I slip into Thandi’s bed in the night.
I crack her ribs and climb deep inside her chest
So I never have to leave.
Johannesburg. 2014. Summer.
Yolandi is listening to rap-rave music and helping her brother bust parts from her teacher’s car. Thandi is swotting for her exams and keeping well away from any distractions.
In the stifling heat, two teenagers collide. Downing Klipdrift brandy, they create an alliance away from everything else. But scars take time to heal and, as the thunder threatens to strike, the real world crashes in.
Following a rehearsed reading at HighTide Festival in 2013, Rive Productions presents the world premiere of this extraordinary new play by South African playwright Jessica Siân.
Due to its adult content this production is recommended for those aged 14+. Please note that this production contains smoking.
Post Show Discussion – Tuesday 19 May 2015
Freedom for Youngsters: How the arts can help youth have a voice and independence.
With Andy Akinwolere, ex Blue Peter Presenter, Jonny Pitts founder of the online journal AFRØPEAN, cast and members of the creative team.
Post Show Discussion – Tuesday 26 May 2015
Women onstage and off: Celebrating women in theatre.
Panel discussion including South African actress Janet Suzman and Sue Parrish, current director of Sphinx Theatre Company along with some of the cast and creative team.
Creative & Production Team
- Director Chelsea Walker
- Set and Costume Designer Holly Pigott
- Lighting Designer Jamie Platt
- Sound Designer Ella Wahlström
- Movement Director Diane Alison-Mitchell
- Fight Director Pamela Donald
- Dialect Coach Mary Howland
- Production Manager Jayson Gray
- Stage Manager Kerry Sullivan
- Assistant Director Fay Lomas
- Producers for Rive Productions Chloe Courtney and Zoe Robinson
- Adelayo Adedayo
- Samantha Colley
★★★★ “A striking debut from South African writer Jessica Siân. ‘Klippies’ is a well-crafted snapshot, a delicate look at burgeoning youth and the burden of history.”Time Out
★★★★ “Director Chelsea Walker keeps the whole thing moving, conjuring a sense of aridity, of blasted grass and sleepy, booze-laced and sunwashed afternoons”The Stage
“a vibrant, incisive 75 minutes… one finely packaged and impactful bit of theatre.”The Public Reviews
“Klippies may be short, but it packs a powerful wallop within its hour and fifteen minutes on stage. Siân’s poetic coming-of-age tale finds it footing paired with great direction from Chelsea Walker, and tops that with two great actresses – you have a runaway smash. If this is not proof as to why we need to continue funding new talent, I don’t know what is.”A Younger Theatre
“A fascinating and essential addition to the other recent African stories of Eclipsed and Sense of an Ending as part of some inspired programming by London’s fringe theatres.”There Ought to be Clowns