I recently landed the lead male role in a brand new, locally produced musical being put on by Pollyanna Works called Eve’s Mark, starring Monique Hellenberg (Goldfish) in the lead as title character Eve. The musical tackles the issue of gender-based violence and follows Eve’s life story and the challenges she faces dealing with domestic abuse. I get to play the abusive husband Roger. Interestingly enough, I’ve never played this type of sadistic character before and I find this endeavour both extremely exciting and challenging. Up until last year when I played a near-villainous character in Rockville 2069 (Artscape Opera House), I’ve never had to really delve into the psyche of (for lack of better words) a wife-beating, sexually abusive maniac.
The play is a collaboration between Dani Petersen (music, book and lyrics) and Garth Kayster (musicals score and arrangement) and is nearly ten years in the making. It utilises jazz, RnB/soul, hip hop and gospel influences to bring to life a very familiar story that seems a common occurrence in households across South Africa: domestic violence and the politics of interpersonal control.
We had our first meeting/pre-rehearsal this weekend and I can tell you one thing, the show is gonna hit some nerves big time. Here’s a pic of the core cast:
The show runs from May 6th – 9th at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg. Where it goes from there, we’ll have to wait and see.