Great double bill by Charles J Fourie

2015-04-30 14:48
Deirdre Wolhuter and Leonard Moss in Ellaand#039;s horses. 

Ashleey Wilson

Deirdre Wolhuter and Leonard Moss in Ellaand#039;s horses. PHOTO: Ashleey Wilson

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The Galloway Theatre, in association with Cape Theatre Ensemble, will present a double bill of plays by play­wright Charles J. Fourie this month.

Ella’s horses and Happy, written and directed by the multi-award-winning South African playwright and director Charles J. Fourie, will feature as a double bill presentation at the Galloway Theatre until Tuesday 28 April.

Ella’s horses, with Deirdre Wolhuter and Leonard Moss, won a Standard Bank Standing Ovation award at last year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival. It tells the true story of the eccentric horse whisperer Ella Gordon who once lived in Hermanus. This touching and prophetic play brings to life the last days of the eccentric Ella Gordon who came to South Africa with a touring French circus and settled in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley outside Hermanus.

Shortly before her death Gordon invites her local priest to her farm in order to barter a bizarre deal with God, which includes taking her beloved horses and dogs to heaven. The play explores with searing and deep-felt emotions the questions we have about the after-life, the role of animals in creation and the forbidden love between women in a time gone past.

Happy, featuring Jarrid Geduld, brings a recent historical figure to the stage in this one-man performance.

When Happy Sindane announced he was a white boy abducted by a black family into slavery in the township, a media circus followed, grabbing the world’s attention. Now his riveting and insightful story comes to the stage in a heart-rending, bizarre and funny tale of a displaced young man’s search for love and identity in the new South Africa.

The production has been invited to be part of this year’s Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, before it moves to the Park Theatre in London.


Tickets for the double bill cost R150 and are available from or 082 772 8867

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