Île is coming to Cape Town

Île. Photo credit: Elejha-ze Gengan

A coming-of-age story about mothers, daughters, and volcanic islands.

Winner of the Standard Bank Gold Ovation at this year’s National Arts Festival.

Avalon Auditorium (in the former Fugard complex),
Homecoming Centre, District Six, Cape Town

22-27 August | 20:00 (15:00 matinee on 27 August)

Tickets available on: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/182991-le-created-by-sophie-joans/

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“It’s less a family tree, more a family house plant that’s grown too big for its pot. After a couple generations the roots start to get a bit knotty.”

The first Cape Town run of the Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning production ‘Île’ by Sophie Joans takes place at the Homecoming Centre, following a successful run at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda. The coming-of-age story follows an 18-year-old girl who visits her ancestral home: Mauritius. A trip to a tropical island to connect with her extended family (and have some fun away from her mother) gets too real as she uncovers the dark history and realises that underneath paradise, a volcano is still waiting to erupt.

“It’s a hell of a play. The writing is superb. It’s fast, funny, and able to turn on a dime – from the outrageous and the absurd to moments of striking sincerity. It’s a play that excavates and animates the aforementioned matrilineal lines as a point of connection, a search for one’s personal history to better make sense of the present. We’re just along for the journey, and happily so.” – Dave Mann, The Critter

Director – Rob van Vuuren

Rob van Vuuren is a multi-award comedian, actor, director and writer. He has been bringing new work to the National Arts Festival for nearly 30 years. His previous directing work includes: KG Mokgadi’s ‘Heavy’, Stuart Taylor’s ‘Funny You Should Say That’, Bevan Cullinan’s ‘Gary the Tooth Fairy’, Louw Venter’s ‘Best Man’s Speech’, Gaëtan Schmidt’s ‘Rumpsteak’, Scott Sparrow’s ‘Isabella’, and more.

Writer & Performer – Sophie Joans

Sophie Joans is an award-winning theatre-maker from Cape Town with Mauritian roots. She studied theatre at UCT and Wits, and completed short courses at RADA, Comedy Cellar and Second City. Her previous works include two-hander ‘The Flower Hunters’ (2021 – Winner of Standard Bank Ovation Award) and puppet show ‘Do You Dream In Colour’ (2018 – Winner of Zabalaza Festival’s Most Innovative Play). She collaborated on the short film, Verloren (2021 – Winner of Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award). Île is her debut solo play.

For more information contact:
Spark in the Dark Productions
071 362 9750

Sophie Joans
071 362 9750
Spark in the Dark

Île. Photo credit: Elejha-ze Gengan
Île. Photo credit: Elejha-ze Gengan