The Pervert Laura, a dark psycho-drama written and directed by the award-winning playwright Louis Viljoen (Champ, The Frontiersmen, The Kingmakers) will transfer to the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town in May this year after a highly acclaimed debut at the historical Little Theatre in December 2014.
The production, which received rave reviews after its premiere season, stars Emily Child (King Lear, Champ, Don't Dress for Dinner, A Certain Lady) as Laura, with a powerhouse supporting cast of Terry Norton (Othello, Equus, A Doll's House, Rainbow Scars), Nicholas Pauling (Amadeus, Hamlet, Waiting for the Barbarians, Champ, The Frontiersmen), Guy de Lancey (Cosi, The Birdwatchers, Endgame) and newcomer Sarah Potter (Four Small Gods, The Lover, Ebola). Child, Norton, Pauling and de Lancey are all past Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominees and winners.
The Pervert Laura follows 30 year old Laura through a week in her life. In conversations with her therapist, an attempt at an affair in a seedy hotel room, and through arguments with her family, Laura reveals herself to be a woman on the road to absolute self-annihilation. As secrets are unearthed and accusations are made and relationships are shattered, the true source of Laura's decision to veer from the path society chose for her becomes clear. The play is an uncomfortable journey into the dark heart of a woman's past, and what awaits her in the darkness is more monstrous than she could have imagined. It is a character study of a woman disassembling her life that becomes a horrific odyssey as the story unfolds.
The Pervert Laura will run at The Fugard Studio Theatre from 6 to 23 May 2015. Tickets will be available through The Fugard Theatre Box Office on 021 461 4554 or computicket.com. Advance booking is recommended for this limited season. Warning: The Pervert Laura contains explicit language, nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. No under 18’s.
What the Media had to say:
"The cast of five achieve theatre of a calibre seldom attained ….”
***** [five stars]
Beverley Brommert, The Cape Argus
“Explicit, erotic, depraved, critically engaging and ultimately utterly liberating.”
Steyn Du Toit , The Cape Times
"Viljoen carefully orchestrates the twists and turns with masterful agility.”
David Fick, Broadway World
"You’ll walk out feeling exquisitely tortured.”
Steve Kretzman, The Crit