How to Hold the World debuts at The Drama Factory! When a young boy, played by Timothy Stadler, is tasked with holding up the world, he faces the scary (but rewarding) prospect of growing up. He learns that being alone doesn’t mean being strong, being helped doesn’t mean being selfish, and bravery is about being open to imagination and friendship.
Join us on an exciting adventure full of dancing with the moon, playing with the stars, and very big birds.
This play is fun, imaginative, immersive (in a covid-conscious kind of way), visually appealing, and thought-provoking. Also... there’s a penguin.
Along with the play, writer Juliette Rose-Innes, has written a book illustrated by Caitlin Goodwin. This book can be enjoyed whether or not you or your children/students have seen the performance, and follows a very similar story of embracing life and accepting help. The book will be on sale in the foyer.
How To Hold The World is brought to us by award winning producer Jeff Brooker, whose beautiful Every Brilliant Thing wowed our audiences earlier this year. This stable can also boast an Ovation award for their version of The Syringa Tree which starred Nancy Rademeyer.
Artistic Director: Nancy Rademeyer
Illustrations: Caitlin Goodwin
Produced by Brooker Productions
Timothy Gian Stadler is a performer and theatre practitioner. His love for theatre was ignited when he played the, very important, role of the fieldmouse in his pre-school play. However, the more ‘conventional’ theatre roles began when he got involved at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West after a high school production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Here, he would go on to act in To Kill a Mockingbird (2014) and Blood Brothers (2016) – the latter of which opened again at the Artscape Arena Theatre the following year. Currently, he is a Theatre and Performance student specialising in Acting at the University of Cape Town, and has worked on various productions with the university, including Tristan Bernays’ Boudica (2019) and Closer by Patrick Marber (2021). This year, he starred in Mwenya Kabwe’s Theatre is Dead! Long Live Theatre – a response to the National Arts Council’s withholding of performance funding, and a comment on the value of artistic practices. Tim enjoys three things: long walks on the beach, long walks on the beach, and long walks on the beach (of course, he thinks theatre is great too).
Juliette is a Performance Maker, Writer, Director, aspiring Dramaturg, and general creativity enthusiast who will do anything to be near a theatre. She believes that the arts have the power to facilitate positive change, and she is passionate about creating a safe space for her performers both inside and outside the rehearsal studio. She wants to make work that has people saying: “Yes, I see myself in this. That’s exactly how people act, and a beautiful depiction of my own lived experience!” – however, she will settle for “that was pretty cool” and semi-enthused applause.