#Woordfees2018: A break-up, an iPod and an accident in Logos
As a writer in the field of performing arts, it is important that you are extremely passionate about the subjects which you write about. The subjective journey for me started with Logos, a production by Plaasvervanger Produksies, debuted at this year’s Woordfees. The production is directed by Tara Notcutt, artistic director of The Pink Couch.
Logos focuses on a man who stands at a Driver’s Licence Centre, in seemingly lengthy queues to renew his driver’s licence. Needless to say, unnecessary red-tape and the bureaucracy associated with public sector organisations weighs him down. The man tells stories of tragedies that he has had to endure in his life, from different perspectives, and it is up to the viewer to decide which perspective is the real perspective. The production is palimpsestuous, and deals with the themes of bureaucratic systems force individuals to conform. It is abstract, incorporates aspects of psychology and an outward representation of mental illness.
The production was written by and features John Swart, an actor with comprehensive experience having played in various productions such as Hansie & Grietjie, Dark Sanctuary, Lunch, Baby with the Bathwater, Freak Country, and many more. In his performance, he conveyed great passion for the production’s themes, and moved audiences through this conviction. Through his character-arch, he portrays moments of anxiety to the extent where the audiences are positively coerced into feeling anxious too.
The technical things:
The set design does the most in terms of trying to show how messy institutions like a driver’s licence centre, SARS, and even Home Affairs can be. The production makes use of realistic props, a sound design which uses bells, voice-overs, and a familiar track from the 1960’s to aid the multi-layered plot. The lighting design is multi-functional as it elevates the mood of scenes, and impacts the aura in the performance space. Goose bumps were felt. TW for those with OCD: You will see papers scattered on the floor in a seemingly meaningless way. All these elements culminates in a production in which a break-up, an iPod and an accident stands as metaphoric logos in life.
Logos is presented in Afrikaans, and runs for approximately 80 minutes. Audiences can catch it, which shows at the 2018 US Woordfees for a final time on 8 March 2018 at 20:30 at the newly refurbished HB Thom Theatre’s Laboratium. Tickets can be purchased online through Computicket, at all Computicket outlets, and at the festival’s box office at 37 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch. Tickets are R90 (online), R80 (for students) or R100 (at the door).
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