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Some classics in the Afrikaans repertoire will be performed in the Basement Theatre at Promusica by the popular comic actress, Marga van Rooy. Her hit production Pille en Brille is among them.
A SERIES of Afrikaans productions are to be brought to the Promusica stage by Marga van Rooy from February to May.


Marga van RooyTV comedy actress, Marga van RooyVan Rooy, the much-loved comedy TV actress, plays Ouma Ellie in Mollie en Worson KykNet. She will appear in all the Promusica productions.

She says the stage has always been her first love and she would like to celebrate that passion by showcasing work that she has done at various festivals over the years. She will also perform her popular Afrikaans farce, Pille en Brille.

From the first show on Sunday, 27 February, the series will include warm and funny works of classic and contemporary Afrikaans folklore. They will be staged at Promusica’s Basement Theatre at 4pm on the first and last Sunday of every month until 29 May. Tickets will cost R80 to R90 throughout the season.

Afrikaans literature is known for some hilarious writing, and writers included in the productions include Mikro, Dot Serfontein, Andre le Roux, Con Viljie and PH Nortje. Van Rooy will also perform Die Psalmstorie, which is the story of biblical psalms in the lives of ordinary people.

Promusica’s marketing assistant, Nevolan Reddy, says: “The productions are all by Van Rooy, who has a large following, with all her previous shows being sold out.”

Pille en Brille was an outstanding success when it was staged at Promusica in 2010, he adds.

The first in the series is Ai Meraai! Die Bruidjies Dit en Dot! by Mikro. It tells the tales of the quaint and charming lives of the residents of the small Karoo town of Gonnakolk, with Van Rooy playing a number of characters. The show will be staged for one night only on 27 February.

Then on 6 and 27 March and 1 and 29 May, Van Rooy will perform Pille en Brille. Written by Henk Pretorious, the play is about two elderly female friends of a retirement home who start competing with each other when a new widower arrives. Yvonne Schoeman and newcomer Deon Vermaak join Van Rooy in this production.

Reddy says: “From the contemporary pen of the Bakgat scriptwriter, comes this riotous farce for stage. It was successfully presented in Promusica’s Basement Theatre last year before being performed at the Kalfie Festival in Hermanus during August – to capacity audiences.”

The third production in the series, Die Psalmstorie, will be staged on 3 April to celebrate Easter. In it, Van Rooy features psalms from the time of Moses and King David – and it even includes the pop group Boney M.

Then, on 24 April, it is the turn of Dot Serfontein Vertel, in which the actress brings to life all her old favorites that she has played in productions such as Die Woordfees, Cultivaria, Die Rittefees and the Volksblad Kunstefees.

School and group bookings are possible through Queen on or Nevolan on or by calling 011 674 1356/7/8/9. All other bookings can be made at Computicket.

Joburg Promusica theatre complex is in the Civic Centre at 100 Christiaan de Wet Drive, Florida Park, Roodepoort.

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