Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Snared (theatre)

Snared is a powerful new play which explores the age old battle between humans and wild animals in Africa, particularly in Zambia, focussing on the conservation debate. There will be a discussion with the cast of the issues raised following each performance.

The play is a blend of live action and prefilmed footage which will star Suzanne Procter and Philip Poole, and feature Zambian Anti-poaching operative Manny Mvula. It was first performed by Eastbourne College students Alex Mackwood and Oceane Slipper, designed by Sophie Millns and Lucy Tomkins. Since then, the work has been further developed by South African writer Floyd Toulet and Dr Cheryl Mvula of Tribal Voice Communications and the High Five Club.

A white poacher has been captured by an anti-poaching unit. Bound by his own snares, he is confronted by a female environmentalist and pleads for his life. The following atmospheric trailer was filmed by Smokescreen Visuals who are presenting Snared in association with the Underground and Perf@ECT.

Underground Theatre, Thu 20th - Sat 22nd Sep, 20:00.
Sun 23rd Sep, 16:00.
Ticket £10 / £9. Suggested for audiences of over 12 years.
Tickets available online, by telephone on 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Tourist Information Office or the Underground Theatre when it is open.


  1. Snared is primarily a strong piece of theatre, drama that happens to have a message, not A Message with drama tacked around it. From the moment the charismatic Mangani appeared on stage, speaking directly to the audience, I was interested to see where we would be taken. I thought I knew my opinion on poaching vs conservation, but after the play and discussion yesterday, I am still thinking over the issues raised.
    The single bush camp set has been well thought out and constructed and its sense of claustrophobia intensifies as the play progresses. The backdrop doubles as a film screen where film clips are cleverly interspersed with the live action onstage. My only gripe (and I accept that it is unfair considering the budget) is that one filmed scene was obviously shot rather closer to home than Zambia. I was particularly impressed with the slick use of sound effects which was effectively done to heighten tension and pace the drama.
    All three actors convincingly portrayed their roles and avoided stereotyping, although some of their more impassioned dialogue was spoken fast therefore not so easy to hear. Hart and De Beers are rounded, complicated characters whose arguments flowed well and I am still finding it hard to believe that Manny Mvula is not a professional actor!

  2. Hi Steph,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review the show. We are delighted at your response and take on board all your observations. Would you be happy for us to add your comments to our own Audience Feedback website page at Many thanks.

    1. Absolutely - you're very welcome to use my review!
      Also, please do let me know about future developments, tours, etc. I'd be happy to blog about local shows and tweet/fb details of those further afield.

  3. Thank you Steph, that is very generous of you. Will certainly keep in touch.

    Floyd Toulet.