PASS(ings) it along

Performance of PASS(ings) at Pierneef theatre on 23 June 2017

As we walk into the cozy theatre, we are greeted by dimmed background lights and soft music playing in the background, setting an intimate mood from the start. Your attention is immediately drawn towards the stage setting with red lights focused on a bed surrounded by hundreds of origami cranes. The performance is yet to start, but the audience members are already intrigued with our attention captivated from the get go.

The play sees estranged friends Liam (played by Deanre Reiners) and Jayden (played by Vianney Henry Farmer) muse over happenings of the past. And in doing so, raw unaddressed emotions are brought to light. Once the best of friends, able to share everything, changes over one night six years ago that sees both friends  go their separate ways. Is it a point of no return? Even with all the fame, fortune and success, nothing could fill the void that Liam is feeling.

Liam and Jayden take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride from the cheerful and playful moments they used to share, anxiety before the big rugby game, to love, hatred, pain and regret. Relationships, their complexity and the desire to succeed are brought to light in this emotional and controversial play about friendship, sexuality and just how far someone is prepared to go to get what they want.

The characters make you realize that regret will haunt you forever, and to never let a moment pass you by to do what will make you happy, no matter how scary it might be.

This unforgettable play directed and designed by Quintin Wils, is a definite must see, but comes with a warning, it is not for the faint hearted.

PASS(ings) can be seen at the Pop Art Centre later this year and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown , Vrystaat Kunste Fees & Cape Town Fringe Festival  next year.

Be sure to catch this must see performance.

Thanks for reading.

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