Archive for December, 2016


AUDITIONS: 21 January at 14:30


  • Sipho (a young boy)
  • Mama Wesizwa (his mother)
  • Blommetjie and Palesa (twin sisters: one pale, the other dark)
  • Zunga and Oagajaga (travellers from another place)
  • Ceres (a nature spirit)
  • Naledi (the Bright Morning Star)

A note on the characters:

  • Mama Wesizwa is a rod puppet, larger than life. She is matronly and gentle.
  • Sipho is played by a real boy. He is taciturn and clumsy. Sometimes he has to think very carefully about what he wants to say before he says it.
  • The twin sisters are two young girls who are completely inseparable: like conjoined twins, they are joined at the hip and shoulder, and can only move their right and left arms respectively. They complete each other’s sentences, interrupt each other and at all times move as a single entity.
  • The two travellers are glove puppets with oversize heads and pointy hats, one with bells on it. They may be operated by the same puppeteer and voiced by the same actor. Like Punch & Judy characters, they are raucous and vulgar.
  • Ceres, like Mama and Naledi, is also a large rod puppet. She represents earthly nature in its abundance and its parsimony, its gentleness and its violence.
  • Naledi is ethereal, completely white and silver, with a glittering and gentle, but almost cold, presence


Sipho is a strange young boy who lives alone with his mother in a remote village. His mother wishes he was not so strange, and wonders how she is going to handle him. She goes across the valley to visit someone, and Sipho, left alone, is approached by the two sisters who have been spying on him and giggling at his strange ways. The girls convince him that he is too strange and is a burden on his mother, so Sipho plans to run away to spare her the difficulty of raising him. He steals the money that his mother has been saving to send him to school or to buy him some new shoes and he sets off, accompanied by the sisters, teasing him all the way.

Suddenly the sisters disappear and two strangers arrive. They trick the naïve young boy out of his money and they disappear in turn, just as night is falling.

Not being able to find his way home, Sipho is met by a nature spirit who takes him under her wing for the night and watches over him while he sleeps, having struck a bargain with him that she will only keep the bad spirits away until just before dawn, otherwise she will be neglecting her work of keeping nature in balance.

On waking the next morning, Sipho finds that the nature spirit has indeed disappeared, and he is all alone, cold, scared and hungry.

As he is regretting stealing from his mother and running away, the Bright Morning Star appears and calls his name. She leads him back to his frantic mother and promises to get the stolen money back, if his mother does not punish him too harshly. As she fades away with the approaching sun, she leaves behind a trail of shiny coins for the reunited mother and son.

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com


December 2016 – Number 163

Hi everyone!

Sorry about the lateness of this Chat – I completely lost track of time what with the public holiday. December brain!

That being the case, I hope you all have a wonderful festive season to recover from this, in some ways, rather brutal year sufficiently to bounce back for a wonderful 2017. If you’re travelling, travel safe and if you aren’t, stay safe!

Members evening feedback

Our year-end members evening was held at the Hok on 4 December and was definitely a success. It was great to see all the familiar faces as well as a few we haven’t seen recently! Sheldon Cross put together a collection of SNL sketches for the entertainment and there was a huge spread of salads and veg to accompany the braai. All in all a delightful afternoon. Thank you to all who attended!


The CDS AGM for 2016 will be held at Barristers Bar and Grill, Newlands (our usual haunt) on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. You certainly can’t say we didn’t warn you well in advance! If there is anything you would like included on the agenda, please contact a committee member. A more detailed notice will be issued closer to the time.

Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Intersociety quiz

The annual intersociety quiz was held on 20 November at the Masque, hosted by Constantiaberg Theatre Players. CDS fielded a team called the “Silly Cows”, consisting of Simon Dutton, Nicky Enticott and Kim R2, who managed a very respectable fourth place. The winner, and therefore next year’s host was Fish Hoek. Well done!

MADS members evening

MADS hosted an intersociety members evening on 30 November. Each society was asked to provide a table of snacks and decorations themed around a play or movie. CDS’s theme was Agatha Christie so we had cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea.


The other themes were Titanic (MADS) and Wild Wild West (CTP) so ther was a fun range of costumes and food and all told it was a fun and successful evening. Disappointing how few CDS members were there, though.

Audition alert: The Full Monty

Pinelands Players will present the stage version of The Full Monty in November 2017, directed by Laura Bosman. Auditions will be held later this year or early next year, and this is a heads-up in case you would be interested in auditioning. Possible venues for the production are either the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, or the Artscape Arena. If you are interested and would like to put your name down for consideration, please email Laura at bosman.ld@gmail.com.

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

See you at the theatre!


8 Nov–31 Dec Au Revoir
presented by Follow Spot Productions
Kalk Bay Theatre
22 Nov–31 Jan District Six – Kanala  created by David Kramer Fugard Theatre
29 Nov–17 Dec The Echo of a Noise 
with Pieter-Dirk Uys
Baxter Theatre
30 Nov–31 Dec Murdering Agatha Christie
written by Nicholas Ellenbogen
Rosebank Theatre
2 Dec–8 Jan Annie
presented by Pieter Toerien and Hazel Feldman
6 Dec–14 Jan Fortyfied 
with Nik Rabinowitz
Baxter Theatre
8–17 Dec Joanie Galant Hulle  
directed by Nolan Africa
8–23 Dec Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
presented by Stagecraft Drama Studio
12–24 Dec Love Me Tinder  
directed by Megan Furniss
Alexander Bar
13 Dec–? Bad Jews 
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre
14–23 Dec Oh Baby, I’m a Wild One
written by Louis Viljoen
Alexander Bar
15–23 Dec Grease
presented by Masque Theatre Players
Masque Theatre
16 Dec–8 Jan Peter Pan and Tinker Bell
presented by Cape Town City Ballet
19–24 Dec Cinderella 
presented by Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company
Baxter Theatre
20 Dec–14 Jan Whistle Stop 
presented by Hijinks Theatre
Baxter Theatre
26 Dec–7 Jan Single Minded
presented by Jack Hardcastle Productions
Alexander Bar
27 Dec–7 Jan Dani and the Lion 
directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti
Alexander Bar
31 Dec Stairway to Heaven 
presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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