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PRESS: New Sue Pam-Grant play premieres at the Baxter

A&M Production


In celebration of Women’s Month, Abrahamse and Meyer Productions presents the world premiere of award-winning South African writer, actress and visual artist, Sue Pam-Grant’s latest one-woman play, why do moths fly like crazy f*@#ks in the night?

This visceral contemporary portrait for the stage is inspired by the life and work of Louise Bourgeois, one of the most prolific and fascinating visual artists of the 20th century, and profoundly explores the creative process and spirit.

This tour-de-force stars Pam-Grant in the complex and multi-faceted role of ‘The Artist’ under Fred Abrahamse’s astute direction.

Pam-Grant explains: “This (re)imagined Portrait, in the form of a ‘spoken drawing’ is a homage to the French vanguard artist, Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010), most often associated with her famous steel and marble spider sculpture, Maman (1999),(one of the largest sculptures in the world measuring over 30ft high and over 33 ft wide). Bourgeois, at the age of seventy, exploded, eclipsed, and changed the landscape of the male dominated contemporary art world with her brave, tenacious, raw, provocative, fuel-injected subjecthood and psychanalytic commentary on the ‘imperfect experience’ of the human condition.

Her work and life story have not only influenced my thinking, and my interdisciplinary art making practice, but have played a deeply profound and integral role in the shaping and forming of my artistic agency, provocations,and conversations as a woman artist with a desire to be ever present and ‘alive’ in this world today.”

The Baxter’s Masambe Theatre will be transformed into a poetic, liminal space, blurring the boundaries between gallery, theatre, and artist’s studio as the audience voyeuristically observe The Artist wrestling with her work, life, and personal demons.

In a densely packed 75 minutes, why do moths fly like crazy f*@#ks in the night? will take the audience on a profound odyssey into the secret soul of an artist, shedding light on her greatest joys, fears, and deepest desires.

Sue Pam-Grant’s professional career spans over the past 38 years with an archive of works existing in the form of numerous plays, performances, public installations, assemblages, solo exhibits of visual works, drawings, etchings, paintings, artist’s books, video, film, online publications, and immersive installations. Her works have been highly acclaimed and have had international recognition. Her practice crosses the visual arts, performance, and theatre and film making practices.

Earlier this year, multi-award-winning Fred Abrahamse won his third Best Director award at the annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, for the highly acclaimed play, Contested Bodies, which just completed a successful return season at the Baxter Theatre.

why do moths fly like crazy f*@#ks in the night? runs from 3 – 26 August in the Baxter’s Masambe Theatre. Evening performances are at 19:30 with matinees on Saturdays at 15:00. Ticket prices range from R150 – R220. Bookings now open at Webtickets.


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