STIL to shock audience at State Theatre


The new play STIL opens at the SA State Theatre from February 22 offering an untold tale of mystery and intrigue, guns, blood and roses.

STIL Photo credit: Barry Swart
Photo credit: Barry Swart

“Love is supposed to be (un)selfish and (un)expected,” so says Jannes Erasmus, the PANSA award-winning writer and director, playing his cards close to his chest on the production of STIL, set to play at the South African State Theatre from 22 February. It stars the award-winning Erasmus himself, best actress nominee Zöricke Snyman and Diani Gernandt.

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STIL is an Afrikaans play following an intense interrogation between an inspector and a mad teacher who was lover to a hopelessly romantic journalist. The details of her trial are a shocking ace of spades up Erasmus’ sleeve. “They are nothing more than ordinary people with an extraordinary situation. But who is the third party, what is the quickest way to stop blood, and does the modern-day fairytale and happy ending really exist? Come have a seat, you be the judge,” warns Erasmus.

Jannes Erasmus and Zöricke Snyman. Photo credit Barry Swart
Jannes Erasmus and Zöricke Snyman.
Photo credit Barry Swart

Wilhelm Disbergen has designed using only tables and chairs in a U-shaped setting that will keep an audience on its toes as they will not be far from the interrogation taking place centre stage in the Momentum Theatre. Disbergen is a prolific set, lighting, costume and audio-visual designer. His work received five unprecedented nominations for the 2014 Naledi Theatre Awards. He won the award for best set design for Marikana.

Erasmus still finds it difficult to categorise this play into a suitable genre while not giving away too much before its premiere. All we know is that there will be guns, blood and roses. What better way to remember Valentine’s month? This an untold tale of mystery, intrigue and comedy. STIL will preview on February 22 and open on February 24 to run until March 4. Tickets can be booked at Computicket at R80. No under-13s allowed as the play contains strong language and violence.

STIL Photo credit: Barry Swart
Photo credit: Barry Swart

This production is achieved through the SAST Incubator programme, designed in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial artists through an array of business and technical support and service, offered both in the incubator and through the incubator’s network of contacts. This programme’s main goal is to produce successful incubatees who will leave the programme financially viable and freestanding.

“S T I L – The title doesn’t give away anything. Without warning this production grabs you by the throat, drags you in, and doesn’t let go before this wild ride is over”- Die REKORD.

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