‘Crave’ – a fractured performance on the urban dystopic - Bubblegum Club

‘Crave’ – a fractured performance on the urban dystopic

The disintegration of the human mind; unpacking loss, violence, isolation and grief. The post-modernist work Crave is a poetic achievement directed by interdisciplinary performing arts practitioner Francesco Nassimbeni. A text characterized by complexity it is simultaneously layered with visualisations of beauty.

An exercise aimed at laying bare the truth, horror and the sublime tease into the mix; “…at the interstices of abyss, the truth emerges – the real truth.” The backdrop of Crave is that of a nameless city with nameless characters. Predating internet communication the poetic expression miraculously expresses to a modern audience by articulating emotions such as sadness with memes. Human isolation gravitates towards a void; not towards the tender embrace of loved ones.

A text as raw and fragmented as this demands a maturity and sensitivity from the performer, and I am enormously pleased with the way the students have embraced the lonely, alienating, ambiguous landscape that is Crave.

-Director Francesco Nassimbeni

Written for a cast of four actors with a production team of eight the divide between roles results in Crave becoming even more fractured. “It is has been an interesting exercise in overlap and simultaneity – I have ‘braided’ the play into two seams, and then proceeded to weave,” states Nassimbeni.

Wardrobe for the show was created by the celebrated designer Heath Nash who came up with an original mini-collection of garments in support of the notion of urban dystopia, “a place with no warmth; a permanent gloaming.”

The production of CRAVE is made possible by AFDA.


Crave by: Sarah Kane

Direction: Francesco Nassimbeni

Costume Design: Heath Nash

Musical Score: Francesco Nassimbeni


A:  Tabile Tau/ Raevin Weir

B:  Laurent Huet de Froberville / Matthew Barrett

C:  Basetsana Molepo / Alexia Gouws

M:  Lené Kilian / Soné Kuun

Performance details:

12 June 18h00

13 June 20:00

14 June 18h00

Venue: 228 Theatre on Lower Main, Observatory

Photo credits:

Styling: Heath Nash

Assisted by: Anele Nono and Mpilo Headman

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