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LONDON - The South African play Mies Julie, which premiered in Cape Town, is now showing at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London, to rave reviews.
Patrick Marmion of the Daily Mail was highly impressed and gave this review along with a five-star rating:
“Physically violent, emotionally raw and sexually graphic, Cape Town’s Baxter’s version of August Strindberg’s sex-war drama is the most powerful I’ve ever seen.
“The original was written by the angst-ridden Swede in 1888 and immediately caused a scandal. But who could have anticipated that his tale of a posh young lady who makes out with her father’s rough-and-ready valet at a midsummer night’s party could speak of the post-apartheid era in South Africa so shockingly?
“Yael Farber rewrites and directs a visceral, harrowing and steamy rendition of the play, and there is no deference to political correctness. Miss Julie becomes a tough Afrikaans country girl who gets verbally stuck into her father’s favoured farm-hand as much as she does physically. He gives as good as he gets.
“The set of red stone slabs and basic kitchen units is simple and austere. Doomy music reverbs with primal rhythms on a haunting soundtrack, while stylised movement and energetic dance lend the intense, sweaty feel of an unstoppable occult ritual. Within this, Hilda Cronjé is a predatory, wounded Afrikaans wild-cat seducing Bongile Mantasi as her father’s bitterly subjected black servant. No holds barred.
“Strictly grown-ups only.” – Daily Mail