After being commissioned for the Innibos Arts Festival in Mbombela and undertaking a successful run at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria, the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, and playing a number of shows all across the country, a new “dramedy” from the pen of acclaimed Die Boekklub writer Louis Pretorius is now coming to audiences in Cape Town.
As the name states, Drie Susters is an Afrikaans drama-comedy highlighting the dynamics between three very different sisters, as they wait to board a delayed flight to Thailand.
The synopsis to the play reads, “It is Christine’s 50th birthday and the trip is her birthday gift from the twins. So they wait, play cards, wait, read books, wait, drink cappuccinos, wait, lash out with words, wait, criticise each other choices, wait. Christine is high on Xanax.
“Bianca is convinced she saw their mother who disappeared years ago. Anel is talking to a very attractive man. Christine closes her eyes. Silence. She sometimes wishes her husband and sons would just disappear.
“She knows she shouldn’t allow these thoughts, but maybe Thailand will bring the answer. That’s to say, if they ever get there…”
Speaking on the radio show, Die Groot Ontbyt, Lizz Meiring describes her character, Christine, as a typical helicopter parent. Christine is a rather patronising primary school teacher who wants to control everything.
“She’s one of those people who believes the entire world will go to pieces if she’s not there.”
Bianca (Nicole Holm) has created a soft space somewhere in La La Land. Naïve and credulous, Bianca is a florist who prefers to focus on the beautiful things in life, sometimes to her own detriment.
Bianca’s twin sister, Anel (played by Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck) is her twin’s polar opposite. She is streetwise due to a trying lived experience, and has created a hard exterior to protect her against life’s onslaughts, although she, like her two sisters, is ultimately just looking for happiness.
Contrary to what often seems to be the norm – especially in Afrikaans households – Drie Susters doesn’t necessarily conform to the concept of blood being thicker than water, rather choosing to slice family dynamics to the bone – albeit with a good dose of humor.
Drie Susters stars an acclaimed cast in Lizz Meiring, Nicole Holm and Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, and the play will be running at Die Boer restaurant and theatre in Durbanville from 21 May to 2 June. Bookings can be made by calling 021 979 1911, or at www.dieboer.com.