Intimate one-woman play delves into journey of grief

Celebrated South Africa actress Dorothy Ann Gould will take centre stage in the Market Theatre production of The Year of Magical Thinking.

The play is adapted from the memoir by American writer Joan Didion and deals with the themes of grief and how to handle bereavement.

Read more: How to deal with the grief of losing a spouse

Gould says the production captures the fragility and the mind of a woman who has lost her husband and her child.

She talks about her 50 years working in theatre, the world of the play, and how she prepared herself for the role.

There is her grief, her resilience, her survival instinct and a lot of humour.

Dorothy Ann Gould, acclaimed actress

I've always steered clear of a one-woman play, but the story is peopled with so many other characters.

Dorothy Ann Gould, acclaimed actress

You're not alone in that sense, you're creating this imaginative world.

Dorothy Ann Gould, acclaimed actress

I'm not racked with pain and grief at the end of the show because my story is finished.

Dorothy Ann Gould, acclaimed actress

The moment before I walk on, I am petrified. I have been my whole life.

Dorothy Ann Gould, acclaimed actress

I've always chosen good writing and brilliant directors.

Dorothy Ann Gould, acclaimed actress

The play is directed by Mark Graham Wilson and will run at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from 3 to 28 July, at 7.30pm.

There is an age restriction of 13 years.

Visit the Baxter Theatre website for more.

Image: Baxter Theatre website.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Intimate one-woman play delves into journey of grief


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