Playmakers present Meet me at Dawn

Playmakers, an amateur drama group is happy to launch its first project, 'Meet me at Dawn' through the Arts Alive programme.

28 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Arts Alive is a drama initiative to try to find ways of doing experimental and scripted theatre in innovative spaces with a creative and limited budget.

Each production has a cast and crew that enjoys the benefits of being in a production, where possible, and depending on the production all performance fees will be waived and the box office receipts will be shared equally between the director, producer, actors and technicians.

The group exists to develop the creativity of individuals and a sense of community through a society, which explores the locality, and history of the area in which the members live.

The audience becomes a partner in a shared experience, celebrating a sense of heritage and community, and this is done through localising productions.

The group's first project Meet me at Dawn started screening on Wednesday, 26 June and will screen for the last time today at the National Theatre of Namibia's Mirror Room at 19:00.

Meet me at Dawn was written by award-winning playwright, Zinnie Harris and directed by Sandy Rudd. Lara Lyn Ahrens and Roya Diehl, two of Namibia's award-winning actors, perform in this tender, haunting piece of theatre.

Lara-Lyn is an award-winning theatre and film actress. She began her performance career in 2008 with studies at the University of Namibia in Performance Arts.

Since then she has worked extensively in the film and theatre industries in Namibia.

Meet me at Dawn reunites Lara-Lyn with Sandy Rudd, whom she worked with on April Fools, a 2014 stage play, and with Roya Diehl, whom she worked with on The Unlikely Encounter, a 2017 feature film. On the other hand, Roya Diehl is a film and theatre actress who started her acting career in 1997 as the female lead in a musical directed by Sandy Rudd.

She has since appeared in several more musicals and stage productions, made her screen debut, had a stint in industrial theatre, written and directed her first play, and worked as the casting director and production manager on a web series. Meet me at Dawn sees her return to the NTN stage under the direction of Sandy Rudd.

Meet Me at Dawn is a modern fable exploring the triumph of everyday love, the mystery of grief, and the temptation to become lost in a fantasy future that will never be.

As the two women (Lara-Lyn Ahrens &Roya Diehl) crawl ashore a bleak rocky island.

Soaked to the skin, with adrenaline surging through their veins, they have both miraculously survived the capsizing of their rented boat unharmed.

As the couple grapple to understand what is happening to them on this otherworldly island, it becomes clear that the island is nothing they have ever experienced before.

The production deals with the complexities of loss and survival.

It is a subliminal, mysterious experience with a subtle touch, but there is nothing subtle about the grief on display here, it is a tough play dealing with tough questions.


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