Words: Chris Booth
Photographs: louisa feiter
Drama students are often encouraged to workshop pieces into oblivion, and Coming Soon, a show by the University of the Free State is no exception. The play started off really well and seemed promising. However, it soon falls into the realm of the abstract, and the plot becomes completely lost.
Starting off in a café where a performance is about to take place, two waitresses prepare the stage while the actors arrive one at a time. It is clear that there is animosity between the characters, and the actors clearly have some talent … but soon the play-within-a-play begins and everything falls apart.
If you read the programme, you will already notice that the story doesn’t match the blurb written there. Where this description comes in is with the heavily work shopped play-within-a-play. Weird movements and lengthy monologues follow. And to tell the truth, this is where I lost the plot … maybe if the play-within-a-play was shorter, it might have been better, but unfortunately, this part went on for far too long. The refined scenes of the restaurant, however, were far more intriguing and I wish that they had in fact focused more on this part.
But not everything was bad with this performance – the young actors on the stage did justice to their parts in the restaurant scenes and there were moments of laughter and shock as the characters interacted with each other.