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PRESS: Award winning JAKOB with Bryan Hiles at The Drama Factory

Christine Skinner


Winner of a Silver Ovation Award at the Virtual National Arts Festival in 2020, JAKOB has its Cape Town premiere at The Drama Factory from 18 until 23 April.

Performed by Durban’s Bryan Hiles, JAKOB is a one man show based on a short story written and directed by Michael Taylor- Broderick, adapted for the stage by award winning actress and director, Clare Mortimer.

JAKOB is an engaging tale about a strange little boy, and about love, light and everything reflected in between. Its central theme revolves around the issue of prejudice and tells the story of a child who is born different and who is ostracized by the community in which he lives. The play deals with Jakob's journey through childhood and explores the ways in which he learns to cope with his exclusion. Jakob uses the medium of light, and the absence thereof, to drive the narrative. It is a drama that has been described as "indie theatre" and its combination of lyrical prose and technical theatrics propel it into the genre of magical realism.

Jakob has always been exceptionally well received and a few years ago was recognised by the Durban Theatre Award judges in the following categories: Best New Script, Best Director, Best Actor in a Solo Performance, Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design, winning Bryan Hiles the Best Actor in a Solo Performance award.


Praise for the show has included:

JAKOB” is a sublime balancing act of striking visuals, beautiful prose and delicate storytelling. Beautifully written and performed…”Cue, Grahamstown

JAKOB is brilliant and enigmatic theatre with its riddles and questions which got under my skin and puzzle me still. This parable is writing at its best with a great performance to match.” – Andrew Verster

JAKOB will be performed at The Drama Factory from 18 until 23 April.

Tickets cost R180 / R160 / R145.

Evening performances are at 19h30 on 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 April

There are matinee performances at 16h00 on 19, 22 and 23 April

Bookings can be made at

For enquiries contact 073 215 2290

With its fully licensed bar and cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Drama Factory is the perfect venue to enjoy top-quality entertainment with a group of friends or family. The solar-powered invertor ensures the show will always go on, even when there is load-shedding!

Make a staycation of a visit to The Drama Factory, booking in with one of their wonderful accommodation partners. Spend the night at The Views Guesthouse, 185 on Beach or Majorca House to enjoy the beauty and many other activities on offer in the surrounding Helderberg region. Visit the website for further details.

The Drama Factory is situated at 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape. Parking is available at the venue.


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