Expectant is a contemporary coming of age story told against the backdrop of a 400-year colonial history of young, white, English speaking South Africans, and how their identity revolves and dissolves around what it means to be "from this country".
Posed as the late-night conversation-stains of a young woman who finds out she's pregnant and isn't sure she can stomach having another version of her own uncertainties materialise in front of her – Expectant addresses the fault lines in our country's creolised culture with a dark sense of humour and sobering interpretation of the "new" South Africa, a country where we only know who we are if we can label who everyone else is.
Poking fun at the pastel-flavoured placebos we swallow every morning over breakfast, watch Rebecca Makin-Taylor in a sensitively crafted performance that is as alluring as it is alarming. Featuring soundscapes and score by Joanie and Ben Ludik (Invisible Nightclub) – of Cannes Film Festival award-winning Skoonheid, and legendary South African filmmaker Katinka Heyns' Die Wonderwerker fame.
Expectant is a 2013 National Arts Festival Standard Bank Ovation award winner and it was also named in the City Press as the fifth most important show to see on the NAF Fringe. It has played to audiences in Cape Town at the Intimate Theatre, Alexander Bar Upstairs venue and the Theatre Arts Admin Collective; as well as the Klein Libertas Teater (as part of Winterfees 2012) in Stellenbosch.
Expectant was also invited as a practice-as-research performance for the African Theatre Association Conference in 2012 – and was in Amsterdam in the Netherlands in November 2013 for the Afrovibes festival.
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