Erika Marais – Writer, performer
Erika studied drama at the University of Pretoria and originally focused on educational theatre and puppeteering, with a special focus on disadvantaged communities. She has also spent several years teaching drama at Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation in Hout Bay and then at schools in Hong Kong, where Erika lived for two years. Her theatre credits include The Wisdom of Eve, Inspector Drake and The Black Widow, The House Guest, Sunshine Boys, and The Barretts of Wimpole Street.
In 2017, Erika performed her first one-woman show, Jam Every Other Day, which she was also responsible for writing, along with Celia Musikanth. Under F Creations, the show toured to the National Arts Festival and Hermanus FynArts in 2018. Erika followed up the success of her first show by co-writing and performing a second production, Your Perfect life, with Faeron Wheeler. The team, along with director Sue Diepeveen, received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2019 National Arts Festival.
Not to be put off from creating during lockdown, Erika worked to bring the story of The Unlikely Secret Agent to the stage in 2021. The adaptation to stage was done by Paul du Toit, based on the book of the same name by Ronnie Kasrils. The production premiered at The Drama Factory in Cape Town this June, with more performances planned for the rest of 2021 and beyond.
Celia Musikanth – Director
Celia has had theatre in her blood forever. She is a multi-award-winning actress and director. Over the years, she has worked with big casts, medium-sized casts and, her favourite, one-person shows. Her speciality is bringing the page to stage – rehearsals tend to have a lot of concentration on the playwright’s intentions and looking for the pauses, the emphasis and the rhythm.
Together with actress and writer Erika Marais, Celia brought Jam Every Other Day to life, along with permission and assistance from the author, Emmaleen Kriel. This was a big project that took a few years to realise.
Celia also works with colleague and friend Coleen van Staden at Circle Productions. The pair started this company in Cape Town to introduce adults and children to the world of theatre, and to collaborate on a variety of projects. Under the banner of Circle Productions, they have created unique icebreakers for corporate events, and staged Under Milkwood, Karoo Stories, Love Sex Fleas God, Rabbit Hole, and The God of Carnage to name but a few.
Faeron Wheeler – Producer
Faeron has been involved in theatre and the stage since she was only three years old. She studied drama and dancing throughout her school years. She then went on to do a BA with a double major in Screenwriting and English before earning her Honours in Film Production from the University of Cape Town.
In 2017, she began producing theatre through her new company, F Creations, and has toured shows around South Africa. Branching out from just theatre, Faeron entered an F Creations team into the Cape Town 48 Film Project in 2019, and their film received a nomination for Best Editing. 2019 also saw Faeron take on the role of theatre critic, writing for Broadway World South Africa and Fine Music Radio.
Recent acting credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Comedy of Errors and a role in season two of the TV series American Monster. Faeron also works as a voice over artist, regularly lending her voice to educational and training material. In 2019, Faeron teamed up with Erika Marais to write and perform in Your Perfect Life. The show premiered at the National Arts Festival Fringe, where it received a Standard Bank Ovation Award, before touring around Cape Town later that year.
In 2021, F Creations took part in the World Monologue Film Festival. Faeron teamed up with cinematographer Stephan Hambsch to create a one-minute film called Creep. This film was chosen as a finalist in the festival.