Kinnes to debut at Artscape Theatre this April

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Kinnes PosterKinnes, one of South Africa’s highly anticipated theatre productions is set to wow audiences at the Artscape Theatre in April 2018. It will enjoy a short run at next month’s Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Outdshoorn, before making its theatrical début in The Mother City.

This riveting theatre piece, written by performance artist and scriptwriter Chase Rhys, introduces audiences to a variety of Cape Town-centric characters from the Cape Flats featured in a world of fame, fortune, gangsterism and those trying to perfect the art of being a “Cape Kardashian”.

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Scenes from the awards ceremony of the Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutante Writers. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams.
Scenes from the awards ceremony of the Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutante Writers. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams.

Chase Rhys is a writer and performance artist from Ocean View, outside Cape Town. He is the winner of the inaugural Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers for his debut play Kinnes.

According to play director Hennie van Greunen from Wordsmith’s Theatre Factory, Distell has unearthed a literary treasure in Kinnes, which was the worthy winner of the Adam and Rosalie Small Award and the best debut script he has encountered since Rachelle Greeff’s Die Naaimasjien.

Kinnes, Rhys’ first play and winner of last year’s inaugural Adam and Rosalie Small Award for debut writers, is dedicated to young victims of violence on the Cape Flats. The play interrogates and creates awareness around the lack of adequate protection for the most vulnerable in our communities. “Wining this competition is an exceptional achievement, particularly because it affords me the opportunity to use this platform to share the stories of those who have been voiceless in the past,” says Rhys.

‘We live in invigorating times and with Kinnes, Rhys has unlocked the deep well of the Cape Town narrative and long may the stories continue to flow. His work reflects a deep understanding of the absolute desperation in which his characters find themselves and blatantly refuse to give in to hopelessness,” adds van Greunen.

Kinnes kicks off at the Artscape Theatre from 10 – 19 April 2018. Tickets for this much-anticipated show can be purchased via Computicket at www.computicket.com, or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced at R100 each.

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