The Visit

Comedy Drama • Running Time: 75 mins
Written, directed and produced by Brent Palmer | Starring Jenny Stead | Euodia Samson | Pierre Malherbe | Clyde Berning

Luke is a great guy! He loves his wife Vanessa, his two healthy boys and his home. But Luke hates his life! He dislikes teaching drama at the local school and loathes being a failed actor even more. When Jacob, his best friend from university, now a Hollywood star, comes to dinner, all of Luke’s jealousies come rushing to the fore. Luke’s insecurities are heightened by the presence of Jacob’s girlfriend, ‘B Movie’ starlet Jackie Lodin, and not least by the fact that Jacob and Vanessa are old sweet-hearts, setting the stage for an evening of high drama, tension and hilarity

'The Visit is a comedy drama with awkward consequences. It deals with what happens when an old friend, now a Hollywood star, returns home 

Jenny Stead:

Jenny obtained her honours degree in Drama from the University of Stellenbosch where she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for most promising student. After graduating she won a Vita award for best new actress for her performance as a chain smoking, cocai snorting, troubled copy writer in Fiona Coyne's smash hit comedy 'Glass Roots'. Jenny has forged a career playing diverse roles from the tragic Ophelia in Stephen Berkoff's 'The Secret Live Life of Ophelia' to the ditzy Brooke in the hilarious 'Noises off'. Jenny won a Fleur du Cap for her performance as a dying succubus in Reza de Wet's 'Breathing In, followed by a tour throughout the USA and Europe with the New York Collonade Theatre's production of the politically charged, 'Truth In Translation'. Jenny was nominated for her 3rd Fleur du Cap for playing Janet in the Rocky horror Show which played to sold out houses for over 300 shows. Her film credits include 'The Poseidon Adventure', 'Starship Troopers 3' and the golden globe nominated 'Restless'. Look out for Jenny in the NSFW NBC grindhouse tv series 'Blood Drive' where she plays a middle American, suburban housewife, serial killer!

Pierre Malherbe:

The UCT trained Pierre Malherbe has acted in a number of plays over the last three decades, including highlights like: Beautiful Thing, Under the Oaks, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, The Tent, King Lear, Sexual Perversity In Chicago, and Urban Death . 

In recent years he has mostly been associated with the plays of Louis Viljoen; having appeared in CHAMP, Porno 88, The Kingmakers and The Eulogists.

He has dabbled in stand-up comedy, doing the Cape Town club circuit, and performed three self penned one-man shows: Duncan Farenheit’s Acoustic Jam Sandwich, Duncan Farenheit and the Lank Tired Okes and Another Friggin’ Tribute Show.

He has had roles in television series including: Black Sails, , Dominion, Roots, Madiba, Land of Thirst ,Traffic, the upcoming Troy: Fall Of A City as well as numerous South African sitcoms.

Pierre’s many film credits include: Chronicle; Second Skin; Styx; Bypass; Death Race 2, and acclaimed short films such as Barroom; Lazy Susan; The Bison Brothers - which he also co wrote and co directed; the SAFTA award-winning Armed Response; and Snap! which was part of Cape Town’s 48 hour film project in 2014, and for which he received a best actor nomination.

Brent Palmer:

Brent is an award winning writer, actor and comedian. He has worked extensively in TV, film and Theatre. His most recent TV credits include roles in ‘Tali’s Wedding Diary’, ‘Those who Can’t’ and ‘Jamilla and Alladin’. Brent has also acted in a number of theatre productions including award winning play ‘A Steady Rain’, alongside Nicholas Pauling, ‘The Father’ alongside Marius Wyers and Louis Viljoen’s play The Kingmakers. In 2012 Brent wrote and acted in ‘Bench’, a Fleur Du Cap nominated script, in which he appeared alongside Adrian Collins. Brent also wrote ‘Witnesses’ which won the Fleur Du Cap for best direction award for Mathew Wilde in 2005 

Together with BenchFilms; Brent co-produced, wrote and appeared in the 2015 SAFTA winning short film ‘Picture Perfect Heist’. The team are currently developing a funded feature film of the same name. Brent wrote, directed and acted in a short film called ‘The Agency’ which made the top three at the Schnit film festival

Brent has used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi, Gaetan Schmit, Stuart Taylor and many more. Brent is a regular feature at the Cape Town Comedy Club and has worked alongside comedians like John Vlismas, Mel Miller and Trevor Noah. Brent is also currently directing Siv Ngesi’s new stand up show for the Baxter called SIV-ILIZED

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills. 

Clyde Berning:

Clyde graduated from UCT with a degree in Theatre & Performance. He then went on to play Laertes in 'Hamlet', Eros in 'Antony & Cleopatra', Slim in 'Cowboy Mouth', Mark Dolson in 'Mass Appeal', Dakin in 'The History Boys', and more recently, Nick Arnstein in 'Funny Girl'. He won a Naledi award for his portrayal of Dakin in 'The History Boys' (2011). He has also appeared in local and international series and films such as 'Black Sails', 'Dominion', 'Cape Town', 'Known Gods', 'Montana', 'The Mating Game' and 'Shooting Stars'. He lives in Cape Town with his wife and three kids. 

Euodia Samson:

Euodia Samson is a South African actress best known for her roles in the television series SOS, Big Okes, Madam & Eve (ETV) and Fishy Feshuns.
She was also a cast member of the SABC2 variety comedy series Colour TV(SABC2), in 2011.

Other television series she has acted in include Backstage, Tussen Duiwels(SABC2), Newshounds and Khululeka(SABC2).

She has also acted in several films including Cape of Good Hope, Ali Barber, Crossroads and Black Butterfly.

Euodia has acted in numerous theatre productions including Freaks, A Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dying Breed and Sister Breyani.

 She studied a Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1993.

Since 1993 she worked for CAPAB Also on their Schools Programme, War on Waste. Featured in the production Dying Breed. Appeared in Roxy for the Baxter Theatre.

Played Mustardseed in Maynardville's 1995 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Vatmaar (2003).

In 2005 participated in The Baxter Storytelling Festival at The Baxter Theatre Centre (in association with Sibikwa Community Theatre Project). Die Joseph en Mary Affair (Vleis, Rys en Aartappels, 2008).

Radio work includes Goud en Silwer, a drama for the SABC. Did promotional videos for Sanlam and Old Mutual.

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