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‘Zoo Story’ to explore themes of isolation, loneliness and miscommunication

‘Zoo Story’ to explore themes of isolation, loneliness and miscommunication

‘The Zoo Story’, a LAB Theatre production by Aldo Behrens, David Ndjavera and Keamogetsi Joseph Molapong is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 November, at Haus Der Jugend in Swakopmund.

The production, sponsored by Bank Windhoek, is based on a play by world-renowned American playwright Edward Albee.

“It is a one-act play which explores themes of isolation, loneliness and miscommunication in a materialistic world,” said Behrens. ‘The Zoo Story’ concerns two characters, Peter and Jerry, portrayed by Molapong characterising Peter with Ndjavera taking on the role of Jerry.

“Peter seems to have his life in order. His family and general wellbeing are stable. On the other hand, Jerry’s life is in a mess and he does not understand why. The two meet at the zoo and Jerry insists on having a conversation with Peter, who just wanted to relax for a while. “The turn of events that followed, are full of suspense and drama,” Behrens explained

‘The Zoo Story’ was performed at the Tinnenpot Theater in Ghent, Belgium in October 2017, to coincide with the Afrikaans Week, organised by the University of Ghent.

“We want to thank Bank Windhoek for their support in the staging of the play. Without their generous sponsorship this would not have been possible,” Behrens concluded.

Meanwhile, other plays staged, produced and written by Behrens, Ndjavera and Molapong, as LAB Theatre Initiatives, include: The Scars on My Skin; Jakob Marengo; A Whale in Goreangab; Race; Variations on a Blue Bench; More Variations on a Blue Bench; Under a Camelthorn Tree; A Camelthorn and A Rhino Horn and Pontius Who?



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