For the first 2 nights of Season 1 The Centre for the Less Good Idea staged 4 short Samuel Beckett plays. This decision to stage Beckett came out of William Kentridge and Khayelihle Dominique Gumede 's mutual interest in the playwright.
The last in the line up was Catastrophe, directed by William Kentridge.
Beckett’s work is known for its existentialism, Catastrophe however is a very political play and one of the last Beckett wrote. It was first published in the journal of Amnesty International in the late 80’s. It was dedicated to then imprisoned Czech reformer and playwright, Václav Havel.
William first directed Catastrophe in the early 90’s, two of the 3 actors that performed it then, Siphiwe Khumalo and Charles Comyn have since passed away but Vanessa Cooke who played the role of the director’s assistant joined Hamilton Dhlamini and Xolani Mtendere Dlamini to re-stage the play 25 years later.
Go to | https://vimeo.com/211474386 for a full version of the play
DIRECTOR | William Kentridge
ACTORS | Hamilton Dhlamini, Vanessa Cooke & Xolani Dlamini
ANIMATEUR FOR THE CENTRE | Bronwyn Lace
CINEMATOGRAPHER | Duško Marović
EDITOR | Žana Marović
SOUND | SoulFire Studio
LIGHTING | Wesley France
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Hayleigh Evans and PopArt Productions