Posts Tagged ‘three blind mice’

Nat Ramabulana and Janna Ramos Violante perform in The Imagined Land at Vicky’s, Grahamstown, 10 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The Imagined Land is a new play by acclaimed writer Craig Higginson in which a famous Zimbabwean novelist, modelled on Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing, is confronted by her biographer with difficult memories from her past. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

The National Arts Festival pretty much reflects the theatre scene as a whole. There is still not enough black theatre, and there are not enough black audience members. It’s largely a matter of economics but it’s also related to artistic will.

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Tara Louise Notcutt, the busiest Director of the National Arts Festival 2015. Notcutt has directed up to 67 performances across eight shows. Photo: Aaliyah Tshabalala

Sitting inside the Rhodes Theatre, the production of Three Blind Mice is being set-up on stage. Tara Louise Notcutt, 28, looks glowing and collected – in complete contrast to the frazzled and wild state that you would expect the busiest director at Festival to be.

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Three Blind Mice, Rob van Vuuren’s flagship play, opened to a full house at the Rhodes Theatre on Monday night. The show is one of the 2015 Festival’s most anticipated productions, with every show selling out.

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