Hot on the heels of the PopArt success of The Game 'Ohne Dich', 'Redemption' hits Jozi with more of the twisted, dark comedy that has sold out Cape Town audiences numerous times.
For just four nights join legendary coach Frik Du Perez (Milton Schorr) and the giant female player Tatiana Romkova (Brendan Murray), as they face a shared secret that has haunted them all their lives. Will Tatiana live to play another day? Will Frik finally face the awful reality of his secret life? All will be revealed when they play The Game.
Hailed as ‘pure genius’, ‘superb’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker’, The Game is a new form of theatre. Improvised according to a set story-line and intentionally grappling with deep universal themes, every performance is one of a kind, creating the on-the- edge energy that has made the franchise notorious.
What the audience had to say:
“Absolutely fantastic. Well done. Non stop entertainment. Very funny and quite emotional at times. Well done.”- Fraser
“Some interesting themes but should not be advertised as a comedy unless the nudity is deemed as the comedic aspect which is unintelligent to say the least. ”- Belinda
“Loved it completely! It was brutally funny and brave. What a wonderful night out. Thank you! ”-Carolyn
“This is what theatre should be.” - Ari
About The Game:
The Game is long form improvisation with balls. Set in a world where an ancient form of extreme handball has become a global obsession, The Game is a series of live events featuring Coach Frik du Perez (Milton Schorr), Tatiana Romkova (Brendan Murray), Japie Greyling (Andrew Laubscher), Shannon (Adrian Collins), Maachel (Andrew Roux) and Ange (Mikki-dene Le Roux). It is generally wholly improvised, rehearsal work revolving around character and relationship development, meaning events are unpredictable with participants simply playing The Game and letting what may unfold.
It was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the South African National Arts Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. ‘A waste of time and money…', 'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…’, 'TOTALLY inappropriate'; and 'no talent, no story-line, no game…' are just a few snippets from that landmark text. The cast immediately had t-shirts printed with the worst of the quotes, and continued to challenge audiences with the show’s unique, non-theatrical style.
In the words of the show’s creator, Milton Schorr: ‘We realised that the review was a shocked, purely honest response that gave us a perfect window into the dynamics of The Game. In rehearsal we discovered that the phrase “totally inappropriate” is exactly what The Game is about, because it means “honest”. From then on, whenever we worked on a new instalment, we asked ourselves “is this totally inappropriate, is this honest?” Honesty, we agreed, is what is often lacking on the stage, with productions usually re-presenting old themes and styles, which is why honesty is shocking.’
Despite the original reviewer’s feelings other people did like the play, some even loved it. ‘Funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker’, ‘I have never seen a room full of people laugh this hard’, and ‘it was like a rollercoaster’, were just a few of the sentiments gathered at that first performance.
After a hiatus of nearly six years Milton Schorr and Brendan Murray, unable to shake the feeling that The Game still had an important place on the stage, decided to reprise the format in Cape Town with ‘The Game: Redemption’ (2015). ‘Shannon’s Tongue’ (2015), and 'Ohne Dich' (2016).
Dedicated Game Fan Ari Kruger shares the experience of watching ‘Redemption’ in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60TSb8ImCTI