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I turned away and she was gone

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Jennie Reznek

Three incarnations of women: a mother, a daughter and an old crone. A haunting of past, present and future selves. A modern-day, South African, poetic re-telling of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone

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“We could…say that every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother, and that every woman extends backwards into her mother and forwards into her daughter.” – Carl Jung

Three incarnations of women: a mother, a daughter and an old crone. A haunting of past, present and future selves. Drawing loosely on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, this poetic text explores the process of individuation, the inevitability of a young girl’s journey into the shadow and into the unknown, of the bonds that connect mothers and children to each other, of loss and the dense beautiful soaring life that we are all traveling through.

BA, Perf. Dip. (Speech and Drama) (UCT), Diploma Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris), MA (UCT). Actress, director and teacher, Jennie is one of the Artistic Directors of Magnet Theatre in Cape Town along with Mark Fleishman and Mandla Mbothwe. I Turned Away And She Was Gone is her latest solo show and has been nominated for 6 awards.

“Stirs the soul… astonishing.” – Cape Times

“…Encapsulates masterful integration of layered narratives and character dimensions, visceral poetry.” – Malika Ndlovu

“I turned away and she was gone is by no means easy theatre, but it is rewarding. The delightful humour and the relevance of the production, anchored by the millennia of theatre that have come before it, makes this a play worth seeing.” – Izak de Vries, LitNet

“An exquisite affair with not a false note.” – Diane de Beer, IOL

“Magnificent… a must.” – David Fick, Broadway World

“Takes the audience on a journey through emotions from anxiety to euphoria; it’s relatable and taps into the deepest pools of our psyche.” – Megs Kelly, Cue Media

“Lines so true, I felt I was living them as I read them. In Reznek’s vision, time turns daughter into mother and goddess into crone, each a new country, distant to each other then near again… a master work of drama.” – Gabeba Baderoon