An unsettling and dark psycho-drama, The pervert Laura, will be on stage at the Fugard Studio Theatre from Wednesday 6 to Saturday 30 May.
Presented by Eric Abraham, the production recently won playwright Louis Viljoen the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director at this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. The Pervert Laura also received a nomination in the category of Best New South African Script. Emily Child won the Best Lead Actress award while co-star Guy de Lancey received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work.
The production stars Child as Laura, with a powerhouse supporting cast of Terry Norton, Nicholas Pauling, Guy de Lancey and newcomer Sarah Potter.
The piece follows 30-year-old Laura through a week in her life. In conversations with her therapist, an attempt at an affair in a seedy hotel room, and through arguments with her sister, Laura reveals herself to be a woman on the road to absolute self-annihilation. As secrets are unearthed, accusations are made and relationships are shattered, the true source of Laura’s decision to veer from the path society chose for her becomes clear. The play is an uncomfortable journey into the dark heart of a woman’s past, and what awaits her in the darkness is more monstrous than she could have imagined. It is a character study of a woman disassembling her life that becomes a horrific odyssey as the story unfolds