Magnet Theatre to Debut I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE


A first draft showing of Magnet Theatre's new work, I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE will debut at the end of August. A one-woman show written and performed by Jennie Reznek, I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE is a poetic reworking of the Persephone story.

Carl Jung said: "We could therefore say that every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother, and that every woman extends backwards into her mother and forwards into her daughter." In I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE, three incarnations of women - a mother, a daughter and an old crone - combine in a haunting exploration of past, present and future selves. Drawing loosely on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, this new play explores the process of individuation, the inevitability of the journey into the shadow and into the unknown, of the bonds that connect mothers and children to each other, of loss and the dense beautiful soaring life through which we are all traveling.

I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE is Jennie Reznek's first one woman show since THE SHOW'S NOT OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS, which performed for two years all over South Africa and the world. This production happily reconnects the old team of Magnet creatives who developed such award winning works as RAIN IN A DEAD MAN'S FOOTPRINTS, CARGO, ONNEST'BO, EVERY YEAR EVERY DAY I AM WALKING and VOICES MADE NIGHT. Directed by Mark Fleishman, I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE features choreography by Ina Wichterich, design by Craig Leo, original music by Neo Muyanga and voice coaching by Liz Mills

I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE will be performed at the Magnet Theatre, which is situated on the corner of Lower Main and St Michael's Roads in Observatory, for three performances only, from 28 - 30 August at 19h00. Tickets cost R100, with a concession price of R50 for students and pensioners. Online bookings are already open at PnP Tickets, with payment options including EFT or credit card. Bookings at Magnet Theatre itself will open on 25 August, where payments can be made by credit card or cash only - no debit card facilities are available. Seating is limited seating, so booking is recommended, but available tickets will be on sale on the evenings of the performances. Ticket sales will be used towards the further development of this piece.

Magnet Theatre wishes to thank the following organisations without whom we would not be able to sustain our programmes: National Lottery Distrubution Trust Fund, Rand Merchant Bank, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the HCI Foundation, the Distell Foundation, the Jacob Levy Trust, Cliffe Dekker Hoffmeyer Inc., the Johannesburg Repertory Company, Milagro Foundation, Rooibos Limited and the University of Cape Town.

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