The bride looks miserable as she makes her way down the aisle. There’s a hush as guests clamour to see what’s going on. Keketso Semoko, who’s played lovable Agnes Matabane for more than a decade, stumbles over the hem of her cream gown.
Then she pops out her tongue and giggles, hamming it up for her delighted castmates.
It’s a rehearsal and Keketso’s antics won’t make the final cut of the soapie’s latest glam wedding. But plenty of on-screen drama awaits Isidingo fans, thanks to Zeb (Don Mlangeni) being so late for his big day that Agnes is convinced he’s a no-show.
It’s their second trip down the aisle; they were already together when Isidingo kicked off in 1998. After a painful divorce and time apart they finally realised they’re meant to be together.
Which is good news for fans of the SABC3 show – and even better news for Keketso and Don who love working together.
“We used to act together on radio dramas for school children. That was in the early ’90s,” Don smiles. “Plus we’re both Geminis so we understand each other’s emotions.”
Keketso agrees. “But getting married is such a schlep, she chuckles. While Zeb is happily married Keke has never tied the knot, although she’s seeing someone, she says with a wink.
“Getting married is too much of a hassle – it’s lovely but too much for me. All that preparation for a simple thing like getting a ring that fits and going for fittings again and again . . .”
As with Barker and Kimberly’s August 2010 wedding the scenes were filmed at Oakfield Farm in Muldersdrift. Zeb and Agnes marry under a rose-encrusted gazebo in the garden, later moving to the Summer House room for the glitzy reception. Keketso is grateful Isidingo’s wardrobe mistress, Julie Palmer, consulted her every step of the way about the dress.
Will Zeb and Agnes get their happily-ever-after?
Don isn’t very forthcoming.
“I haven’t enjoyed the way the character has changed lately,” he says. ‘I’m a traditionalist like Zeb so it’s frustrating that he’s become more about the comedy and is being ordered about by his wife. He was a bit emasculated but I’m glad they’re getting married.”
“This time it’s for real. But this is a soapie – you never know what will happen,” Keke adds.
Also read about Generations’ Samuel and Sharon’s traditional hook-up in YOU, 28 April 2011.