Thursday, 21 May 2015
Theatre review: Klippies
Chelsea Walker's production, on a thrust stage from Holly Pigott whose brown tiled floor evokes the dry heat that burns the girls' feet, is straightforward and focused on the two actors' intense performances, stripping things back to show how the simple story deals with so many issues.
In 75 minutes and with a cast of two, Siân shows the complexity of teenagers growing up in post-Apartheid South Africa, and how even an inter-racial friendship brings up the way they try to fight off the decades'-worth of racism with their own determination not to follow in their parents' footsteps. If race relations have started to move on, Klippies suggests the status of women in South Africa may still have a way to go, with both girls' actions dominated by fear of men - Thandi of her ultra-strict father, Yolandi of her aggressive brother.
But it's also a more universal story of friendship and emerging sexuality that's easy to relate to. Between Siân's focused writing, Colley's explosive performance and Adedayo's tightly wound-up one, Klippies really delivers a moving, sometimes funny, always memorable evening.
Klippies by Jessica Siân is booking until the 6th of June at Southwark Playhouse's Little Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes straight through.