Captivating coming-of-age tale for Kalk Bay Theatre

 Briony Horwitz in Owl, showing at the Kalk Bay TheatreJon Keevy’s highly acclaimed play, Owl will be performed at Kalk Bay Theatre for five shows only on 30 April and from 2 to 5 May.

Performed by Briony Horwitz, Owl premiered earlier this year, receiving praise such as ‘Horwitz delivers an enchanting performance. Her versatility as an actress is astonishing…..moving and evocative.” (Cape Times); “..beautifully observed…totally delicious..” (Megan’s Head) and four stars from the Cape Argus.

Owl charts a friendship that starts in the heat of the Overberg summer between two ten-year-old girls, finding them again six years later. Olivia arrives in the town with her Dad; she is the new girl, the quiet girl, the weird girl. Then she meets Kay, the girl with the scar.  Horwtiz performs ten characters, from the two young girls and their teenage counterparts to both their fathers and a group of boisterous men.  Owl is a story about climbing trees, punching boys and kissing girls, touching sensitively, and not without humour, on coming-of-age and other issues.

“It’s an honest picture of growing up different in the middle of nowhere,” says Keevy.  “As a former long-standing member of Tuesday night resident TheatreSports,  I am particularly delighted to be staging Owl at Kalk Bay Theatre.”

Creative chameleon Keevy is a writer, designer, director, performer and production manager.  He has an MA in theatre-making and has enjoyed a long-time collaboration with Bosnian-born director Sanjin Muftic.  Together they’ve produced four plays at the National Arts Festival, toured to Rwanda and Knysna, ran an underground theatre and created projections for stage productions, most recently, Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman directed by Lara Bye.

As a production manager, he has worked with directors such as Bye, Christopher Weare, Geoff Hyland, Alan Committie, Peter Krummeck, Mike van Graan and Lara Foot.

Horwitz graduated from UCT with a BA in Theatre and Performance in 2006 and was nominated in the Fleur du Cap’s ‘Most Promising Student’ category.   Theatre experience includes extensive South African tours with children’s theatre productions Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea and Charlotte’s Web. In 2009 she played Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet Unplugged, directed by Anthea Thompson.

As a theatre-maker, Briony’s credits include Spice: Feast and Fable and the rock tribute Woman of Rock . She co-ran Cape Town collaborative theatre company, The Chameleon Collective for two years where they created imaginative and challenging children’s theatre as well as avant-garde physical pieces.  Briony  has also been involved in the creation of educational theatre pieces and has facilitated teenagers in developing their own work, notably the Western Cape Department of Sports and Culture funded The Clock is Tikking. Her film appearances include leads in Karoo (Winner of the 2011 SAFTA for ‘Best Short Film’) and Wounded (due to be released in 2012) and the role of Zoe Harris in the M-Net soap opera The Wild.

Owl is written and directed by Keevy, with choreography by Fiona Du Plooy and music by Brydon Bolton.

Age advisory 15 years

OWL will be performed on Monday 30 April and from Wednesday 2 to 5 May at 20h30.

Doors open at 6.30pm and seating is unreserved. Guests can enjoy a delicious two-course or three course meal created by Kalk Bay Theatre’s talented chef Hannah McMahon, with coffee and dessert served after the show.

Tickets cost R85.

A ticket plus 2 course meal costs R235 or for a ticket and 3 course meal, R285.

Enjoy a burger, dessert and the show for only R165.

For all bookings and further information visit www.kbt.co.za

Press comments include:

Owl a feather in Horwitz’s cap….4 stars” Cape Argus

Horwitz delivers an enchanting performance. Her versatility as an actress is astonishing and her effortless handling of so many characters is to be applauded….moving and evocativeCape Times

Beautifully observed writing makes this piece totally delicious. Briony is strong, and unusual” Megan’s Head

Sy is ewe tuis in kinderlike onskuld en uitdagende tienergedrag. En alles word met empatie gedoen…..Die vertolkings en teks is selfloos.” Die Burger

“Jon Keevy’s play impresses” TheatreSceneCpt

“…..it draws you in and hypnotizes you with its apparent simplicity. Briony plays a slew of characters with a seamless breathless ease that had our eyes transfixed to her every movement” Astrid Stark

Christine Skinner

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