Press: Jennie Reznek back on stage by popular demand

February 16, 2016

South African theatre legend Jennie Reznek returns to the stage by popular demand in I Turned Away and She Was Gone. Her acclaimed one-woman show will be performed Wednesdays to Saturdays from 17 February until 12 March at 8pm at Magnet Theatre in Observatory, Cape Town.


Following the premiere last year, praise included comments such as, “Reznek shines…. her script has a poetic cadence … 4 stars” (Cape Argus); “Stirs the soul....a theatrical delight…astonishing” (Cape Times); “…a truly enveloping story of the three main stages in the lives of women…. I Turned…’ might be my favourite one woman show since ‘My Name Is Rachel Corrie. It is vital stuff’  (The Next 48 Hours), and “Watching Jennie move... is like poetry in motion.. a must-see” (Theatre Scene Cape Town).


Written and performed by Reznek, the production excitingly reunites the stellar, core creative Magnet Theatre team of director Professor Mark Fleishman; designer Craig Leo (Tall Horse, Or You Could Kiss Me, London Road, War H,orse); choreographer Ina Wichterich (Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking, Cargo, Rain in a Dead Man’s Footprint; Biko’s Quest) and original music by Neo Muyanga (BLK Sonshine; The Flower of Shembe; Memory of How It Feels). Videography is by Sanjin Muftić.


The show poetically explores the passage and cycles of life of three generations of women – mother, daughter, grandmother, and the relationship we all have with our past, present and future selves. In this  captivating reworking of the Demeter-Persephone story, Reznek takes the audience of a journey of discovery of the bonds that connect mothers and children; the cycle of daughters transforming into mothers and then ageing parents and the inevitable loss of life.  


“I Turned Away And She Was Gone is a human story that examines the relationships we have with ourselves,” says Reznek. “In addition to the incredible responses I received from the females who watched the show, I was fascinated and heartened to hear that male audience members had found much that resonated with them, either for themselves or about the women in their lives.”


Magnet Theatre has been at the forefront of the theatre industry for twenty eight years, creating groundbreaking educational programmes and South African productions that have toured nationally and abroad to acclaim across four continents and twenty four international festivals.


I Turned Away And She Was Gone will be performed Wednesday to Saturdays at 8pm from 17 February until 12 March 2016 at Magnet Theatre, Corner of Lower Main and St Michael’s Roads in Observatory. Limited seating, booking is essential. Ample parking is available next to the Theatre.


Tickets cost R 130 with concessions for scholars, students, pensioners and groups of 10 or more at R65 a ticket.  Enjoy the Mothers and Daughters Two-for-One Special on Wednesday 24 February, 2 and 9 March. Bookings can be made at 



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