This production was originally presented on the main stage at the National Arts Festival, before touring to Johannesburg as part of the 969 Festival, the Hilton Festival and Durban.
This 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows a university professor’s battle with late-stage ovarian cancer. But to say that Wit is about cancer is misleading; it isn’t a tearful lecture on how to die; it’s a dry-eyed lesson on how to live. It is at once funny, sad, tragic and life-affirming, complex and simple.
Durban Theatre Awards 2009
Best Director of Drama
Best Lighting Design
Tina le Roux
Best Poster Design
Best Supporting Actress
Prof. Vivian Bearing
Dr. Kelekian/Mr Bearing
Dr Jason Posner
Sean de Klerk
Tina Le Roux
“Talk about ending the Festival with a bang: the KickstArt production of Wit will twist your gut into knots and leave you shattered- but in a peculiarly cerebral way that strips away sentiment to lay bare pure, genuine, unfettered humanity. Clare Mortimer's performance will leave you reeling; Wit will leave you stunned.”Christine Kennedy, Cue
“Even if you see no other theatrical performance this year make sure you don't miss Wit. It is, in a word, superb. Funny, poignant and truly engages both your heart and mind.”Sestelle Sinkins, The Witness
“Under Steven Stead's sympathetic and impressive direction, Clare Mortimer delivers a committed, courageous and compelling performance. This journey shows the indignities of cancer, the pain devouring the soul, but overall, this is a mental boost to the spirit. A rare and special work from a truly dedicated theatrical team.”Sally Scott, Daily News
“Wit is a play for those who crave a true experience, one which raises their level of consciousness and moves them beyond their ordinary boundaries. It is a transformational experience. It is for those who wish to be wooed by thought and word and deed into the next immeasurable second of their lives.”Gisele Turner, Tonight
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