THE STORY

The Hucksters is an acid-tongued exploration of a casual sexual encounter gone awry. A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a romantic, booze fueled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. The mistakes of the past become the horrors of the present as these two broken people dig into their previous lives and the lies that lead them to each other.

The play is written and directed by Louis Viljoen (The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, The Demon Bride) and stars award winning actors Emily Child (The Pervert Laura, The Road To Mecca, Contractions) and Nicholas Pauling (A Steady Rain, Blue/Orange, The Father).

A NEW PLAY BY LOUIS VILJOEN

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Early Bird Discount - R90

Valid for Performances from 22 to 25 January

THE STORY

THE STORY

The Hucksters is an acid-tongued exploration of a casual sexual encounter gone awry. A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a romantic, booze fueled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. The mistakes of the past become the horrors of the present as these two broken people dig into their previous lives and the lies that lead them to each other.

The play is written and directed by Louis Viljoen (The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, The Demon Bride) and stars award winning actors Emily Child (The Pervert Laura, The Road To Mecca, Contractions) and Nicholas Pauling (A Steady Rain, Blue/Orange, The Father).

Drama Running Time: 60 mins  Strong language & sexual content

THE REVIEWS

00:00 / 05:31

“The dialogue is briliant...

the words drop like acid. The Hucksters is Louis Viljoen's finest writing...

when he's creating at this level very few playwrigts can match.” 

—  Marina Griebenow

Cape Talk

 

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Louis Viljoen - Writer/Director


Louis Viljoen is a Cape Town based playwright and director.

 

He has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, The Emissary, The Eulogists and The Demon Bride. He is also the writer of Rob van Vuuren’s internationally acclaimed one-man show, Dangled, which was invited to the 2017 Brighton Fringe Festival.

Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

 
 

THE PERFORMERS

Emily Child - Beth

Emily plays the character of Beth in the Hucksters.

Emily graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specialiSing in Acting. Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed Cape Town based theatre troupe – The Mechanicals.

Her work has garnered her numerous awards and nominations including the 2015 Fleur Du Cap for Best Actress for the role of “Laura” in Louis Viljoen’s The Pervert Laura last staged at the The Fugard Theatre. Other theatre projects include Lear, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Guy De Lancey, Champ, written by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas, which travelled to the Edinburgh Festival in 2013, as well as LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre and The Mechanicals’ co-production Urban Death, directed by Jana Wimer. Emily’s one-woman play, based on Dorothy Parker’s short stories, A Certain Lady was directed by Greg Karvellas and performed around Cape Town in 2014.

Emily was recently seen at The Baxter Studio Theatre, Grahamstown and Hilton Festivals in Born in the RSA, directed by Thoko Ntshinga, as well as Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre, directed by Greg Karvellas in February 2016. In 2018 she worked with Karvellas again on Athol Fugard’s Road to Mecca at the Fugard Theatre with Sandra Prinsloo and Marius Weyers. 

Emily’s recent  film  projects include Beyond the River, directed by Craig Freimond, and most recently, BBC‘s television series Troy - Fall Of A City as well as  the HBO series Warrior conceptualized by Bruce Lee and to be released in 2019.

Nicholas Pauling - Fred


​Nicholas plays the character of Fred in the Hucksters.

Nicholas has appeared in a wide rangs of theatre productions since graduation from UCT, such as A Steady Rain, The Pervert Laura, Blue/Orange, Epstein, Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love, He has also acted in three plays by Louis Viljoen, namely The Pervert Laura, Champ and The Fontiersmen.

 

He toured the UK with The Tempest and Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canada with Waiting for the Barbarians, and the United States with a production of The 39 Steps.

 

Nicholas won the 2007 Fleur Du Cap Award for Best Actor for his role as Mozart in Amadeus.

 

His television credits include Black Sails, Dominion, You Me and the Apocalypse, Bluestone 42, Book of Negroes and most recently the HBO series Warrior.

 

His film credits include Black Butterflies, Doomsday,Death Race 2, Challenger and was recently seen in The Dark Tower with Matthew McConaughey.

 
 

THE DESIGNER

Niall Griffin - Set & Lighting Design

Niall Griffin is a talented theatrical set, costume and lighting designer.

Niall’s South African Design credits include: Shirley Valentine, Romeo and Juliet, Pygmalion, Some Girls, Kurt Weill’s Lost In The Stars, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Last Five Years, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the South African premier of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Line and I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change.

 

International Credits include costume design for Ultimate Broadway (a musical spectacular conceived for the opening of The Shanghai Culture Square Theatre), Avenue Q in Seoul, South Korea and Wardrobe Supervisor for the current International tour of the RSC’s Matilda The MusicalIn the UK, Niall’s design credits include Little Women-The Musical and A Man Of No Importance amongst others.

Niall is a multi-award nominated designer, including two recent nominations for his costume and set design for Hedwig and The Angry Inch, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Fleur De Cap Theatre Award for Best Costume Design for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

SHOW DETAILS

When


22 January - 1 February

Where


Golden Arrow Studio

Baxter Theatre Centre

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