Now On Stage
By British playwright NICK PAYNE, youngest winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2012).A film adaptation is underway. One relationship. Infinite possibilities. Quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. An explosive new play about free will and friendship.
Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW, starring JANNA RAMOS-VIOLANTE (Venus in Fur, Don’t Dress For Dinner) as Marianne and ASHLEY DOWD (Japes, The Mousetrap, radio and television) as Roland.
Moment by moment, can everything you've ever and never done exist in the same vortex of reality? Elegant and playful yet profoundly moving, CONSTELLATIONS blends the everyday and the ethereal, the actual and the imaginable, revealing that every outcome may only be the first link in a chain of cosmic consequences.
“A brilliant new work. This intelligent piece of theatre is funny, moving and enormously thought-provoking. Remarkable.” whatsonincapetown.com (from Johannesburg season)
“If Constellations is totally representative of the short list of plays the young British dramatist Nick Payne has written, we should willingly and rather drastically take note.” Star Tonight!
"Excellent! Intelligent, absorbing and moving - a highly enriching piece." Business Day
"Astonishing ... inspiring. A superbly performed, tightly directed and beautifully set theatrical experience." bsharpentertainment.co.za
"Compelling theatre ... highly recommended." artslink.co.za
30 September 14 - 11 October 14
TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER TO SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER. Tue to Sat @ 8pm | Sat 11 October @ 5pm & 8pm. Running Time: 70 minutes with no interval
Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW. Starring JANNA RAMOS-VIOLANTE (Don't Dress For Diner and Venus In Fur) as Marianne and ASHLEY DOWDS as Roland
I was born in Durban, South Africa, and graduated from UKZN in 2005 with a B.A in Drama & Performance studies and German translation. I have since been working professionally as an actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, writer and producer in Durban and Johannesburg. Standout roles include Cecile in Dangerous Liaisons (Best Newcomer Durban theatre Awards nomination), Catherine in Boston Marriage (winner of Best Comedy Actress and Best Supporting Actress Durban Theatre Awards), Carol in Oleanna (best actress nomination Durban Theatre Awards), Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Best Lead Actress in a musical), Emilia in Othello, Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner (winner of Best Comedy Actress and Best Actress Durban Theatre Awards) and Vanda in Venus in Fur.
In 2005 I formed the theatre company Fett Diva Productions with my friend Josette Eales and produced such works as Agnes of God, ‘Night Mother, The Lover and Sally and Marshsa. In 2010 I formed my own theatre company Thinskin which debuted with an original penned by myself, Mein Soldat. It premiered at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival where it won an Ovation Award, this provided a spring board for it to be seen at the Hilton Arts festival and the Playhouse New Stages Festival. The play was also nominated for best new South African script, best actress, best actor, best newcomer and best director at the 2010 Durban theatre awards.
In 2011 I co-directed and performed in Neil Coppin’s Abnormal Loads, which premiered on the Main platform at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and went on to have a run at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg. I also founded the I Heart Durban Theatre
Festival, where my new play, Callum’s Will, was debuted. The festival is for the development of new South African Theatre and has created a platform for new scripts to be staged. Based on its success at I Heart, Callum’s Will went on to be performed on the 2012 Grahamstown Arena Platform and at the 2012 Hilton Arts Festival. It completed a run at the Seabrooke’s Theatre in Durban, returned to the Grahamstown Festival 2013 and is scheduled to be seen in Johannesburg in October this year.
2012 started with the role of Suzette in the comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner and ended with a move to Johannesburg. It has been a great move and full of new opportunity. I spent 2013 touring with Don’t Dress for Dinner and Venus in Fur and working on my new play ‘Phobic’, which debuted at 2013 Hilton Arts Festival. Earlier this year, I directed Sweet Charity for NSA and produced and performed in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. I'm looking forward to hitting the boards with another South African debut of a brilliant, internationally acclaimed play.
Training: University of Natal, South Africa.
Theatre includes: Nic in ‘Soil’ (Theatre on the Square), Detective Trotter in ‘The Mousetrap’(Montecasino/Theatre on the Bay/ Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong), Bishop Gray in ‘Princess Emma’ (Grahamstown Festival 2012), Claudius in ‘Hamlet’ (The Framework Co), Zvi in Motti Lerner’s ‘Hard Love’ (Theatre on the square JHB, The Space Theatre, CT), Bruce in ‘Blue Orange’ (Theatre on the Square), Bruce Delamitri in ‘Popcorn’ (Civic Theatre), Mortel the tailor in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (Playhouse), The Writer in Mike Van Graan’s ‘Dinner Talk’ (Playhouse), Lesley in The Other Side of the Swamp (Montecasino Theatre, Theatre on the Bay), Michael in ‘Japes’ (Montecasino Theatre, Theatre on the Bay).
Film includes: Arthur Goldreich in Mandela’s Gun (Delimanzi/DV8), ‘Director’ in ‘Inside Story’ (Discovery), Cameo in ‘Everyman’s Taxi’ (Ian Roberts films), lead in ‘Flesh’ (Franz Marx films).
TV includes: Tom Siebel in ‘Dead or Alive’ (Nat. Geo.), Roger in ‘Scout’s Safari’ (NBC/Discovery), Terry in ‘Wild at Heart’ (ITV, UK), Malcolm in ‘Home Affairs’ (SABC2), Andrew McBain in ‘Scandal!’ (eTV), Dennis M in ‘Isidingo’ (SABC3), Fr Hooley in ‘Soul Buddies’ (SABC1).
Other credits include: Channel anchor, Home TV; Continuity presenter, SABC3, Travel presenter on ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’; Presenter for ‘Lifestyle Matters’ SABC3, SABC3 Woman of the Year Awards eve live broadcast, Voice artist: Advertising/other clients include: BMW, VW, Liberty, Sasfin, PPS, Investec, Endangered Wildlife Trust, SAPPI, Discovery Channel
FULL ARTSLINK REVIEW:
"Compelling theatre. Highly recommended." Peter Feldman
FIVE STARS "If I see a more ingenious, touching and intellectually searching play than CONSTELLATIONS this year, I will count myself very lucky. It is playful, intelligent and bursting with ideas, but also achieves a powerful undertow of emotion." The Telegraph
"Easily the best West End show of the year." Time Out
FIVE STARS "Its intellectual and emotional dynamism sweeps you up and carries you along like a surfing wave. Seldom has a play felt so exhilarating." The Mail on Sunday
"An excellent, gripping production. Payne’s play, despite having obviously done its quantum physics and beekeeping homework, is funny, tender and startlingly original. This is charismatic theatre which makes quantum physics sexy." Time Out
FIVE STARS "An extraordinary 65 minutes. A wonderful achievement." The Independent
"Nick Payne's gloriously improbable play succeeds entirely and is extremely funny. If any of the new mega musicals coming to the West End in the next few months can elicit a fraction of the laughs and tears of 'Constellations', they will run and run and run." Time Out
"Constellations feels heaven sent." Evening Standard
"An astonishingly fine new play. As a critic, one would be hard put to being to do justice to the dazzling way it creates its own rules, while at the same time being wise enough not to jettison the old rule book either." Independent