Gertrude Stein and A Companion
Company: Hilton Arts Festival
A tender love story of two eccentric Americans in Paris.
Way ahead of their time, Gertrude and Alice abandoned the conservative values of middle class America in the early 1900’s and found refuge in avant-garde Paris… and in each other. Stein’s renowned salon
attracted the artistic glitterati and literati of the day, including Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Hemingway and other luminaries residing in the bohemian French capital. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.
The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which Wells has woven into a captivating theatre piece.
This play has toured internationally and has won many awards.
“Shirley Johnston and Lynita Crofford – under the precise direction of Chris Weare – conjure up the feisty spirit, acerbic wit of Gertrude and Alice. ”
Robyn Cohen, The Goodlife, Cape Times, 07-09-2018