Local director puts on a show

2018-03-06 06:01
Jurgen McEwan, Caleb Petersen and Kurt Jonas during a rehearsal for “In die Woud”.

Jurgen McEwan, Caleb Petersen and Kurt Jonas during a rehearsal for “In die Woud”.

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Two plays directed by a local have hit the stage at the annual Woordfees in Stellenbosch, and you have one last chance to see them.

The plays, titled Cindershoeler and In die Woud, are being performed at the festival between Friday 2 and Sunday 11 March.

Chenal Kock from Beacon Valley, who until recently was studying at Stellenbosch University, presented the plays at the KKNK Festival in Oudtshoorn.

This is where In die Woud last year received a Kanna Award for the best children’s theatre at the festival.

The play is about a man on his journey to discovery and includes elements of object theatre, soundscape and physical theatre. The play features three performers, Caleb Petersen, Jurgen McEwan and Kurt Jonas.

“We were asked to convert the play along children’s theatre and that was challenging, but that is when I found a love for children’s theatre,” says Kock.

The other play, Cindershoeler, is about a shoe-curious little girl called Cindershoeler who has been warned to stay away from Shoetopia. The play deals with elements of musical, dance and object theatre with a cast of four energetic performers – Athina Jansen, Jurgen McEwan, Caleb Petersen and Kurt Jonas.

The play was originally a one-woman show, says Kock.

“When I presented the play for the festival I was told I needed to add more characters and that is where I needed to turn this one-woman show and add more to the story,” says Kock.

Both plays are interactive and your R80 ticket allows you to watch both plays.

The plays will be on stage at the Weltevreden Maize, Stellenbosch.

V For more information, visit the Facebook page: Cindershoeler+In die Woud.

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