The Pervert Laura, an unsettling and dark psycho-drama, presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre is currently showing at the Fugard Studio Theatre and will extend for one additional week and will now close on 30 May, 2015.
At the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards held at Artscape in March, The Pervert Laura won playwright Louis Viljoen the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director. Viljoen was also awarded the Best New South African Script award for another of his acclaimed plays, The Kingmakers, making him the only double winner on the night. The Pervert Laura also received a nomination in the category of Best New South African Script. Emily Child won the Best Lead Actress Award for her portrayal of the titular character in The Pervert Laura and co-star Guy de Lancey received nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Lighting Design.
The production, which garnered rave reviews after its premiere season at the historical Little Theatre in December last year, stars 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 former 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.
Advance booking is recommended for this limited season.
Warning: The Pervert Laura contains explicit language, nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Strictly no under 18s. Please note that there will be no entry after the start of the performance.