One of the shows that did exceptionally well in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival 2014 was Whistle Stop. The work overall got a Standard Bank Ovation Award, and then a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award. In addition the writer, Ameera Patel, was given a special writers award.
The work is a little bit of absurd theatre for two people, a young man and a young woman. We get to explore their thoughts as they meet one another for the first time. Directed by Frances Slabolepzky and starring Ameera Patel and Jaques da Silva this is a very slick and entertaining piece of theatre.
Both performers are very good actors and their physical theatre work is magnificent. The set consists of a single bench used to full effect. Everything about it charmed me.
I saw it at the 969 Festival at Wits Theatre on Sunday 20 July 2014.