Written and directed by 2014 Fleur du Cap winner Penelope Youngleson, Full Stops on Your Face (FSOYF) is produced by Rust Co-Operative (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award 2014, Amsterdam Fringe 2014, Standard Bank Ovation Award 2013, Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands 2013, IDGTF Awards for Best new production 2013).
Youngleson also directed and wrote A Man and a Dog (based on Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi’s autobiography), which won a Silver Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival. FSOYF enjoyed critical acclaim at the Arena platform of NAF 2015 and was described as a “must see” in the Cue Newspaper.
FSOYF is a one-woman performance by Iman Isaacs that contrasts the scourge of social injustice and Islamophobia gathering momentum in global politics; with the increasingly horrific cases of gendered violence in South African homes. First performed in 2013, FSOYF was rewritten in 2014 to update its relevance in current news.
Wars and genocide over the last decade have taught us our fair share of racial profiling.
We’ve been told exactly what a terrorist looks like. And the beckoning finger of governance ensures we don’t forget it. But when the line between vigilante and villain is drawn by the end of that finger, it becomes more and more difficult to know whether people will be able to see past your face.
“If you have any interest in the future of South Africa, ensure you watch this work.” – Sarah Roberson, 2014
“This is one of the most powerful pieces I have seen at the National Arts Festival in a very, very long time. The writing is unlike anything we’ve seen in the past 20 years...and the performance [by Isaacs] is unique.” – Adrienne Sichel
FSOYF, presented by Rust Co-Operative (performed by Iman Isaacs and written, directed and designed by Penelope Youngleson), will run at the Rosebank Theatre 8 – 26 September 2015 (8pm), with tickets available at Webtickets at R120.