Theatre Review: The Snow Goose at The Fugard Theatre

It’s not often I go to watch live theatre… but when I do I always seem to ask myself the question “Why don’t I do this more often!?” I always enjoy the experience so much and walk away uplifted, inspired and moved! I think it is so important to open your mind and mix up your routine every now and again by doing or watching something that is out of the norm for you.

This was just the case last week when we headed out on a mid-week date night to The Fugard Theatre in town for the opening night of The Snow Goose.

The Snow Goose is a timeless piece of theatre based on the Paul Gallico short story. It tells the story of a chance encounter between a recluse and a young girl and how a friendship blossoms as they nurse an injured wild goose back to health in the marshes of Essex in the 1930’s.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect but found ourselves getting swept up in the story thanks to the incredible acting of two talents – Taryn Bennett and James Cairns – who capture your attention throughout the show with their clever use of masks, simple staging and amazing performance skills.

This show really needs to be seen in order to appreciate the true magic of their performances. Each actor bringing at least 5 different characters to life and switching between them in the blink of an eye. It was a marvel to watch and even kept my husband entertained (and he’s usually not a drama theatre person!)

Contagious Theatre have created a theatre gem that will amaze you and linger on the edges of your mind for long after the final bows!

Contagious Theatre is a production company consisting of critically acclaimed theatre makers, Jenine Collocott, James Cairns and Taryn Bennett with long-time Fringe producers Simon and Helen Cooper. They all have had work shown internationally in Europe, the US, the UK and Australia. Contagious produces independent fringe theatre that brings the creative freedom, simplicity and energy of the festival theatre circuit to mainstream audiences.

The Snow Goose is currently showing at The Fugard (one of my favourite cultural spots in Cape Town) until 4 May 2019.

Tickets range from R140 – R160 and are available from The Fugard Box Office.


P.S. There are excellent discounts are available for students, pensioners, scholars and Friends of the Fugard. Book discounted tickets exclusively via The Fuguard Box Office by calling 021 461 4554.


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!


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