Lara	Foot, Hear and Now

Lara Foot

Hear and Now

Performance

March 2006 - Lara Foot, 2004-2005 Theatre Protégée

For the second time, theatre protégée Lara Foot opened a play at London’s Gate Theatre – the city’s self-appointed “home of international drama”. Hear and Now, her Rolex-sponsored performance, ran from June 2 to 24, 2006. The play is billed as “a love story, about people who are not young anymore”. It has also been described as “the anatomy of a relationship between a man and a woman who live in a village that is gradually sinking into the earth”.

South African Lara Foot, currently resident director/dramaturge at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, wrote the play with her husband Lionel Newton. It is directed by Foot and co-directed and designed by Gerhard Marx. It stars Lionel Newton and Denise Newman.

In the past, Lara Foot has created plays with a social or political message, often highlighting the tensions experienced in her native South Africa.

Hear and Now marks a departure from her previous work, with Foot choosing instead to focus on more universal themes regarding the nature of human relationships.

Lara sharing her thoughts on the creation and impact of the play

Lara sharing her thoughts on the creation and impact of the play

Lara Foot

Hear and Now

Lasting Effects

March 2006 - Lara Foot, 2004-2005 Theatre Protégée

Lara Foot credits her mentor Sir Peter Hall with opening up major career opportunities for her, such as the one at the Gate Theatre in London. In a “theatre obsessed with advanced planning”, Sir Peter arranged for Tshepang to be staged there in the space of two weeks. The play, says Sir Peter, “caused something of a sensation”.

Hear and Now showcases Foot as both a writer and a director. After Tshepang, Sir Peter stressed his protégée’s writing talents and advised her to write more. Her latest play is a fruit of that labour.

In the year spent with mentor Sir Peter Hall, Foot discovered an alternative to her improvisatory style of rehearsal. By focusing on the structure, form and rhythm of language and scenes she says, “I surprised myself.”

This approach becomes clear in these rehearsals for Hear and Now, where we can watch how small adjustments can lead to bold changes in the tone and emotion of each scene.

Lara Foot in the rehearsal hall

Lara Foot in the rehearsal hall

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