A Double Feature of JERRY, AN UNCONVENTIONAL HERO and DUDE, WA'S MY BAKKIE? Comes to Alexander Upstairs

A Double Feature of JERRY, AN UNCONVENTIONAL HERO and DUDE, WA'S MY BAKKIE? Comes to Alexander Upstairs

Jerry: An Unconventional Hero - Directed by Ian van der Westhuizen

How does Jerry, a shy computer-nerd, wind up inside an interrogation room? In a convoluted tale of action and absurdity, Jerry faces shady, larger-than-life characters as he's thrust into dangerous situations. He has to be brave and he has to learn that anyone can be a hero, even a nerd. But it all starts with a mysterious pizza delivery...

Dude, Wa's My Bakkie? - Directed by Dean van der Ventel

When Dean September discovers that his vehicle has been stolen, this young driver starts reminiscing. Starting with his 21st birthday, when he received the 1400 Bakkie as a gift, he continues through many endearing bakkie-adventures that capture his first love, heartbreak, road-rage, hijackings and car-theft - all wrapped up in 90's music and Cape-coloured culture.

Jerry, an unconventional hero, is an action-packed performance about danger and courage, with a storyline that combines pop culture themes and Le Cordeur's appetite for superhero comics. He skilfully morphs into numerous characters, making use of physicality and unconventional lighting effects to isolate and define the different scenarios as the story unfolds.

Dude, wa's my Bakkie, is an explorative journey centred around issues of identity, mental and physical wellness, cultural awareness and masculinity in a modern society. The production utilizes projected video and audience participation to enrich the experience, whilst cunningly creating road-safety awareness.

JEREMEO LE CORDEUR is a creative soul, born and bred in Wellington, Western Cape. He is a young actor, director, writer, and arts-photographer who graduated from City Varsity - School of Media and Creative Arts with an unstoppable drive and unfaltering commitment to his craft. He is also the industrious entrepreneur behind Vulture Productions; an independent production & design platform encouraging the creation of original South African works.

In 2009, he joined Fresh Theatre Company, a presenting company specialising in musical theatre, where he performed in Life is Rock N Roll, Love in Cyberspace, and Pinocchio.

In 2010, he created Vulture Productions, which he uses as a vehicle to support and create South African theatre works. He has been at the helm of many successful productions such as PIZZA'S HERE (2011), I KNOW HOW YOU SCREAMED LAST SCARY MOVIE (2011), and RISK for the 2012 & 2013 National Arts Festival.

In 2013 he directed February 14th at the Artscape theatre centre and received rave reviews, admiring Le Cordeur as "an energetic and entrepreneurial theatre maker" (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times). In 2014, he directed TANNIE DORA GOES BOS, a play written by Warren Meyer for Artscape's 8th annual Woman/humanity festival.

In 2016 he created The Vulture Photography Project, an arts-photography project aimed at showcasing the work of South African theatre practitioners.

In 2018 he completed a three-month-long residency at Brouhaha international - representing the Artscape Theatre Centre and South Africa within the European voluntary service program, where I am responsible Social media as well as production management. at the Unity theatre - where we showcased over a dozen international performances from Italy, Spain, Martinique, Brazil, Cuba, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago and South Africa.

IAN VAN DER WESTHUIZEN got his BADrama degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2015. In 2018 he directed 2 of the main shows at the USWoordfees, "VER(LOS)" and "ONS", and starred in the production "DIP-THUNK" with the nominated upcoming actress Lana Scott as Director. He is proud to say the production "ONS" was nominated for best "Debut production" at the festival. He also took part for a second time in "Uitkampteater" at the KKNK where he acted, directed and wrote his own production with great success.

Ian van der Westhuizen made appearances in a few Afrikaans South African Series, "SARA SE GEHEIM 2", "FYNSKRIF" and "ONDER DIE SUIDERKRUIS" as examples. He has done voice work for RSG radio dramas and advertisements for Bokradio. The last 2 years he had leading roles in a variation of international advertisements; Nutella, Nintendo switch 2K18, Allianz etc.

DEAN VAN DER VENTEL studied drama at Northlink College and started his professional acting career in 2004 with a play called RAAK WYS directed by Ivan Lucas. Since then he has performed festivals with productions including BREED directed by Janet Buckland, BLY directed by Gaerin Hauptflesh and STERIEL EN BOETMAN directed by Gideon van Eden.

Some of his theatre credits include, PRISON CODES directed by Luqmaan Adams, VIETNA LEKKE JY written by Hein Poole, KRISMIS VAN MAP JACOBS directed by Andre Samuels, TANNIE DORA GOES BOS directed by Jeremeo Le Cordeur and DIE SIDEBOARD directed by Albert Maritz.

His movie credits include DOLLARS AND WHITE PIPES, THE MAN FROM YESTERDAY, DIE STILTE and ELLEN PAKKIES.

He made his directing debut at the Suidoosterfees in 2017 with a show called AUNTY GABIEBA with Christian Bennet.

LEE ROODT is an actor, voice artist, stand-up comedian and martial artist. The former Springbok kickboxer. He completed his studies at The independent theatre movement of South Africa (ITMSA) Where he specialized in Shakespeare and Classical Greek. He is currently one of the artistic directors at ITMSA, along with the founder, Tauriq Jenkins.

Some of his other theatre credits include NOMMERPAS by Gaerin Hauptflesh, STAAN SAAM by Annemarie Hatting, VIETNA LEKKE JY written by Hein Poole, THE BIRDS by Roy Sergeant, CA 12-6 by Henrich Resenhoffer, QUIET VIOLENCE OF DREAMS directed by Fatima Dyke and KRISMIS VAN MAP JACOBS directed by Andre Samuels.

His Screen credits include NOEM MY SKOLLIE, SARA SE GEHIEM 2, SUIDOOSTER, ABC'S OF KINGS AND PROPHETS and BBC's JAMILLAH AND ALADDIN.

VULTURE PRODUCTIONS is an independent production & design platform that has achieved great successes in the Western Cape theatre industry for encouraging the creation of original South African works amongst directors, theatre-makers, performers, scriptwriters and other creative artists.

Since founded in 2010, the platform has offered edgy, thought-provoking productions and engaged with diverse audiences, through a variety of innovative and educational theatrical experiences.

Through the platform, Le Cordeur collaborates with other artists, ensuring that whatever contributions they receive, is well spent on fostering the talents of their contemporaries in the field of performing arts in South Africa.

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