Powerful story of simplicity

2017-11-14 06:00

Amee Lekas’s Die dans van die watermeid (“The dance of the water maiden”), which was chosen for development at Kunste Onbeperk’s inaugural Teksmark (script market) initiative in Cape Town last year is on at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

It will continue until Saturday 25 November at 20:15 or 20:30.

Lekas’s debut script was selected out of 14 entries at a presentation of short extracts by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

It was lifted from the page and brought to the stage as a full-scale production, directed by Jason Jacobs with a stellar cast.

Rehane Abrahams (Womb of fire, The real people) leads the ensemble alongside Abduragman Adams (Suidooster, Noem my Skollie), Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings, Boes­man en Lena), Ephraim Gordon (Die laaste karretjiegraf, Blood brothers), Gretchen Ramsden (Portret, Agamemnon) and Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh (Suip!, District Six: The musical).

Cornelia Faasen, executive director of NATi, says Lekas has a unique voice.

“Talking and listening to her gave me the sense of an artist who is equally blessed with a beautiful innocence and the wisdom and language ability of someone who is a thousand years old, such is her impact as a young writer. It felt as if the work called out to be staged, to be performed and to give a voice to many of the voiceless in our communities,” she says.

Die dans van die watermeid is a heart-breaking story set against the backdrop of Willowmore in the Klein Karoo where Lekas grew up. It offers a unique look at the people from the region in a script that is powerful, without undermining the inherent ­simplicity.

The story revolves around how they hold on to their superstitions in spite of the influence of the church. It also addresses social issues, such as today’s young people who struggle without the prospect of a job or a better life, while these communities sweep things under the carpet. And all this, right under the nose of the church. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the water nymph’s dance reverberates with the promise of deliverance when the rain comes.

Lekas (26), a Stellenbosch University Drama graduate, completed the text under the mentorship of playwright Saartjie Botha.

Lekas says: “Through the grace of telling the story of Die dans van die watermeid I had the opportunity to create something from my own distress in the hope that people will become aware of the pain of those around them.”VTickets cost R120 each through Computicket. For block bookings contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

Amee Lekas’s Die dans van die watermeid (“The dance of the water maiden”), which was chosen for development at Kunste Onbeperk’s inaugural Teksmark (script market) initiative in Cape Town last year is on at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

It will continue until Saturday 25 November at 20:15 or 20:30.

Lekas’s debut script was selected out of 14 entries at a presentation of short extracts by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

It was lifted from the page and brought to the stage as a full-scale production, directed by Jason Jacobs with a stellar cast.

Rehane Abrahams (Womb of fire, The real people) leads the ensemble alongside Abduragman Adams (Suidooster, Noem my Skollie), Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings, Boes­man en Lena), Ephraim Gordon (Die laaste karretjiegraf, Blood brothers), Gretchen Ramsden (Portret, Agamemnon) and Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh (Suip!, District Six: The musical).

Cornelia Faasen, executive director of NATi, says Lekas has a unique voice.

“Talking and listening to her gave me the sense of an artist who is equally blessed with a beautiful innocence and the wisdom and language ability of someone who is a thousand years old, such is her impact as a young writer. It felt as if the work called out to be staged, to be performed and to give a voice to many of the voiceless in our communities,” she says.

Die dans van die watermeid is a heart-breaking story set against the backdrop of Willowmore in the Klein Karoo where Lekas grew up. It offers a unique look at the people from the region in a script that is powerful, without undermining the inherent ­simplicity.

The story revolves around how they hold on to their superstitions in spite of the influence of the church. It also addresses social issues, such as today’s young people who struggle without the prospect of a job or a better life, while these communities sweep things under the carpet. And all this, right under the nose of the church. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the water nymph’s dance reverberates with the promise of deliverance when the rain comes.

Lekas (26), a Stellenbosch University Drama graduate, completed the text under the mentorship of playwright Saartjie Botha.

Lekas says: “Through the grace of telling the story of Die dans van die watermeid I had the opportunity to create something from my own distress in the hope that people will become aware of the pain of those around them.”VTickets cost R120 each through Computicket. For block bookings contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

Amee Lekas’s Die dans van die watermeid (“The dance of the water maiden”), which was chosen for development at Kunste Onbeperk’s inaugural Teksmark (script market) initiative in Cape Town last year is on at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

It will continue until Saturday 25 November at 20:15 or 20:30.

Lekas’s debut script was selected out of 14 entries at a presentation of short extracts by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

It was lifted from the page and brought to the stage as a full-scale production, directed by Jason Jacobs with a stellar cast.

Rehane Abrahams (Womb of fire, The real people) leads the ensemble alongside Abduragman Adams (Suidooster, Noem my Skollie), Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings, Boes­man en Lena), Ephraim Gordon (Die laaste karretjiegraf, Blood brothers), Gretchen Ramsden (Portret, Agamemnon) and Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh (Suip!, District Six: The musical).

Cornelia Faasen, executive director of NATi, says Lekas has a unique voice.

“Talking and listening to her gave me the sense of an artist who is equally blessed with a beautiful innocence and the wisdom and language ability of someone who is a thousand years old, such is her impact as a young writer. It felt as if the work called out to be staged, to be performed and to give a voice to many of the voiceless in our communities,” she says.

Die dans van die watermeid is a heart-breaking story set against the backdrop of Willowmore in the Klein Karoo where Lekas grew up. It offers a unique look at the people from the region in a script that is powerful, without undermining the inherent ­simplicity.

The story revolves around how they hold on to their superstitions in spite of the influence of the church. It also addresses social issues, such as today’s young people who struggle without the prospect of a job or a better life, while these communities sweep things under the carpet. And all this, right under the nose of the church. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the water nymph’s dance reverberates with the promise of deliverance when the rain comes.

Lekas (26), a Stellenbosch University Drama graduate, completed the text under the mentorship of playwright Saartjie Botha.

Lekas says: “Through the grace of telling the story of Die dans van die watermeid I had the opportunity to create something from my own distress in the hope that people will become aware of the pain of those around them.”VTickets cost R120 each through Computicket. For block bookings contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

Amee Lekas’s Die dans van die watermeid (“The dance of the water maiden”), which was chosen for development at Kunste Onbeperk’s inaugural Teksmark (script market) initiative in Cape Town last year is on at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

It will continue until Saturday 25 November at 20:15 or 20:30.

Lekas’s debut script was selected out of 14 entries at a presentation of short extracts by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

It was lifted from the page and brought to the stage as a full-scale production, directed by Jason Jacobs with a stellar cast.

Rehane Abrahams (Womb of fire, The real people) leads the ensemble alongside Abduragman Adams (Suidooster, Noem my Skollie), Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings, Boes­man en Lena), Ephraim Gordon (Die laaste karretjiegraf, Blood brothers), Gretchen Ramsden (Portret, Agamemnon) and Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh (Suip!, District Six: The musical).

Cornelia Faasen, executive director of NATi, says Lekas has a unique voice.

“Talking and listening to her gave me the sense of an artist who is equally blessed with a beautiful innocence and the wisdom and language ability of someone who is a thousand years old, such is her impact as a young writer. It felt as if the work called out to be staged, to be performed and to give a voice to many of the voiceless in our communities,” she says.

Die dans van die watermeid is a heart-breaking story set against the backdrop of Willowmore in the Klein Karoo where Lekas grew up. It offers a unique look at the people from the region in a script that is powerful, without undermining the inherent ­simplicity.

The story revolves around how they hold on to their superstitions in spite of the influence of the church. It also addresses social issues, such as today’s young people who struggle without the prospect of a job or a better life, while these communities sweep things under the carpet. And all this, right under the nose of the church. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the water nymph’s dance reverberates with the promise of deliverance when the rain comes.

Lekas (26), a Stellenbosch University Drama graduate, completed the text under the mentorship of playwright Saartjie Botha.

Lekas says: “Through the grace of telling the story of Die dans van die watermeid I had the opportunity to create something from my own distress in the hope that people will become aware of the pain of those around them.”VTickets cost R120 each through Computicket. For block bookings contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

Amee Lekas’s Die dans van die watermeid (“The dance of the water maiden”), which was chosen for development at Kunste Onbeperk’s inaugural Teksmark (script market) initiative in Cape Town last year is on at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

It will continue until Saturday 25 November at 20:15 or 20:30.

Lekas’s debut script was selected out of 14 entries at a presentation of short extracts by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

It was lifted from the page and brought to the stage as a full-scale production, directed by Jason Jacobs with a stellar cast.

Rehane Abrahams (Womb of fire, The real people) leads the ensemble alongside Abduragman Adams (Suidooster, Noem my Skollie), Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings, Boes­man en Lena), Ephraim Gordon (Die laaste karretjiegraf, Blood brothers), Gretchen Ramsden (Portret, Agamemnon) and Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh (Suip!, District Six: The musical).

Cornelia Faasen, executive director of NATi, says Lekas has a unique voice.

“Talking and listening to her gave me the sense of an artist who is equally blessed with a beautiful innocence and the wisdom and language ability of someone who is a thousand years old, such is her impact as a young writer. It felt as if the work called out to be staged, to be performed and to give a voice to many of the voiceless in our communities,” she says.

Die dans van die watermeid is a heart-breaking story set against the backdrop of Willowmore in the Klein Karoo where Lekas grew up. It offers a unique look at the people from the region in a script that is powerful, without undermining the inherent ­simplicity.

The story revolves around how they hold on to their superstitions in spite of the influence of the church. It also addresses social issues, such as today’s young people who struggle without the prospect of a job or a better life, while these communities sweep things under the carpet. And all this, right under the nose of the church. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the water nymph’s dance reverberates with the promise of deliverance when the rain comes.

Lekas (26), a Stellenbosch University Drama graduate, completed the text under the mentorship of playwright Saartjie Botha.

Lekas says: “Through the grace of telling the story of Die dans van die watermeid I had the opportunity to create something from my own distress in the hope that people will become aware of the pain of those around them.”VTickets cost R120 each through Computicket. For block bookings contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

Amee Lekas’s Die dans van die watermeid (“The dance of the water maiden”), which was chosen for development at Kunste Onbeperk’s inaugural Teksmark (script market) initiative in Cape Town last year is on at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.

It will continue until Saturday 25 November at 20:15 or 20:30.

Lekas’s debut script was selected out of 14 entries at a presentation of short extracts by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

It was lifted from the page and brought to the stage as a full-scale production, directed by Jason Jacobs with a stellar cast.

Rehane Abrahams (Womb of fire, The real people) leads the ensemble alongside Abduragman Adams (Suidooster, Noem my Skollie), Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings, Boes­man en Lena), Ephraim Gordon (Die laaste karretjiegraf, Blood brothers), Gretchen Ramsden (Portret, Agamemnon) and Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh (Suip!, District Six: The musical).

Cornelia Faasen, executive director of NATi, says Lekas has a unique voice.

“Talking and listening to her gave me the sense of an artist who is equally blessed with a beautiful innocence and the wisdom and language ability of someone who is a thousand years old, such is her impact as a young writer. It felt as if the work called out to be staged, to be performed and to give a voice to many of the voiceless in our communities,” she says.

Die dans van die watermeid is a heart-breaking story set against the backdrop of Willowmore in the Klein Karoo where Lekas grew up. It offers a unique look at the people from the region in a script that is powerful, without undermining the inherent ­simplicity.

The story revolves around how they hold on to their superstitions in spite of the influence of the church. It also addresses social issues, such as today’s young people who struggle without the prospect of a job or a better life, while these communities sweep things under the carpet. And all this, right under the nose of the church. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the water nymph’s dance reverberates with the promise of deliverance when the rain comes.

Lekas (26), a Stellenbosch University Drama graduate, completed the text under the mentorship of playwright Saartjie Botha.

Lekas says: “Through the grace of telling the story of Die dans van die watermeid I had the opportunity to create something from my own distress in the hope that people will become aware of the pain of those around them.”VTickets cost R120 each through Computicket. For block bookings contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

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