Daneel van der Walt and Candice van Litsenborgh
Photo Credit: Canned Rice Photography/
Richard Wright-Firth

Canned Rice Productions will present Candice van Litsenborgh new dark comedy, SASOLBURG COMMON 'BIRDS' OF SOUTH AFRICA, at the Alexander Bar this March. The production will be directed by Richard Wright-Firth.

In SASOLBURG COMMON 'BIRDS' OF SOUTH AFRICA, two small-town sisters, Cobalize and Jacomine, "klap the sokkietreffers" and discuss the finer points of braai etiquette and casual alcoholism as they navigate the harsh realities of flame-grilling, hard chilling and finding a guy whose first name is not also a surname. Unwilling to conform to any rules set by their culture, careers, or good taste, and with a tenuous grasp on social niceties, the van der Vlok sisters attempt to soar in life, as long as it doesn't take too much effort.

The show features this year's Maynardville leading "man", Daneel van der Walt as Jacomine alongside her former classmate, Candice van Litsenborgh. The two met at the University of Cape Town, where they both completed a degree in Theatre and Performance. The pair has not been seen on the same stage since Geoffrey Hyland's 2004 production of HAMLET.

Van der Walt, who was born in Sasolburg, has been in shows like BIG GIRL, LONG STREET NIGHTS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, MISSING and DANI AND THE LION. This year, she made her Maynardville debut as Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. RSG listeners will have heard her voicing several animals in the radio drama, RSG SE STORIEDIERETUIN.

Van Litsenborgh grew up in Port Elizabeth and made her Cape Town theatre debut at Maynardville in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, before going on to perform in musicals such as PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, ANNIE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SWEENEY TODD, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CHESS, ASSASSINS, SHOW BOAT, SUNSET BOULEVARD and I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. She has also become a perennial baddie in the annual Canal Walk children's shows. She also works as a dubbing artist and photographer. For Canned Rice, she adapted the June Carter Cash book FROM THE HEART for the stage. She also wrote, co-produced and starred in UNDERSTUDY BLUES, VACANCY and COURT.

THE SISTERS UGLY runs at the Alexander Upstairs from 12 - 17 March at 21:00. Tickets cost R90 - R100 and are available from the Alexander Bar website, For telephone enquiries, call 021 300 1652. The Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre is situated at 76 Strand Street in the Cape Town city centre and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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