Profile: Tara Louise Notcutt

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Tara NotcuttTara Notcutt is a South African writer, director and producer. She received her BA in theatre and performance at the University of Cape Town and co-founded the company The Pink Couch in 2009, where she is currently the artistic director.

Notcutt was invited to perform ‘…miskien’ at the Amsterdam Fringe 2011 and Fringe World in Perth 2012. In 2011, she was also part of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, where she worked with some of the world’s leading young directors. “I have never felt as proudly South African as I did when I was there. We live in an amazing country of incredible opportunity and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else in the world.” She also takes part in the Maynardville Open Air Shakespeare and the National Arts Festival.

The Pink Couch is a young, sexy company, founded in 2009 by Tara Louise Notcutt, Albert Pretorius, Gideon Lombard, and Mathew Lewis. The Pink Couch strives to do work that is young, fresh, English, Afrikaans, and exciting, getting young people into theatre. The Pink Couch then welcomed James MacGregor to take a seat, as well as the marvelous Andrew Laubscher – two very talented and handsome young lads. Since 2009, they have rocked and rolled their way into the national theatre scene, as well as making an international mark with their debut show “…miskien”. From Stellenbosch to Grahamstown to Potchefstroom to Perth and to Amsterdam, this is a company that is most certainly going places.

Awards: +2010 FLEUR DU CAP Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director to Tara Louise Notcutt for her direction of “…miskien”
                  +2010 Grahamstown National Arts Festival Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Theatre for “…miskien”
+2011 Grahamstown National Arts Festival Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Physical Theatre for “Mafeking Road”
+2011 Jury Commendation Award at Amsterdam Fringe Festival for “…miskien”
                  +2011 Best Production Award at Aardklop for “…miskien”
+Best Actor joint nomination for Albert Pretorius and Gideon Lombard at Aardklop for “…miskien”|
+Best Director nomination for Tara Notcutt at Aardklop for “…miskien”
+2012 Best Theatre nominee at Fringe World, Perth, Australia for “…miskien”
+2012 Invitation at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown for “…miskien” to travel to New York in 2013

Facebook: The Pink Couch
Twitter: @taranotcutt

 

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