Sasolburg Common "Birds" of South Africa

Dark Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Richard Wright-Firth | Written by Candice van Litsenborgh | Performed by Daneel van der Walt and Candice van Litsenborgh | Presented by Canned Rice Productions | Sound design by Wayne Joshua for Africa Audio Post
Warning: Some Afrikaans, a bit of swearing and rude hand gestures, chicken sexing

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. While navigating their way through life – without getting bogged down by constraints such as rules and common sense– the van der Vlok sisters share their morally questionable shenanigans and opinions with the audience. Oblivious to their own confusion and with an unwavering confidence, these common birds provide a how-not-to guide for anyone wanting to succeed at life.

 "Sasolburg Common ‘Birds’ of SA is colourful, crazy, quirky and, as the sisters themselves would say, “k@k funny”! Will leave you gasping for breath between screams of laughter." - THEATRE SCENE CAPE TOWN (Barbara Loots)

"...mad, unexpected, original, edgy and totally, utterly hilarious. This could become a cult thing. It could go viral. Best you get to see it now!" - WEEKEND SPECIAL (Megan Furniss

Bios: Van der Walt, who was born in Sasolburg, has been in shows like BIG GIRL, LONG STREET NIGHTS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Fleur du Cap - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical winner), MISSING and DANI AND THE LION (Fleur Du Cap nominee). 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 (Fleur Du Cap Nominee, Broadway World Award Winner), ANNIE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Broadway World Award winner, Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Nominee) and SWEENEY TODD (Fleur du Cap nominee). 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.

Wright-Firth split his childhood between Harlow, Essex and Gaborone, Botswana before moving to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where he later became a lecturer and director. He is an award-winning radio actor and former member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. In the UK he has appeared in dozens of productions including HAMLET, MACBETH, THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY and UNDER MILK WOOD. In South Africa he has directed UNDERSTUDY BLUES, SALUTE THE TROOPS, THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID, FROM THE HEART and COURT. He also appeared as Muldoon in 3 seasons of the Starz Network series, BLACK SAILS.

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