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CALLUM’S Will is a true theatrical gem, and if you have not yet seen Janna Ramos-Violante’s (Mein Soldat) extraordinary two-hander, then make sure you get down to Seabrooke’s Theatre at Durban High School between January 29 and February 10.
Starring Darren King and Clinton Small, Callum’s Will enjoyed a huge success at both the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival last year.
Set in London in the early nineties, the play tells the story of two men from very different backgrounds.
Callum (King) is a cultured man in his mid-forties, an ex-ballet dancer whose career was cut short by a tragic accident, which has left him in a wheelchair.
Disconnected from his friends and previous life, he is unable to cope and is forced to seek assistance in the unlikely form of Will (Small) — a man in his mid-twenties from the wrong side of the tracks.
Surrounded by friends who have accepted their lot in life, Will is not, however, bereft of hope and dreams — something his eccentric, late mother left as a seed that is about to germinate.
The beautiful and intimate story of Callum’s Will takes the audience on an almost filmic experience, as the unlikely relationship of the two male characters evolves from an awkward first encounter to a deep and lasting friendship, which neither expects or understands.
Their’s is a journey of laughter and sometimes tears. However, it is essentially a journey that is full of hope.
Tickets for Callum’s Will cost R80 and bookings can be made at 083 250 2690. Shows are from Tuesdays to Sundays at 7.30 pm.
— Arts Editor.