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Spanish Steps

Theatre / Hangar

A man. A Woman. A box of abandoned dreams

In this comedy drama, two unlikely companions get stuck in a basement and face the unhappy prospect of spending the foreseeable future in close quarters. Maureen the earnest corporate exec, and Barry, her underachieving employee, get to know one another more than they ever wanted. They enter into a fraught dance, triggering each other’s deepest issues and in the process, they become mirrors of each other’s blind spots. As the tensions rise we wonder if they will push each other over the edge or if they’ll help each other become unstuck.

Spanish Steps is proudly sponsored by 2Sugars Productions (formerly Sugar-daddy Theatre Co).

Interview with writer and actor Gavin Werner

Review of Spanish Steps

Please note that this show is in a Rhodes University venue and as such you will be required to show your vaccine certificate or a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of Covid positive status within the last three months.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by Gavin Werner

Cast:
Barry (Male lead): Gavin Werner
Maureen (Female lead): Dianne Simpson
Director: Caroline Midgley
Lighting Design: Frans Mandilakhe Zunguze
Photography: Rethea Boer

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Dianne Simpson graduated from Pretoria Technikon in 1996. She then attended the TVI Actors Studio course in LA.
Her theatre highlights include Spoof Full Of Sugar (Sandton Square), The Sound Of Music (State Theatre), My Fair Lady (State Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Civic Fringe Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Sandton Square), Without A Hitch (Monte Casino Studio), The Taming Of The Shrew (Maynardville), Into The Woods (Theatre on the Bay and Monte Casino) and Kinky Boots (The Fugard Theatre).

She has appeared on TV in Generations, Egoli, The Wild, Binnelanders, Heaven Can Wait and Legacy, and movies in Passion Gap, Play By Heart and Bhai’s Café. She has done numerous documentary re-enactments including The Devil Speaks, The Grant Series and American Monster.

She was an on-set voice artist for the movie Racing Stripes (Warner Bros) and she can be heard as the voice of Lillian in SA animated Movie Jock, The Hero Dog. She wrote a few episodes of Silly Seasons (motion capture animation series for e-tv) directed by Daniel Buckland and voiced the characters of Summer and Venus. She also wrote and voiced Sharp Sharp children’s programme for four years for the SABC. She became one of the writers for Legacy Season 2 in 2021.

She has written and has been touring with her own one woman show, Rose Red since 2011 and debuted the sequel, The Sisters Ugly at the National Arts Festival in 2017.

Gavin Werner’s theatre credits include Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite, Noel Coward’s Private Lives, David Stevens’ The Sum of Us and Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast. He has appeared in over twenty-five film and TV productions, including Black Sails, Wallander, Warrior and Vagrant Queen. After school he enrolled for a performer’s diploma at UCT, then switched to IT for several years which led him to travel extensively and live and work around the world. He came back to Cape Town to study at ACT Cape Town and thereafter with the Mathew Harrison’s Actor’s Foundry based in Vancouver. He won a silver Standard Bank Ovation Award (2021) for his performance in Pete Malicki’s (extra)ordinary (un)usual. He has written one play (Spanish Steps), a short film (The Art of Peace) and a screen play (FarAway).

Caroline Midgely has a penchant for satire and shrewd social commentary and she enjoys exploring the fine line between comedy and tragedy with her actors. She discovered her love of directing while studying drama at Wits and at AFDA. Starting as an assistant director in Laughing Wild by Christopher Durang, she became known for her innovative and sometimes quirky techniques for helping the actors find their characters. Her directing credits include her own productions of Hey Baby and Ain’t She Sweet. Her theatre acting credits include Berkoff’s Decadence, Pinter’s The Lover, and a female Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, and her most recent television appearance was as Ruth in Tali’s Wedding Diary.

  • Venue: Hangar
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Prince Alfred St, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R80.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 70mins
  • Ages: 16
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