The heart warming story, adapted for the stage by Suzanne van Wijk and directed by Frans Swart, plays out at the Mardi Gras Theatre from 7 to 18 February 2018. In this refreshed production of , Swart plays homage to Matthee, one of South Africa most talented authors.
Swart has produced the production twice (in 1997 and 2007), and he and Matthee became great friends before she died.
the outset, my team and I said that we did not want to copy any of the former productions and so this production is fresh and new.Â I am very excited about what happened during the creative processes. Theatregoers will definitely experience a wonderful new production and, after 30 years, there is of course a whole new generation that has never seen on stage.
Young Benjamin is played by Eloff Snyman from Cape Town and Nina is played by Jaime du Toit from Vereeniging. These are two are extremely talented young actors who Swart says will do justice to the very important roles of the young Nina and Benjamin. Zenobia Kloppers does the honours as Fiela in the run of the production at Carnival City. Then there are two wonderful young actors, Marissa Claasen and Phillru van Achterbergh, who will plays the roles of the older Nina and Lukas, respectively.
tells the story of the coloured woman, Fiela Komoetie, who raised her white foundling, Benjamin, with love and pride, until the day, nine years later, when the census takers took him away. On the other side of the mountain, in the Forest, lived the woodcutter Elias van Rooyen and his wife Barta who had lost their three-year-old son, Lukas. Could Benjamin and Lukas be the same child? Years later, Benjamin/Lukas struggles with the question: Who am I? He had to find out; otherwise, the woman he loved could never be his. He knew that there was an answer, somewhere within himself, hidden deep within the past.
Bookings can be made by contacting Computicket at 0861 915 8000, or by booking online at www.computicket.com.Â Performances especially for schools will be staged on Thursday 8 February and 15 February at 10h00. However, schools can also be accommodated on other days.