Who’s Upstairs: Denise Newman

Denise Newman stars in Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September, on at Alexander Upstairs theatre from 19-25 April at 9PM

Home town?
Cape Town

Tell us a little more about your show?
It’s a story of a remarkable South African woman who was assassinated in Paris, France 1988, and the mystery of her death is still unsolved. Dulcie September was an extraordinary person whose life was dedicated to the fight for political freedom for all South Africans and whose death is the subject of many theories, speculation and no conclusive answer.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I am constantly working in Television, but my passion for theatre, telling intimate stories about extraordinary women leads me to Bessie Head. Writer. Mother.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
Many. Many. Many. A film on the life of Dulcie September. Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk

How did you get into theatre?
My first love is theatre. I found The Space Theatre (Cape Town 1972-1979) to be the place which told the stories I was interested in. I loved the energy, the passion. I was hooked.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Madiba. I’d serve him lots of love and gratitude & Che Guevara, I’d serve him questions about life as revolutionary and what he would change about his choices.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
My home which is my sanctuary. Where I can relax, be myself and also create.

What excites you about theatre?
The silence before the show starts. Audience and performers are transported to a different world. A different time and place. I love the unexpected.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Mistakes are opportunities to learn, to start over. I have had many. Too many to mention.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Ntombi Makhutshi, Christia Visser, Danny Ross.