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#CTFringe17 - Let's Eat Hair

October 4, 2017

Given the fact that the Hiddingh Campus was a backdrop for many Cape Town Fringe Festival productions this past week, it seemed to be the perfect venue to stage Let’s Eat Hair. This production was staged as part of the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival, and showecased at the Little Theatre. This spring-time mix of visual, dance and physical theatre proved to be a favourite amongst the audiences in attendance.

  

 

The production was produced by VUKALLECTIVE. VUKALLECTIVE is a collective of creatives who join forces with a shared vision through the Arts, Marketing, Conceptual Theatre and New Media. This multifaceted entity’s ethos of aesthetics are visible in the production. Let’s Eat Hair is a multidisciplinary production that is based on a piece written by Carl Laszlo in 1956. The production was previously performed at the Vrystaat Kunstefees in 2015 where it won the award for best Upcoming Free State Talent. In this adaptation, the dialogue is accompanied by post-modern dance and incorporates dialogue that contemporary South African audiences can relate to.

 

 

The experience:

 

Coming into the production, the audiences encountered the actors, sitting on stage in total silence. The lighting state was dark and omniscient. This certainly stirred my imagination. The production explored and was jam-packed with hard-hitting themes that are of extreme relevance to society. It dealt with issues such as succumbing to the pressures of society and worlds of work.

 

The production was visually appealing, as it explored the use of pink and floral elements in its lighting, costume and set design. These visual elements easily transformed from mundane to extraordinary as the props and set pieces were flexible and could manipulate the eyes of audiences instantly. Repetitive dance movements and dialogue reiterated that Let’s Eat Hair was created as a conceptual piece.

 

The actors (Michelle Kim Hoffman, Mamakhooa Jane and Lloyd Flanegan) cleverly conveyed the need to escape from societal conventions and pressures through brilliantly choreographed movements that varied from relaxed, to tense, to fast-paced. These were reinforced through a strong sound design component.

 

The dialogue also presented analogies of human behaviour, to that of animals, specifically, dung beetles. The actors often depict moments of intense human interaction, but also strong senses of individuality. The production questions what the human purpose is, and reverts to showing humans in their most primitive form.

 

 

The production has since ended their showcase at the Cape Town Fringe, but we hope to see more installments of this production returning. The production also evokes a lot of thought, as it speaks to issues that young people have to enlighten themselves about, in order to survive the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.

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