Waiting for Jack

Musings Experience Guide for WAITING FOR JACK

Our tip: Pack tissues.

Food: Choose from the various restaurants in the Nelson Mandela Square for a pre-show dinner, and then get to the theatre early to buy a glass of vino to take in to the auditorium with you.

Dress Code:  Come as you are, but remember that in Sandton the shoes need to be a little shinier.

After the show: Cross the Square for a drink at The Hard Rock Cafe. You’ll need a pick-me-upper and a bit of mood enhancement in the form of loud music and vibey people.

Letters. We don’t write them anymore… Although I suppose if you string together our hundreds of texts you could find a (less grammatically correct) version of a letter. They are a simple snapshot in to the mind of the writer in that moment of history. A short trip in to the thoughts and feelings that are often so ineloquently scrawled out on a page. If you could make someone fall in love with you through your letters, what would you say?

It’s easy to assume that you’ll be watching a love story unfold when you take your seats for WAITING FOR JACK; boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy can’t be with girl; boy overcomes obstacles and boy lives happily ever after with girl. But, as we so often forget while romanticised war stories grace our screens, is that this version of events is the exception and not the rule. My grandparents met during World War Two. My grandfather was a medic and my grandmother a nurse. I like to imagine their romance unfolding gloriously while bomb-disguised fireworks went off in the sky. But, alas.

Waiting for Jack is a dark story of two people who need to love each other. Its deep, real and raw and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Both actors show beautiful depth of emotion and physicality. Although I wasn’t so sure of all the meanings behind various techniques and uses of imagery, I was still completely drawn in to the lives of the two lonely people on the stage.

It’s a must see for anyone interested in promoting original works in South Africa and for anyone who might still believe that love can be fostered in the strangest of places.

WAITING FOR JACK has a limited season and until the 13th August at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. Bookings are now open.

There will be 6 performances per week including two shows on Saturdays at 5pm and 8.30pm. Call the theatre on 011 883-8606 or Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5903 or book online: www.strictlytickets.com. Enquire about group discounts and dinner show bookings by arrangement with many of the adjacent upmarket new restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City.

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