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Freud’s Last Session

Daphne Kuhn presents Marc St Germain’s international hit
C.S. Lewis meets Freud
Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW Set and lighting design by DENIS HUTCHINSON
22nd August – 16th September

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton is proud to present its next production  FREUD’S LAST SESSION from the 22nd August till the 16thSeptember. This award-winning international play by MARC ST. GERMAINpresents a compelling debate on the existence of God. It is filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue.  The new production will star two leading stalwarts of South African theatre, GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMANand will be directed by the acclaimed award-winning ALAN SWERDLOW, with set and lighting design by DENIS HUTCHINSON.

As Freud and Lewis argue about whether belief in God is merely a childish fantasy (in Freud’s view), or a crucial element of a meaningful life, (in Lewis’s), the BBC keeps interrupting with the latest news bulletins. The news could be better. Marc St. Germain has cleverly set his play on Sept. 3rd, 1939 – with war with Germany imminent and terrifying to both the dying, 83-year-old Jewish refugee from Vienna and the 40-year-old World War I veteran, visiting from Oxford.

They may be meeting to try to resolve the conflict between science and religion, but their conversation veers to their parents, the power of music, the meaning of Hitler and the entertainment value of flatulence! They both make jokes about the couch in the room. Lewis teases Freud for being obsessed with sex; Freud mocks Lewis’s deference to authority.

This is a cerebral play filled with wit and warmth which runs for 4 weeks opening on the 22nd August. Bookings are now open at Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online or can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. There are group discounts for schools, corporates and special interest groups – and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square.