Kamphoer – die verhaal van Susan Nell

The darling of South African stage, television and film, Sandra Prinsloo, returns in her latest hit production, ‘Kamphoer – die verhaal van Susan Nell’, directed by the internationally acclaimed Lara Foot (Tshepang, Karoo Moose) and produced by Theatrerocket (Die reuk van appels).

The award-winning drama is based on the best-selling and debut novel, Kamphoer, by Francois Smit and the non-fiction publication, The Boer Whore, by Nico Moolman.

Based on a true story, Prinsloo appears in the challenging role of Susan Nell, who faced an unspeakable ordeal during the Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902). Susan and her mother end up in the Winburg concentration camp where she is brutally raped and left for dead by two British officers and a joiner.

She survives the ordeal, escapes the camp and is hidden in a cave by a Sotho couple, who nurse her back to health. She later qualifies as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands and then travels to England during the First World War to serve at a military hospital for shell-shocked soldiers. Her path crosses with one of her rapists, now a patient, and Susan is once again confronted with the pain and humiliation of her past.

  • Ticket Price: R75.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Ages: 14
  • Language: Afrikaans


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July 9, 2021

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Actress: Sandra Prinsloo
Director: Lara Foot
Based on, the on the best-selling and debut novel Kamphoer by Francois Smit and the non-fiction publication The Boer Whore by Nico Moolman
Set and lighting design:, Patrick Curtis
Sound design, soundscape and composition: Simon Kohler
Costume design: Mariechen Vosloo and Birrie le Roux
Adapted for stage: Cecilia du Toit in collaboration with Sandra Prinsloo and Lara Foot
Stage manager: Jeanne Steenkamp
Produced by: Theatrerocket
Made possible by: KunsStig


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Sandra Prinsloo

One of South Africa’s best-known actresses and personalities.

In July 2019 the production Kamphoer – die verhaal van Susan Nell, directed by Lara Foot, opened to great acclaim in Bloemfontein.
This production, for which Prinsloo received the 2020 kykNET Fiësta award: best performance in a solo production, is touring the country.
Sandra has just finished filming the second season of Openbarings which she presents for VIA TV.

After matriculating at Afrikaans Meisies Hoërskool in 1964, Sandra completed her BA Drama in 1967, as well as her Honors degree in 1968, both at the University of Pretoria in 1967.
She joined PACT’s Afrikaans acting company during this same year, and remained there until the Market Theatre opened in Johannesburg seven years later. After performing in this theatre’s two opening productions, she started her freelance career.

After seeing Sandra perform in “Koffer in die kas” at the Civic Theatre, Barry Ronge from the Sunday Times wrote: In Japan, when the power and value of artists to the cultural life of the country are deemed to be at their height, they are declared ‘national treasures’ – an honour for which Sandra Prinsloo is long overdue.

Her stage and film career spans a period of 45 years. During this time she has performed leading female roles in the plays of renowned international dramatists and of local South African playwrights, totalling over 100 different productions to date.

She has also established a reputation as an outstanding actress in many countries overseas, including England, France, Germany and the United States. De Kat magazine named Sandra as one of the 100 most influential people in South Africa.

Besides Sandra Prinsloo’s popularity as and actress and artist, she is certainly one of the most controversial personalities in the local world of entertainment. Her involvement with and concern for the racial situation in South Africa is well known beyond the borders of this country. Her appearance in the title role of Miss Julie opposite black actor, John Kani in 1985 met with bomb threats and violent assaults. She was the first South African white actress to appear on stage in love scenes with a black actor. As a result of this, she was ostracised by many of her countrymen.

Her leading roles in theatre include:
The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Winter’s Tale, Hedda Gabler, Siener in die Suburbs, Christine, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Absurd Person Singular, Night and Day, Anastasia, The Seagull, Miss Julie, People are Living There and Amy’s View.

Recent theatre roles

My Seuns – Theatre
Moedertaal – Theatre
The Road to Mecca – Theatre, with Marius Weyers
Soebatsfontein – Theatre
So ry Miss Daisy – Theatre, with John Kani
Die dag is bros – Theatre
Hond se gedagte – Theatre
Oskar en die pienk tannie – Theatre
Naaimasjien – Theatre
Amy’s View – Theatre
Magspel – Theatre
Mannetjies Mentz – Theatre
Collected Stories – Theatre
Kwaggapolitiek – Theatre
Wemeltong – Theatre
Siener in die Suburbs – Theatre
Mario Lanza – Theatre
Bedevaart vir drie Aktrises – Theatre
Kaburu – Theatre
Doubt – Theatre
Last mango in Paris – Theatre
Naaimasjien – Theatre
Vergenoeg – Music Theatre
Afri-Spaans – Music Theatre
Nag Ma/’Night Mother – Theatre
Janneman – Theatre
Die Leos – Theatre
Liefde, Anna – Theatre
Wie is bang vir Virginia Wolf? – Theatre
Die Seemeeu – Theatre
Vir ewig en altyd – Theatre

Die Seemeeu – Christiaan Olwagen
Twee grade van Moord – Gerrit Schoonhoven
‘n Paw-paw vir my darling – Koos Roets
‘n Man soos my pa – Sean Else
The God’s must be Crazy – Jamie Uys
Die Bankrower – Manie van Rensburg
Tigers don’t Cry – Female lead opposite Anthony Quinn
Quest for Love – Helena Nogueirra
Fugard’s People – Helena Nogueirra
The Good Fascist – Helena Nogueirra
Die Prins van Pretoria – Franz Marx
Soweto Green – David Lister

The Human Voice – Cocteau
Hedda Gabler – Ibsen
The Seagull – Chekov
Three Sisters – Chekov
Miss Julie – Strindberg
Vuurtoring (Lighthouse) – Manie van Rensburg(dir.)
Die Seepsteen bataljon – Fred Nel (dir.)
(Soapstone Battalion)
Anna – Manie van Rensburg(dir.)
The Manheim Saga – Koos Roets (dir.)
The Mantiss Project – Manie van Rensburg (dir.)
Konings/Kings – David Lister (dir.)
Egoli(M-Net) – Franz Marx (dir.)
The Mountain – Cedric Sundstrom (dir.)
Claws of the Cat – Alan Nathanson (dir.)
Fugard’s People – Helena Nogueira (dir.)
Procedure X – Fred Nel (dir.)
Slam Pamper Sirkus – Fred Nel (dir.)
Six Feet of the Country – Nadine Gordimer
Known Gods – David Lister (dir.)
Erfsondes II, III, IV, V – Bobby Heany (dir.)
Hartland – Deon Opperman (dir.)

(list incomplete)

Sandra was been honoured by kykNET Fiëstas 2019 for her Lifetime contribution to theatre.

In 2018, Sandra received her fifth lifetime achievement award, when the University of Stellenbosch awarded her an Honorary Doctorate degree.

Other recent awards:
Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs Special Award 2015: Outstanding Achievement of Women in the Arts and Culture.

The Presidency’s Order of Ikhamanga: for excellent contribution in the field of performing arts and for using creative arts to take a stand against racism. 2014

In 2013, the production Oskar en die pienk tannie received eight awards, including three Fiëstas for Best Actress, Best director and Best Production.

Chancellors Medal 2011 – University of Pretoria.
Kanna-award, KKNK 2010, – Naaimasjien
Fleur du Cap – Naaimasjien and Die Seemeeu

Computicket Awards for the Best Actress on the South African Stage in the following roles:
Siener in die Suburbs – P.G du Plessis
Fluit vir die Vlieë – Thijs Nel
Euridyce – Anouillh
Maria Stuart – Schiller
Charlotte Corday in Marat –Sade – Peter Weiss
Christine – Bartho Smit

M-Net and Vita Awards:
Fluit vir die vlieë – Thijs Nel
The Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare
Christine – Bartho Smit
Kombuis Blues (Best Production Natal) – Jeanne Goosen
Koffer in die kas (Best actress Free State) – Jeanne Goosen
People are Living There – Atholl Fugard
Hedda Gabler – Ibsen

Television award for best performance in:
The Human Voice – Jean Cocteau

Business Award:
Sonqoba Simunye (We shall conquer together) winner of the IPM 1995 award – silver, for best training video.

Miss Prinsloo has received an award from the Blue Fountain Club of Soweto for her contribution to the Black film industry in Southern Africa.

Twice the West Rand bestowed a further honour on her for the most popular actress in South Africa.
She received the prestigious award from the Academy for Art and Science for her lifelong contribution to theatre in South Africa.

The University of Pretoria bestowed the Alumni Award on Ms Prinsloo.

Ms Prinsloo turned her attention to directing in 1990.
Dancing with John – Cabaret
Kombuis Blues – Drama
Kopstukke – Drama
Nagmerries – Cabaret
U-Landlady – Drama
All the Rage – Drama
Pure as the Driven Slush – Cabaret
If we only had Arsenic – Comedy
Head-on – Cabaret
Bulldozer – Drama
Frieda Kahlo’s Eyes – Drama
Boom – Comedy
Om ‘n eier te lê – Cabaret
Die volmaakte man – Cabaret
Susters van Eva – Musical
Voorvaders kan vlieg – Musical
View op die highway – Cabaret
Haar hare – Musical Comedy
Nagkantoor – Music Theatre
Groet die Grotman – Comedy
Geraldina II – Television
Sophia Mentz beredder haar boedel – Comedy
Afri-Spaans – Music Theatre
Teerling – Drama

TV Presenting
– In 1992 Sandra started travelling to film festivals doing interviews for television with international celebrities including Tom Selleck, John Malkovich, Brian de Palma, Ridley Scott, Helena Bonham Carter and Liv Ullman.
– Sandra has her own TV chat show on kykNET, Sandra op ‘n drafstap, interviewing prominent South Africans.
– She also anchored a crime series Justice in the line of fire.
– Raakpraat met Sandra is a chat show which Sandra hosted for SABC2.
– Sewe sakke sout, for kykNET.