Foot’s ‘Karoo Moose’ makes its mark as a must-see iconic play

By ANN KNIGHT

The stage is set as a small village somewhere in the Karoo.

The story – violent and sad – portrays the village’s personalities through the amazing acting from four men and two women.

HITTING HOME: ‘Karoo Moose’ is receiving rave reviews at the National Arts Festival Picture: SUPPLIED
HITTING HOME: ‘Karoo Moose’ is receiving rave reviews at the National Arts Festival Picture: SUPPLIED

First premiered in 2007, it has at last come to Grahamstown.

Author and director, Lara Foot originally got the idea in Sweden, when she was there with her au pair, who came from the Eastern Cape.

When they were out in the countryside, they saw a moose and the au pair said that she had seen one in South Africa, which Foot said was not possible.

Out of this conversation and looking at women’s situation in the villages of South Africa, the play developed.

It is a story of rape; the father of a young girl, who has a gambling debt to his friends, offers his 14-year-old daughter as payment. Her subsequent pregnancy and the fact that she has nowhere to turn, is a reflection of the cruelty of life in South Africa, which has the highest number of rapes per capita in the world.

The portrayal by the cast as the play deepens into darkness and mayhem, is unbelievable.

They change characters in a blink of an eye.

The harmonising by the actors as they sing the village songs is excellent, so is the drum beats, as the story reaches its climax of desperation, revealing a baby and a young girl who feel betrayed.

In the discussions that followed the viewing, the general consensus among the audience was that this play is so iconic that it should be shown to senior schoolchildren in all cities and towns.

The play stands with the best that Grahamstown has ever offered. Although the show had its last performance on Saturday, if you ever do get the chance, go see it!

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