This remarkable play set in the tiny Karoo town of New Bethesda, in the now famous “Owl House”, is an intricately shaded balancing act of light and dark. The play is based on the real-life character of Helen Martins whose eccentric, glitter-covered cement sculptures of camels, wise men, mermaids and owls in her back garden inspired Fugard to write The Road to Mecca. In the play, Miss Helen’s unique and highly personal art works become the source of conflict as neighbours and in particular, the local minister, see her simply as an object of charity, or even a threat.
Durban Theatre Awards 2007
Best Supporting Actor
“For the next three weeks, KickstArt’s fine production of The Road to Mecca will give the new Seabrooke’s Theatre a flying start in it’s bid to augment the city’s already vibrant theatre scene… Helen Martins’ home is vividly illustrated in Greg King’s evocative set…the performances are excellent.”Patrick Compton, The Mercury
“With Durban theatre seemingly existing on an unending diet of stand-up comedy and musical tribute shows, it is a real treat to see the lights go up on a classic “well-made play”, and a South African one at that. Top marks to KickstArt productions. This production boasts a beautifully detailed set from Greg King and unfussy direction from Steven Stead.”Stephen Coan, The Witness
“KickstArt has bought another dazzling production to the stage… Alison Cassells triumphs in her performance as the frail and lonely Miss Helen, capturing the essence of a woman who was both excited and terrified by her brilliance, You believe every word she says, every tug on her tattered cardigan, every gaze lost in the distance. And she is well supported by Clare Mortimer and Thomie Holtzhausen. Greg King once again dazzles with his set… the walls wink and twinkle and every detail has been observed from the steam rising from a tin bath to the preserves in the pantry… a well-layered and professional production from director Steven Stead.”Emma Nicholson, The Daily News