Mother’s Grimm

Jade Bowers Design & Management in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture

Familiar tales with an unfamiliar spin. It’s 2020 and even the Grimm Brothers have to get with the times. Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Snow White all come together in this coming-of-age story. 11-year-old Goldi has just been told she is going to be a big sibling and cannot stand the new status quo. Everything is about to change. Through her mother’s stories, and her wild imagination Goldi tells her tale and gives us a window into her family life. This series weaves well-known fairy tales with pop-culture and social media to create a modern-day family sitcom through the eyes of Goldi. In this 6-episode theatrical series you get to know the Behr family through snippets of their online life.







  • Genre: Children's Choice
  • Format: Video
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All ages, Especially 8 - 12 years
  • Available From: July 2, 2020


Director: Jade Bowers
Writer: Ameera Patel
Musician / Composer:Yogin Sullaphen
Videography & Edit: Jessica Denyshen
Stage Manager/ Designer: Amy-Sue Lithgrow

Carla Classen
Cheraè Halley
Tshego Khutsoane


Ameera Patel is in the storytelling business and received recognition for this, being named one of the Mail & Gaurdian‘s Top 200 young South Africans in 2016. She is a Naledi award-winning actor as well as a writer, theatre-maker and actor residing in Johannesburg. She read for a BA in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town in 2005 and in 2013 she received a distinction for her Masters in Creative Writing from Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand. As a writer Patel earned her stripes with Whistle Stop. It received a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award (2014) and a PANSA New Writer’s Award (2014). In 2018, Patel was commissioned to adapt Mary Watson’s short-story Jungfrau into a play. Patel’s debut novel Outside the Lines, was published by Modjaji Books in 2015. It was long-listed for a Barry Ronge Fiction Award (2017) and has since been published in Germany by Peter Hammer Verlag and will be released this year in North America by Catalyst Press. Ameera is currently working as a scriptwriter residing in Johannesburg.

Yogin Sullaphen is a musician in South Africa. He has experience in teaching, performance, composition and production of music. Yogin studied music at the University of Witwatersrand which established his versatility within the field. He composes for theatre and performance art, and is part of bands and other music projects in and around the city of Johannesburg, as well as abroad. Recently Yogin was nominated for a Naledi theatre award in the category ‘best original score’ for Jungfrau directed by Jade Bowers. Currently he is experimenting with live looping within the context of theatre and performance art as well as in a musical duo with Annalyzer. He is a multi-instrumentalist with emphasis on the guitar though he feels his strength lies in his understanding of harmony, texture and diversity in musical style. Yogin Sullaphen is active on YouTube, Instagram and Soundcloud.

Carla Classen is an actor, voice practitioner and lecturer working in both film and theatre. She is most notably known for her role in the Afrikaans films Stroomop and Brett Michael Innes’s Fiela se Kind. In 2018 she played the lead in Standard Bank Young Artist Winner for Theatre, Jade Bower’s Jungfrau which had its world premiere at the Theaterformen Theatre Festival in Braunschweig, Germany. Carla is a qualified Lessac Kineasensic Voice and Body Practitioner also having completed her teacher training in the vocal pedagogy in Greencastle, Indiana through the Lessac Institute. She can shortly be seen in two upcoming South African films scheduled to be released in 2020.

Cheraé Halley is an actress, theatre-maker, lecturer and applied theatre facilitator. Cheraé completed both honours and masters in Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Having studied Applied Theatre, Performance Studies and South African Sign Language studies, Cheraé creates theatre with/for both Deaf and hearing people with particular interest in HIV/AIDS, gender and human rights, using drama as process to educate and dialogue on these topics. Cheraé’s acting and performing credits come from performing in The Merry Wives of Zuma in (2012 written and directed by Pieter-Dirk Uys), What the Water Gave Me (2014-2015 directed by Jade Bowers), Scorched (2016 directed by Jade Bowers) and Dear Mr Government Please May I Have A Meeting With You Even Though I Am Six Years Old? (2017 and 2018 directed by Jessica Lejowa). Currently, Cheraé is a member of the Drama for Life Playback Theatre company, and in 2014 completed leadership training in Playback Theatre with founders Jonathan Fox and Jo Salaas, making her an eligible trainer of Playback Theatre in South Africa. Cheraé is the course coordinator and lecturer for the Playback Theatre short courses accredited by Wits University, presented by Drama for Life. Cheraé coordinates and lectures the Master of Arts in Applied Drama courses: Drama in Education and Theatre as Activism, Education and Therapy at Wits University under the Division of Drama for Life.

Tshego Khutsoane is a warm and passionate creative practitioner and consultant drawn to work of ARTivist/ARTivism orientation and sensibility; exploring complex human and social issues. She is a recent MBA graduate (September 2019) and studied acting (stage and screen), directing, contemporary performance and Applied Drama and Theatre Studies through Rhodes University (BAH) and The University of the Witwatersrand (MA). As a facilitator, Tshego has over 12 years experience holding process with target groups and communities.
She is director-team member of Drama for Life’s flagship, Wits University accredited, Mvuso Schools and Community Education Project and Development Manager with The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and tutor of performance studies with the Market Theatre Laboratory.

Jade Bowers is a Capetonian living in Jo’burg, and was named one of Mail & Guardian‘s 200 Young South Africans and was the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. She currently works for UJ Arts & Culture and runs her own production company: Jade Bowers Design & Management. Jade graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Sociology, and from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours degree focusing on directing and design for the stage. She has been recognised by The Presidency as one of South Africa’s Young Achievers; was named one of AfriPOP’s Top Five Female Theatre Makers in South Africa, and the 2014 Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT Award winner for Theatre. She has received the Naledi Award for Best Director, a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her production of Neil Coppen’s Tin Bucket Drum and a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award for Rehane Abrahams’ What The Water Gave Me. Jade has worked as a production manager, stage manager, festival director (for WALE 4.0), theatrical rights administrator, director and designer.