A land of twists and turns where lying has consequences for a little girl, a pirate ship with talking vegetables, two homeless thoughts named Fear and Doubt, a hunchbacked man struggling with forgiveness and a boy, a dog and a splintered heart… these are just some of the wacky things you can expect to encounter in this original production, penned by Michelle Douglas, co-written with Steven Feinstein.
Be transported to a bygone age of storytelling as two Vaudeville-esque sisters fabricate their fables, assert their allegories and stimulate five stories in a unique exploration of what it means to be human. Conceptualised, designed and directed by Feinstein, Couplet (written almost entirely in rhyming verse) uses shadows, puppets and masks, employing spectacle and storytelling as it boldly looks at the timeless themes of hatred, prejudice, love, redemption and transformation through the eyes of these two stage sisters, lost in a Victorian music hall somewhere in time, or their imagination.
Theatrical and thrilling for all ages, Search for Productions believes in telling stories that should be relevant for contemporary audiences and Couplet is a modern take on the tradition of magical realism in children’s theatre. Couplet aims to surprise adults and children with a form of story-telling and staging not often seen in South Africa. A two-hander that draws inspiration from the styles and genres of magical realism, vaudeville and fantasy with a postmodern pastiche take on story-telling, Couplet is a production which addresses issues which are highly relevant and topical, in an entertaining, inspiring, visually exciting style performed by Michelle Douglas and Julie-Anne McDowell. Couplet promises to be a theatrical event that will stay in the minds and imaginations of audiences for a long time to come!
This is the first performance of Couplet, before it lands at The National Arts Festival 2017.