Review: The Inconvenience of Wings


The Inconvenience of WingsThere is a beautiful moment that explodes simultaneously in your head and your heart when you realise 1) that what you are experiencing was designed for you, and 2) that there are people who value the small exquisite details that illustrate and bring to life something seemingly simple yet difficult to deal with.

Multi-award-winning theatre director and producer, Lara Foot, has done it once again.  Along with her unquestionably talented team of actors, Foot has created a South African story fuelled with honesty, pain, suffering and love – a story that is all too often ignored because of its painful and therefore unpopular nature. In its study of mental instability, The Inconvenience of Wings references the likes of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, American psychologist Ray Redfield and American psychiatrist Abraham J Twerski.

Jennifer Steyn (2014 Fleur du Cap award-winner for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore) gives a brave, bold performance as Sara, a manic depressive wife and mother. Andrew Buckland (most recently seen in his brilliant physical theatre piece, Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof) painfully guides us through the suffering and disillusionment of Paul, Sara’s husband. Professor James, played by Mncedisi Shabangu ( Sizwe Banzi is Dead) is the lonely psychiatrist who befriends the couple and completes the triangle of complexity, honesty, and pain.

In the Golden Arrow Studio upstairs at the Baxter, Patrick Curtis has transformed the intimate space into a simple yet clever, clean, warm, well-crafted home. Mannie Manim’s lighting is clean, thought-provoking and informative. With choreography by Grant van Ster, costumes by Birre le Roux and composition and sound by Philip Miller, this production  is a full package, gift-wrapped and waiting to be opened and experienced.

The Inconvenience of Wings is a precious, honest, witty, well-informed, raw, pure piece of South African theatre.

Thola Antamu

The Inconvenience of Wings runs at the Baxter Golden Arrow Theatre 12 July to 13 August 2016. Age restriction 16, language and nudity.

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