Lake…beneath the surface

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lake…beneath the surface is a physical theatre piece by the First Physical Theatre Company.

The original text

In the publicity documents it is said that the production is "a response to Anton Chekhov's The Seagull (1896) and Reza de Wet's On the Lake (2001)" and that it "submerges the viewer in the watery depths of the artist’s creativity amongst ambiguities of aging, desire, ambition and relationships"[1].

The production is also available in VHS and DVD.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2001: Presented by the First Physical Theatre Company, at the National Arts Festival, 2001, back-to-back with another FPTC production of the source text, Reza de Wet's On the Lake, directed by the author.


Juanita Finestone-Praeg. 2002. Physical Intelligence Volume 1: Experiments in Physical Theatre. Grahamstown: First Physical Theatre Company.

Juanita Praeg. 2018. "Drifting: Reminiscing. Remembering. Reinventing. Reza" (Draft manuscript, courtesy of the author.)

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