Day One

Published on 19 May 2020

A coup for the vNAF is the world premiere of Nixon in Agony. The audio drama, recorded by Steven Berkoff in London and produced by Robert Harder in Los Angeles, adapts the existing script for a holographic drama by Adam Donen. A president facing impeachment, sitting alone, angry and drunk in the Oval Office the night before the hearing could be lifted directly from current headlines. The year is 1974 and the president is Richard Nixon. Reminiscent of Complicité’s Encounter, the work is an immersive binaural experience which will take you into a bewildering place – the American presidential mind. In order to experience Nixon in Agony as its creators intended, listening in isolation with stereo headphones is strongly advised. As amazing as virtual can be, there will be many missing the sounds and sights of Makhanda. Roddy Fox and Harry Owen have you covered as they present In Tandem: Poetry and Imagery. Birdsong and ambient sounds provide aural texture to panoramic views of the city of saints and surrounds. Sounds from the Eastern Cape are amplified by Joliza Magayiyana’s Bhacasoul, as he presents the music of the Ama Bhaca, from Emawushenu village in Mount Frere. End the day with Deep Spacer, who take you to a different space and time with their mysterious sonic tempo.