Jigsaw Webinar:


moderated by CURRENTS co-director,


10:30 AM MT  THU  AUG 27, 2020


Join this webinar moderated by Frank Ragano, co-founder and co-director of CURRENTS New Media Festival, that brings in to conversation the minds behind Jigsaw, an online interactive theater performance, Sylvaine Strike and James Cunningham.

Known for her unique signature brand in both devising and directing theatre, Sylvaine Strike has moved hearts and minds since 2000. Her company, Fortune Cookie Theatre, has conceived and collaborated with other artists to create many iconic South African plays, most of them birthed at the National Arts Festival. The list includes Baobabs don’t grow here; Black and blue; The travellers; Coupé; The table; Tobacco; CARGO: Precious. Sylvaine has directed and reimagined theatre classics including The miser and Tartuffe by Molière; Curse of the starving class by Sam Shepard, and most recently her highly acclaimed direction of Endgame by Samuel Beckett for the Baxter Theatre, which won her the Fleur du Cap Best Director Award 2018. Sylvaine was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2018, and was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre in 2006. Jigsaw is Sylvaine’s fourth collaboration with James Cuningham.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM: performer/writer
Known for his versatile work as a performer and director, James has co-created 15 new South African plays, including Baobabs don’t grow here, Black and blue, Wood for the trees, Jutro, Kaput, Heart’s hotel and The famished road. This is James’ fourth collaboration with Sylvaine Strike which began 20 years ago with the clown play Fortunately, at The Market Theatre. He has appeared in numerous film and TV productions in South Africa and the UK, including Chin up, now on Showmax, for which he received a Best Actor nomination at the Seoul WebFest, and most recently in Tim Greene’s feature film Cabin fever, shot across six countries entirely in lockdown. James has defeated Iain Robinson in a rap battle on numerous occasions in front of large crowds, and he likes bananas.