Jack the Knife

Jack Klaff was outside chatting to audience members for some time before the show, and shook our hands as we entered. Pretend money was passed to some and a pretend net passed over us all. His interaction with the audience seemed to be an attempt to finally pull down the fourth wall. As a result, we were drawn into what he was saying more closely.Gradually, things did become more theatrical, after the ease with which we could be manipulated and the unreality of most choices had been demonstrated. Even if we wondered where things were going, the anarchic humour and the energy drew us in. Various forms of belittling and humiliation by those who thought they had power flashed by, and we saw inhumanities in the theatre and in Klaff’s native South Africa. One of the strongest arguments was about the way power tries to inflict its choices and the responsibility for them onto its victims - whether in our democracy or in dictatorship.If this sounds heavy, don’t be put off. The whole show is a storm of energy from a very experienced and dynamic performer. Plus it will set you thinking about how we behave in society and about our responsibilities to each other. Catch Jack while you can!

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The Blurb

Klaff gladly risks career suicide. A forensic attack on the theatre, our culture and the abuse of power. 'Makes you think as hard as he makes you laugh.' (Scotsman); 'A triumph!' (New York Times). Direction: Colin Watkeys.

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