Play tells touching story of immigrant family

Aldo Brincat, stars in The Moon Looks Delicious From Here, performed at on the weekend of Friday September 15. PICTURE: CARL COLLISON

A play telling the touching human story of an immigrant family to South Africa, set against the final years of apartheid, The Moon Looks Delicious From Here, will be staged at The Drama Factory this month.

Exploring how heritage and identify are formed in a first generation citizen, The Moon Looks Delicious From Here, is written and performed by Aldo Brincat and Directed by Sjaka Septembir.

Through the mediums of physical theatre, mime and characterisation, The Moon Looks Delicious From Here, is a 70 minute, one-man theatre show which explores immigrant family dynamics and how they shape identity and heritage in a first-generation citizen.

Aldo is that first generation citizen, with a complex heritage. Born in the mid 1960’s Aldo and his family find their maturing years are set against the backdrop of a country in the convulsions of political upheaval. The drama is driven by a loving father and son – each from different eras and motherlands.

Here Aldo plays an array of characters in and around this fragile young nuclear family; some foreign, some local – all of whom are finding, or losing themselves in the ever-changing political landscape of their new homeland, South Africa.

Aldo’s primary career is in the Performing Arts, having studied in Paris under the legendary Jacques Le Coq. Brincat Productions was then established upon his return to Durban, KZN, with a focus on community theatre initiatives and site-specific work.

Standout moments, among many, include: An invitation to perform for former president Nelson Mandela, on his birthday in 1997. An invitation to showcase his environmental theatre work, Woza Waste Water, at the Wold Bank in Washington D.C. in 2000.

In 2006, he relocated to Gaborone Botswana, where he taught Theatre Studies and Theory of Knowledge at two independent private schools over a period of 12 years.

His theatre pedigree served as the foundation for his recent expansion and immersion in visual arts. In 2018, he relocated to South Africa, where he is seeking to increase his knowledge, particularly in visual arts. To this end, in 2020, he completed his postgraduate degree at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art (with a Distinction).

He is currently a Masters student in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University. To date, he has had multiple solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, England, and recently in India.

The Moon Looks Delicious From Here can be seen on Friday September 15 at 7.30pm, Saturday September 16 at 7.30pm and on Sunday September 17, at 4pm. Tickets cost R130 and R150.

Book tickets online at www.thedramafactory.co.za or call 073 215 2290 for more information.

The Moon Looks Delicious From Here, is written and performed by Aldo Brincat. PICTURE: CARL COLLISON