Daphne Kuhn & Bloom & Stone present
A blow wave of sexual awakening
TUMI MORAKE and VANESSA FROST
directed by JOSE DOMINGOS
27th February – 21st March
First lady of comedy, TUMI MORAKE and the original ‘CaveWoman’, VANESSA FROST team up again in Naledi-nominated TEASE! at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square from the 27th February. TEASE! premiered at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown followed by a sold out run at the Market Theatre in 2016.
Eva and Neo, best friends and partners in a suburban hair salon reach crossroads in their personal lives. Stumbling into an adult toy shop one night, they make some acquisitions and this inspires an idea…
With a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour and a whole lot of heart, versatile Tumi and Vanessa play many familiar characters including the elderly Muslim and Jewish women who return weekly to have their hair set…and sample new toys!
By arrangement with the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, the show will be presented by Bloom & Stone, a creative agency and production company that focuses on creating meaningful and accessible content. Vanessa says the meeting of minds in the process was synchronous and that extensive research went into the writing of the script. They found themselves exploring heartfelt and hard truths in order to present a potent message about female sexuality and desire. “It’s been about finding the comedy in each of these moments, while exploring the moments that don’t require comedy,” she says. “It’s about answering the question we all quietly worry about - am I normal?”
Director Jose Domingos says Tease! is a journey of self-discovery, “The themes are universal which means that I think there’s something in it for everyone”
Written by Jose Domingos, Vanessa Frost and Tumi Morake, TEASE! opens with a preview at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square on 27th February and runs until the 21st March.
For a huge dose of thought-provoking fun, bookings can be made with Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com). Tickets can also be reserved by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. Enquire about group discounts for corporate and team building events, women’s and special interest groups.
For all enquiries please call Mika Stefano or Daphne Kuhn.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Tumi Morake (Co-Writer / Neo)
Tumi continues to be a formidable force in the male-saturated comedy industry. Since beginning her career in smoky clubs in 2006, she has steadily grown into one of South Africa’s most sought after comedians, earning the title of South Africa’s First Lady of Comedy - not bad for a mother of three and wife of one. She is known for her television appearances on local sitcoms, her own late night talk show and the critically acclaimed primetime drama Rockville.
Vanessa Frost (Co-Writer / Eva)
Vanessa has enjoyed success with several local shows but is perhaps best known for originating, performing in and producing 'Defending The CaveWOman' in South Africa. Nearly 20 years later, it continues to run successfully throughout Europe produced by international theatre company, Theater Mogul. As co-owner of Bloom & Stone, Vanessa develops creative concepts, writes, directs and performs.
Jose Domingos (Co-Writer / Director)
A Wits Drama School graduate, Jose has had a privileged run of work on stage, film and in television as a director, writer, actor and voice over artist. As a writer and director, Jose has worked extensively in the industrial sector, using theatre as an effective and educative tool for cultural change. Other writing work includes sitcoms, radio plays, creative direction and documentary.
Bloom & Stone (Production Company)
Bloom & Stone is a creative agency and production company based in Johannesburg. They make anything from films, brand experiences and well-made plays to through-the-line and digital campaigns. Harnessing the power of theatre and film to educate, shift perceptions and entertain, Bloom & Stone creates meaningful content. (www.bloomandstone.co.za)
Terri Ella (Producer: Bloom and Stone)
With a keen eye for design, ear for music and love of film and theatre, Terri has run, researched, written, shot, directed, edited and produced documentaries, commercial theatre, digital campaigns, interactive brand experiences and branded content. Terri’s detail-oriented sensibilities are a compliment to the creative energy she injects into every project.