The vlei is still today. A lone bird swoops overhead. She is pacing, waiting, hoping for her love to return. Verloren is a reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Alcyone and Ceyx, that follows the story of a young couple living on the Verlorenvlei, where the river meets the sea.

The piece was made for the first season of Scenes on Screens, a digital theatre space showcasing short pieces by SA’s theatre-makers during lockdown.

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 15mins
  • Ages: All ages
  • Release Date: July 25, 2021 19:30 - August 31, 2021 23:59



Written and co-directed by Andi Colombo.
Co-directed and animated by Sophie Joans.
Voiced by Daniel Richards and Emma Kotze.
Animated by Maggie Gericke.


Sophie Joans is a producer and theatre-maker. She’s studied at RADA, UCT CTDPS and is completing her degree in Theatre and Performance at Wits. She has run various storytelling spaces including Play Things (Alexander Bar), Raunchy Renditions and Scenes on Screens.

Andi Colombo completed her degree in Theatre-Making at UCT. Her piece PAN. was in the New Voices Festival (2017); the Zabalaza festival (2018), where it won Best Script and Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for Best Direction, Best Actress and Best Production; and the 2020 Woordfees Fringe. In 2018 she wrote and performed in Like Hamlet, wrote, directed, and did set, costume and lighting design for AMES and co-created forgot/only with Naledi Majola.

Daniel Mpilo Richards is a creative director, business owner, versatile and award-winning triple-threat actor, voice-artist, writer and musician. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Theatre and Performance, and with a Masters in Film and Television Producing from Met Film School (2019) in London after having received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.

Emma Kotze made her professional theatre debut in the premier of Wynne Bredenkamp’s Salt at the 2014 National Arts Festival, which she revised in 2015 and 2016. Her performance credits include: The Incredible Journey, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, Reparation, Fotostaatmasjien and At The Edge of The Light, and many more.

Maggie Gericke graduated from UCT Performance Programme. She’s co-starred in Dirty Words, Anthology and The Flower Hunters, which she also co-wrote. She was nominated for a Fleur du Cap award for best-supporting actress for her role in Equus. She has taken part in independent plays, short films and television adverts.