The Cat & The Monkey

Comedy / Gymnasium

Jessica and Martin shouldn’t be together. They never even should have met. But they did, they are together, they’ve discovered the darkest parts of each other’s personalities and they’ve learned how to exploit it. When the play starts, Jess and Martin sit on opposite sides of the stage – in their own spotlights – and they tell their versions of events. At first it seems that we are experiencing a classic lovers’ quarrel, but it soon becomes evident that something much darker is at play. They’ve clearly crossed the line this time. Questions the audience must try and answer are: who gets the winning lottery ticket? Who cheated on who? Was how they met an honest and unplanned encounter? And how on earth did they survive lockdown when their house became a jail? The Cat & The Monkey is a brand-new dark comedy that explores toxic and co-dependent relationships. Jess and Martin don’t just drive each other insane, but they go as far as breaking the law to try and one-up one another. Come and enjoy a dark comedy with enough spotlights to reveal all.


Writers: Danielle Retief and Rowlen von Gericke
Director: Karin Retief
Producers: Danielle Retief and Rowlen von Gericke
Actors: Danielle Retief and Rowlen von Gericke
Technical: Pierre Thomas Retief


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Reckless Haven Productions is a Joburg-based theatre and film production company headed by Danielle Retief (actress, producer, dancer) who is known for High Rollers (SABC3), Binnelanders, Geraamtes in die Kas, MTV’s Shuga, 7de Laan and a great variety of films and theatre productions, including Hamlet, Vertel Nog, Chekhov’s On the Road, Swan Lake (ballet) and Giselle (ballet). Her producing career started in 2016 when she started working for a French/South African production company and she used her language and persuasion skills to secure commercials with top brands like Vodacom, Castle and MTN. Since then she has worked as a junior producer for kykNET, as well as the ARD Broadcasting Service in Germany.

Reckless Haven brings together a highly-skilled group of theatre practitioners, actors, filmmakers and writers who are collaborative and passionate about all types of audiences. Our theatre team members include, but are not limited to, Rowlen von Gericke (Swartwater, Noise, Madonna of Excelsior, The Adventures of Robin Hood), Karin Retief (7de Laan, Villa Rosa, Getroud met Rugby, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling), and of course our lighting and sound designer, Pierre Thomas (Vertel Nog, My Seuns, Baba met die Badwater, Vrou uit die See).

  • Venue: Gymnasium
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Victoria Girls High School, Beaufort St, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R90.00
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Duration: 75min
  • Ages: PG 13
  • Language: English
June 29, 2022   10:00 - 11:15
June 30, 2022   12:00 - 13:15
July 01, 2022   20:00 - 21:15
July 02, 2022   14:00 - 15:15
July 02, 2022   19:30 - 20:45