By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) Backstage was packed to the rafters last Thursday, when that star-studded cast of God of Carnage, including Ndinomholo Ndilula, Senga Brockerhoff, Ashwyn Mberi and Lara- Lyn Ahrens, showed why they are among the best actors in the country.
God of Carnage is a play by Yazmina Reza, and is about two sets of parents, who meet to discuss an incident that saw one child hurt another in a public park.
The parents become increasingly childish during their interactions, resulting in the evening descending into chaos, which is ably helped along by a bottle of rum.
Having never read the book or watched the play before, I was surprised at the accuracy of the dialogue, and impressed by the level of professionalism and chemistry among the four actors. The set made me feel like I was a fly on the wall, who was eavesdropping on their conversations. Ndinomholo and Senga’s characters, Michael and Veronique, were the aggrieved parents of Hendry Noah, while Alain and Anne, played by Ashwyn and Lara-Lyn, were Benjamin’s parents.
The conversation started off rather awkwardly, as Hendry’s parents set the tone with a statement about how Benjamin, armed with a stick, struck their son, which resulted in him losing two teeth. The interpretation of this classic French play was extraordinary. As the night went on, the conversation turned more to the failure of the parents, in terms of raising their kids, while indulging in the notion of them failing at their marriages, as well.
Before the hour-long play ended, it seemed clear to me that Namibian productions have the quality to make an international impact in the near future. We just need authentically Namibian stories to be penned and produced, to make this a reality. If you missed the God of Carnage, try getting your hands on the book; it definitely is as exciting as watching the play itself.
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