Loukmaan gets wiggy with it

2015-05-12 06:00
Loukmaan Adams appears on stage in drag as Geraldina die Geelheks in Liewe Heksie: Flower Power. 

Robert Hamblin

Loukmaan Adams appears on stage in drag as Geraldina die Geelheks in Liewe Heksie: Flower Power. PHOTO: Robert Hamblin

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He’s one of Cape Town’s most familiar faces, but Loukmaan Adams has undergone a complete makeover for his role in Liewe Heksie: Flower Power.

The pantomime, based on the classic South African character created by Verna Vels, Liewe Heksie, comes to the Bellville Civic Theatre from Tuesday 19 to Sunday 31 May after its successful debut at the Absa KKNK last month.

Loukmaan plays the role of Geraldina Geelheks and he appears on stage in drag, complete with a bright yellow frock.

He even learnt to do his own makeup during the production’s run at the KKNK. “When I say makeup, I am talking about lipstick, lip gloss, lashes, glitter on the eyebrows, high cheekbone lines . . .,” he points out.

To be fair, Loukmaan didn’t know he was going to be playing a female character until his first rehearsal for Liewe Heksie: Flower Power, when his partner, Kim Cloete, informed him he’d probably have to play his role in drag.

His agent had suggested that being involved in the production would boost his “Afrikaans brand”.

“Kim told me the day of the first rehearsal that I am playing the dame!”

While there was plenty about bringing the character to life that Loukmaan found challenging, it was learning the Afrikaans script that he struggled with most.

“I read words that I had never ever heard of, like huigelaar (hypocrite).”

Liewe Heksie: Flower Power was written by Francois Toerien and Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, otherwise known as Dowwe Dolla, who’s been playing Liewe Heksie so long she says she’s even recited the witch’s lines to her husband in her sleep before.

While many people think pantomimes are for children, Margit points out that a “panto” is more of a grown-up story full of fun and satire.

This production is no different, with plenty of references to current affairs and jokes that children might not necessarily “catch”. But then, Margit says there are jokes that parents might not “get” either.

With lots of colour, great sound and energy, director Lizz Meiring says pantomime is “satirical comedy on acid”.

Loukmaan and Margit are joined on stage by Chris van Niekerk, Hannes van Wyk, Zanne Stapelberg, De Klerk Oelofse, Crystal Donna Roberts, Emile Minnie and Luca Human.

Loukmaan is also responsible for Liewe Heksie: Flower Power’s choreography. He often had to shake his head during rehearsals, thinking: “Is this even possible? How am I going to get rhythm into these white people?”

But everything is possible in the world of Liewe Heksie: Flower Power where both ­young and old will be entertained.

When he isn’t playing the Geelheks, Loukmaan spends a lot of his focus on his “baby”, The Garden Court Theatre, which he opened with Kim in February.

“Kim and I would like to start a workshop for the youth where we can apply all our experience in the business and share our knowledge, skills and talent,” he says. V

Liewe Heksie: Flower Power will be on stage at the Bellville Civic Theatre from Tuesday 19 to Sunday 31 May at 19:00. Matinee performances will be held on Saturdays at 14:00 and on Sundays at 15:00. Tickets cost R100 or R75 for children younger than 16 from Computicket. WIN! WIN! WIN!


Hannon is one of the sponsors of Liewe Heksie: Flower Power. Five readers can each win a Hannon hamper, including facial wash, daily sunblock moisturiser, black mascara and lip gloss, valued at more than R1000. SMS the word “Hannon” followed by your name and contact details to 45527 before 12:00 on ­Tuesday 19 May to enter. SMSes cost R1.50

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