Playwright: Jon Keevy // Director: Jon Keevy
A Girl Called Owl charts a friendship that starts in the heat of the Overberg summer between two ten-year-old girls, finding them again six years later. Olivia arrives in the town with her Dad; she is the new girl, the quiet girl, the weird girl. Then she meets Kay, the girl with the scar. Horwitz performs over ten characters, from the two young girls and their teenage counterparts to both their fathers and a group of boisterous men. Owl is a story about climbing trees, punching boys and kissing girls, touching sensitively, and not without humour, on issues including: coming of age – identity and choice; teen sexuality; homosexuality; domestic abuse; being/feeling different; friendship; love; violence – physical/implicit; changing relationships with authority figures/parents/teachers. The lead character is a girl so the play may be classed under ‘women’s issues’. However, the way in which she relates to the men in her environment, and they to her, makes this play important for men as well.
Written and directed by Jon Keevy, performed by Briony Horwitz, with staging by Fiona du Plooy and music composed for the show by Brydon Bolton, A Girl Called Owl premiered as Owl in 2012, receiving praise such as ‘Horwitz delivers an enchanting performance. Her versatility as an actress is astonishing…moving and evocative.” (Cape Times); “… beautifully observed…totally delicious …” (Megan’s Head) and four stars from the Cape Argus. Since then it has travelled all over SA and at the 2012 National Arts Festival it was invited to the Brighton and Prague Fringe festivals. At Brighton it gathered more praise, including two 5-star reviews and a nomination by Latest magazine as Best International Performance.
A Girl Called Owl premiered as Owl in 2012, receiving praise such as:
Horwitz delivers an enchanting performance. Her versatility as an actress is astonishing…moving and evocative… – Cape Times
beautifully observed … totally delicious… – Megan’s Head
And four stars from the Cape Argus. Since then it has travelled all over SA including to festivals like Arts Alive in Johannesburg and the Nieu Bethesda Festival. At the 2012 National Arts Festival, Owl was invited to the Brighton and Prague Fringe festivals. At Brighton it gathered more praise, including two 5-star reviews and a nomination by Latest magazine as Best International Performance.
Duration: 55 minutes
Age Range: 15 years - Adult
Grades: Grade 10 - Grade 12
Themes covered: Abuse, Change, Choices, Family dynamics, Gender roles, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Identity, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Life skills, Morality, Relationships, Self-efficacy, Self-image, Sexuality, Violence
Best performed in an theater with simple lighting rig and PA system. Lights, PA and generator can be provided at extra cost if there is a hall with a raised stage or raked seating. The stage needs to be at least 4x4m.
- Nominated for Best International Performance (Latest magazine)
Festivals Attended/Performances at:
- National Arts Festival 2012
- Arts Alive (Johannesburg)
- Nieu Bethesda Festival
- Brighton Fringe Festival