Fiela gets a new child
Lefra Productions’ very successful Fiela Se Kind, with Shaleen Surtie-Richards in the role of Fiela, experienced unprecedented success in 2017. Due to sold-out theatres and much acclaim, Lefra Productions have decided to present Fiela Se Kind again all over South Africa in 2018. Another stroke of good luck is the fact that Fiela Se Kind – Die Drama has once again been prescribed for matrics for Afrikaans Additional Language this year.
According to Lefra Director and Producer, Frans Swart, Fiela did exceptionally well last year. “It was wonderful to have so many children attending this special production of Fiela Se Kind. All the Afrikaans teachers were unanimous that Fiela helped their students tremendously. Because of Fiela’s huge achievements, we have decided to proceed touring the country with this production in 2018. Lefra’s motto has always been ‘to bring theatre to the people’. There has probably not been even one season that was not sold out or where extra shows were not scheduled. This is wonderful, because if theatre does so well, it still has a future in SA.”
In 2017, Vian Singleton played the role of the young Benjamin with Phillru van Achterbergh as the adult Benjamin. “Vian interpreted young Benjamin/Lukas brilliantly – so much so that he won a Broadway World Award as the Best Supporting Actor in 2017! As it goes with 12-year old boys, though, he shot up overnight! In January, when the rehearsals for Fiela began, I immediately realised that Vian had become too big and tall for the role. One must keep in mind that Benjamin, the apple of his mother’s eye, was small and very vulnerable. So, in order to lend credibility to Dalene Matthee’s story, we had to make the tough decision to replace Vian … we auditioned more than 100 boys and finally decided on Eloff Snyman.”
This young actor, who appeared in commercials from an early age, made his film debut in the movie, Liewe Kersvader, last year. Eloff is a Grade Seven learner from the Primary School, Durbanville in Cape Town. His father is the well-known Christo Snyman of the Broers band, and his mother, Danel, is an occupational therapist.
Fiela Se Kind can be seen shortly at Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre from February 7 to 18, 2018. Bookings can be made at Computicket on 0861 915 8000. School groups can obtain tickets at very special low prices. Contact Lefra Productions on 011 815 3000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.fielasekind.co.za.
Well-known actress and singer, Zenobia Kloppers, also from Cape Town, will substitute for Shaleen Surtie-Richards in the role of Fiela for the Carnival City season, as Shaleen is currently under intense work pressure to complete the television series, Broken Vows. In March, though, Shaleen will be back as Fiela, for the Suidooster Festival and other performances. Zenobia has played Fiela before in the previous production by Lefra Productions.
“Zenobia knows Fiela thoroughly and we are very excited that she has agreed to play this two-week season for us at Carnival City”, said Director Frans Swart. Zenobia studied drama at the University of Cape Town and has played various roles, in Ghoema, Antjie Somers, The Queen of the Night, Die Zauberflote, Amadeus and many more. She has also played Fiela in Fiela Se Kind. Her recent rendition of Poppie, in RSG’s Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena, sparked a very good response.
Paul Lückhoff, who is currently very popular in Binnelanders as Oom Wimpie, plays Elias, the Forest man. His wife, Bartha, is played by Edrien Erasmus. Phillru van Achterbergh (Revue) plays the adult Benjamin and Marissa Claasen (Liewe Heksie) plays the adult Nina. The young Nina is played by Jaimie du Toit. Johny Klein (Flennie die Snare, Villa Rosa) plays Selling, Fiela’s husband.
Book now at Computicket for Fiela Se Kind at Carnival City’s Mardi Gras from February 7 to 18, 2018.