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Queen Sandra back at the Baxter

NEWSFLASH! The highly acclaimed Afrikaans drama, Die Moeder, with Sandra Prinsloo leading a stellar cast under the direction of Christaan Olwagen, comes to The Baxter for a limited season, from 12 to 29 April.

Sandra Prinsloo, Ludwig Binge, Ashley de lange in Die Moeder
Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht

Celebrated director of films such as Kanarie and Poppie Nongena,  Olwagen, returns to the theatre, having translated the original work, The Mother, into Afrikaans (with English surtitles) and transferring the events to contemporary South Africa.

It is a compelling portrait of empty nest syndrome by award-winning playwright Florian Zeller, who also wrote The Father. The film version of The Father won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Die Moeder debuted at the 2022 Toyota SU Woordfees.

Theatre critic and editor of De Beer Necessities, Diane de Beer writes that although Christiaan Olwagen’s success as a film director is remarkable, it is his theatre work that impresses her most. “It feels as if it is a medium that he fully understands, where he feels at home, and where his vision translates magnificently.”

Sandra Prinsloo plays the role of Anna who is unable to come to terms with the realisation that motherhood, as she has known it, is over.

Her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. She spends hours alone and the world seems to tilt around her.

Is her husband really having an affair? Did her favoured son really come home? Or has the loneliness driven Anna mad?

Sandra Prinsloo, Dawid Minnaar, Ludwig Binge
Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht

De Beer raves about Prinsloo’s performance, saying she “slips under her character’s skin (and yours) and more in a performance that simply surpasses everything she has done before (and there were some great ones) … this was next level!”

Prinsloo is joined on stage by legendary South African actor Dawid Minnaar (7de Laan, Binnelanders), Ludwig Binge (Balbesit, Johnny is nie dood nie) and Ashley de Lange (Bad Jews).

“Binge, Prinsloo, Olwagen and his technical team spin a theatrical dance that will be remembered for a long time. A dance of unforgettable oblivion,” writes Machelle van Zyl in INK.

Die Moeder was awarded three kykNET Fiestas this year, Best Festival Production, Best Director and Best Performance in a Leading Role (Sandra Prinsloo), and received five Woodtrofees awards.

Die Moeder runs at the Baxter Flipside from 12 to 29 April at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Booking is through Webtickets.

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