Hit Pictures of You returns to Baxter

Christine Skinner
01/21/2010 09:21:14

The acclaimed Pictures of You returns to the Baxter Theatre Centre by popular demand.

This quirky visual love story played to sold-out houses last year at the Baxter, and will be performed from 1-13 February 2010 in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

"Pictures of You was the highest grossing theatre show on the fringe at the 2009 National Arts Festival and we are thrilled to be returning to the Baxter," says director Rob Murray.

"We also played to sold-out houses at Grahamstown and have received an awesome response wherever we perform this production. We are also proud to be associated with Janni Younge, winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist award for theatre, and Pictures of You is a truly unique show created by an award-winning team of collaborators."

At first sight, Frank and Janet's marriage is the picture of perfection - neat, ordered, and respectable. But underneath lies a deeper truth - one of buried secrets and repressed desires that begin leaking out when Frank starts to dream.

Using a sumptuous blend of character masks, magic realism, arresting imagery, puppetry and an imaginative soundscape, Pictures of You weaves together a surreal world across the thin line between dreaming and reality, between sanity and insanity. It is a love story that explores the pleasure, pain, mistakes and forgiveness that govern our responses to being in love.

Presented by a conspiracy of clowns, in association with from the hip: khulumakahle (FTH:K), the production is devised and directed by Rob Murray (Quack!; ‘Nuff Sed; Gaëtan Schmid's The Dog's Bollocks; Bird's Eye View), performed by Liezl de Kock (Quack!; Gumbo; ‘Nuff Sed) and Dorian Burstein (Wet Feet; Love Amongst the Bones; Cowboy Mouth) with visual design by winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist award for theatre and director of Out the Box Festival, Janni Younge and sound design by James Webb, winner of the 2008 ABSA L'atelier prize.

A conspiracy of clowns is a collective of award-winning visual theatre makers, made up of a flexible number of artists nationwide. The initiative is geared towards promoting a collaborative approach to creating original theatre work with a particular focus on clowning, visual theatre, puppetry and contemporary devised performance.

FTH:K is a multi-award-winning visual theatre and education company that aims to revolutionise the South African Theatre industry through the development of Deaf and hearing performer-creators.

Following the run at the Baxter, FTH:K have been invited to the USA to perform their production Quack! as part of the two-week visual theatre festival in Washington, Quest Fest, before returning to perform at Out the Box Festival.

"With two new works in the pipeline and a programme at the Market Theatre in September of performances, workshops, discussions and visual theatre lecture-demonstrations, it's a very busy and exciting year for FTH:K!" says Murray.

*Pictures of You runs in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio Monday- Saturday at 20h15 from 1 to 13 February 2010. Ticket prices are R75 Tuesday - Thursday and R95 on Friday and Saturdays. On Monday nights theatre-goers can enjoy a light meal in the Baxter Restaurant and see a performance of Pictures of You for only R60. Tickets available from Baxter Box office only.

Tuesdays is "Twos-days" at Pictures of You. Pay R75 for 1 ticket and get two!

Tickets for block bookings of 10 or more, and concessions (students, pensioners, Deaf and disabled) are R65 and for FTH:K Members R45, all valid from Wednesday - Saturday.

Book through Computicket at or call 083 915 8000 or visit any Checkers/Shoprite store. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings contact the Baxter Sales office on 021 680 3962.

For more information about Pictures of You, a conspiracy of clowns or FTH:K, please contact Rob on 084 778 9441 or e-mail, visit the blog or join the Pictures of You Facebook group.

Production information:

Production: Pictures of You
Devised by: Rob Murray and the cast, based on an idea by Rob Murray and Liezl de Kock
Directed by: Rob Murray
Venue: Baxter Golden Arrow Studio
Dates: 1 to 13 February 2010
Cast: Liezl de Kock and Dorian Burstein
Masks and puppets by Janni Younge
Sound design by James Webb

What the press have said about Pictures of You:

"...this slow-burning charmer has been stealing the hearts of audiences around the country. Currently, it is captivating Festival patrons for the second year in a row... Pictures of You is a dainty delicacy, to be cradled, adored and treasured." - CUE 8 July 2009

"This is a powerfully intense drama featuring Liezl de Kock (Janet) and Dorian Burstein (Frank), devised and directed by Rob Murray. The passion between Frank and Janet has dissipated and they both have dreams and expectations. Sound and light are ingeniously exploited to create the atmosphere which kept the audience spellbound by a gripping display of incredible acting for more than an hour. This team are experienced entertainers, and a must see for all festinos." - CUE

"Another peach of a show, also employing a strong visual idiom and non-verbal musings, was Rob Murray's Pictures of You; this meditation on relationship torpor was a tonic." - CUE again

"Genius... something you simply cannot afford to miss" - Cape Time

"Theatrical gem... innovative and riveting... an elevating theatrical treat" - Mail & Guardian

"...compelling, seductive and very rewarding" - Cape Argus

"A refreshing and magical stage offering that will linger long after you've left" -

"Explosive theatre... edgy, disturbing and entertaining" - The Sunday Independent

"A powerful work that will leave you with a very strong memory" - 48hours

"Compelling... we are touched in ways that stay with us long after the play has ended" - Bizcommunity 2009

"mesmerising... riveting" - The Star

"beautiful... really brilliant" -  

"emotionally intense... Must-see, gripping theatre" - CUE

"...'n aangrypende stukkie lewe ..." Die Burger

"I found the whole experience intense, riveting and totally disturbing. Liesl and Dorian were absolutely incredible, physically realising the characters with such precision and detail that, even with huge unmoving masks, they were incredibly moving. Rob has directed them with vision and the quirky and surreal set (that was slightly cumbersome at times) was beautiful and strange, as was James Webb's soundscape.

I was sucked in to this strange world of sadness and longing and the most fragile of moments. And it was extraordinary." -  

"... uitstekend" - Beeld Account:
Christine Skinner
082 855 7277

Related Venue:
Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town Western Cape South Africa