Perhaps one of South Africa’s most memorable stories and a longstanding set work book for English high school learners, Dalene Matthee’s Fiela se Kind, is retold with a fresh twist on stage at Carnival in February.
The heartwarming story, adapted for the stage by Suzanne van Wijk and directed by Frans Swart, plays out at the Mardi Gras Theatre from February 7 to 18.
In this refreshed production of Fiela se Kind, Swart plays homage to Matthee, one of South Africa’s most talented authors.
Swart has produced the production twice (in 1997 and 2007), and he and Matthee became great friends before she died.
“It is once again time for us to experience the wonderful story of Fiela se Kind on stage,” Swart says.
“From the outset, my team and I said that we did not want to copy any of the former productions and so this production is fresh and new.
“I am very excited about what happened during the creative processes. Theatregoers will definitely experience a wonderful new production and, after 30 years, there is of course a whole new generation that has never seen Fiela se Kind on stage.”
Young Benjamin is played by Eloff Snyman from Cape Town and Nina is played by Jaime du Toit from Vereeniging. Then there are two wonderful young actors, Marissa Claasen and Phillru van Achterbergh, who will plays the roles of the older Nina and Lukas, respectively.
Fiela se Kind tells the story of the coloured woman, Fiela Komoetie, who raised her white foundling, Benjamin, with love and pride, until the day, nine years later, when the census takers took him away.
On the other side of the mountain, in the forest, lived the woodcutter Elias van Rooyen and his wife Barta who had lost their three-year-old son, Lukas. Could Benjamin and Lukas be the same child?
Years later, Benjamin/Lukas struggles with the question: “Who am I?” He had to find out; otherwise, the woman he loved could never be his. He knew that there was an answer, somewhere within himself, hidden deep within the past.
Stand a chance to win
We are giving away five double tickets to the Fiela se Kind on five separate days to stand a chance of winning a set of tickets, answer this easy question:
Who wrote the book Fiela se Kind?
Send you answer, along with your name and contact details, to Neo at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm on Wednsday, February 7, 2018. Winners will notified via email.