Civil Parting

Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Pieter Bosch Botha and Shaun Acker. Directed by Zanne Solomon. Written by Nicholas Spagnoletti.
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Winner of a Standard Bank Ovation award at National Arts Festival 2014 | Nominated for best script at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival |
Fleur du Cap nominations for script and director

Civil Parting is a savagely funny comedy-drama about two men getting divorced. Glenn and Jean-Pierre have been married for seven years, as long as gay marriage has been legal in South Africa. Things have soured between them but since they are professional, respectable members of the community, they have resolved to divorce amicably. As they are kept waiting alone together in the divorce lawyer's reception, the cracks in their cordiality begin to show.

"Deliciously biting comedy" - Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent
"[An] acutely observed portrait of relationship failure... the dialogue positively crackles... doesn't exoticise the phenomenon; it turns out the ending of a gay relationship looks much the same as the ending of a straight one " - Rebecca Davis, The Times
"Deliciously funny... believable characters... impeccable sense of dialogue" - Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

Zanne Solomon has a Masters Degree in Drama from Rhodes University, and has most recently performed in an acclaimed Cape Town and National Arts Festival run of Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man, which she also produced and directed along with Shaun Acker. Their production received a Standard Bank Ovation award.

Shaun Acker is also a Rhodes graduate with both a bachelor of music and masters degree in drama. As an actor he works both on stage (Get Kraken, The Unexpected Man) and screen (Black Sails, Women in Love BBC). As an aerial dance theorist his work is published at The University of Circus and Dance in Sweden. As a musician he has composed for the late playwright Reza De Wet.

Pieter Bosch Botha recently appeared on stage in Cape Town, Joburg and Grahamstown in his critically-acclaimed show Fully Committed in which he portrayed 36 different characters. He is also something of a theatre all-rounder having directed 19 professional productions to date.

Nicholas Spagnoletti is best known for his hit play London Road which won him a Fleur du Cap and the Olive Schreiner Prize and recently toured to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of The Assembly’s SA Season. His play Special Thanks to Guests from Afar was produced by Artscape and had two runs in Cape Town before touring to the National Arts Festival this year. He also works as a software developer and co-owns Alexander Bar which houses Cape Town’s buzzing micro-theatre Alexander Upstairs.

More of what the press had to say:

"’n seker treffer. Civil Parting gaan egter gehore se lagspiere én traankliere nog lank prikkel." - Marina Griebenow, Die Burger

"Civil Parting will appeal to anyone who knows what the deterioration of a relationship feels like… the show’s actors are dedicated, versatile (pun intended) and a joy to watch… predominantly a comedy of deliciously bitchy one liners [but also with] several unexpected moments of vulnerability" - Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent

"The plot unfolds beautifully, allowing us glimpses into the characters’ shared pasts and their current endeavours, and it climaxes in the most epic of breakdowns." - Marilu Snyders,

"Everything about Civil Parting is agile" - Rebecca Davis, The Times

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