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Milnerton Players Presents CAREFUL by Fiona Coyne Next Month

Performances run 15-30 July 2022.

Milnerton Players Presents CAREFUL by Fiona Coyne Next Month

Milnerton Players will present the internationally acclaimed play, 'Careful' by the late Fiona Coyne. Running from 15 to 30 July at the Milnerton Playhouse this two-hander is one of the best examples of Coyne's sharp wit and incisive understanding of human nature. Possibly best known as the South African presenter of the television reality series, 'The Weakest Link', Coyne also authored the box office success, 'Glassroots', which, together with 'Careful', earned her a firm place among the list of respected local playwrights.

The late Prof. Roy Sargeant, on behalf of the Artscape New Writing Programme, begged Coyne to write this play for the then doyenne of the SA theatre, Diane Wilson, who consequently won the Best Actress award playing Jean at the 2009 Dublin Play Festival. Coyne was nominated for Best Playwright.

'Careful' is an evocative and thought provoking production with well-drawn female characters. An accomplished South African actress, Jean (Gillian Vosloo), admired for her faultless performances covering the classical and Shakespearian repertoires is now facing her biggest and most daunting challenge. Her career is fading fast, work has been sparse and her success depends on the portrayal of a lesbian character. She persuades the only gay woman she knows, Leila, a theatre critic, (Carolyn Venter) to guide her with mannerisms and attitude to portray this character in this new play, which by any standards seems to be of an inferior quality.

As they meet one rainy evening Jean is rehearsing on the empty stage of a theatre, prior to the commencement of the actual rehearsals. The meeting becomes an epic exchange of insults and accusations as the actress and the critic struggle to find common ground and in the process, face their own individual demons. Interspersed with delightful humour, the play shows two women from opposite worlds engaging in a battle of wits, where the line between the world of the stage and the real world become blurred. Humour and pathos reveal a startling reality between these two forceful women: that beneath the surface we are all the same. Or are we?

Experienced performer Gillian Vosloo makes a welcome return to the Playhouse stage after an absence of some years in the role of Jean, the actress. Canadian drama graduate Carolyn Venter, now back in South Africa, plays the journalist, Leila.

The rights to perform this production have been made possible by the special permission of the Coyne family.


Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton, 7441

Evening performances at 20h00: 15, 16, 22, 23 28,29, 30 July;

Matinee: 14h30; 16, 23, 30 July

Bookings: Online only:

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