Woolworths

Juliet Jenkin

Middle-class white South African suburbia just got funny. Very funny. Critically acclaimed playwright Juliet Jenkin (The Boy Who Fell from the Roof) presents Woolworths, an epic satirical radio play on middle-class South Africa. Previously staged at the National Arts Festival and other theatres to resounding applause and a fair amount of wincing, this digital version tells you everything you didn’t know you knew about the bourgeoise. Charging through trellidors, security estates, rhino charities, gold mines, shopping malls, rugby stadiums, game farms and bank queues, this epic choral work is a force of culture. Lee-Anne wants to go shopping, Jason wants to be American, and Emily just wants to get married! But why can’t Karen sleep at night? And what is that noise outside? There’s something out there. There’s a shadow in the garden, a shape at the bottom of the swimming pool, a breathing at the top of the stairs, and a face, a face, a face in the mirror. Middle-class white angst, from the comfort of your own home. Just what your psychotherapist would not have ordered.

 

For an optimum listening experience, headphones should be used.

  • Genre: AUDIO DRAMA
  • Format: Audio Drama
  • Duration: 50mins
  • Language: English
  • Ages: 14+
  • Available From: June 29, 2020

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Writer and Director: Juliet Jenkin
Performers: Alice De Beer, Wynand Ferreira, Alicia McCormick, Kaylee McIlroy, Francesco Nassimbeni, Tazmé Pillay and Johann Vermaak.
Sound Production: Pete O’ Donoghue

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Juliet Jenkin‘s plays include the award-winning Afro-Gothic fantasy More South African Deep Freezing, the biopic, Mary and the Conqueror, the dark fable Big Girl and the celebrated high-school coming-out dramedy, The Boy Who Fell From The Roof. Juliet is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UCT.

Alice De Beer is an up-and-coming performer and theatre-maker, and a recent Theatre and Performance graduate from UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. Her graduating show Sidewalks was an all-singing, all-dancing, post-modern Queer Cabaret on love, loss and being fabulous.

Wynand Ferreira was born and raised in Oudtshoorn. During his Theatre and Performance studies at UCT, he performed in plays directed and written by Geoffrey Hyland, Amy Jephta, and Phillip Rademeyer. He also starred in a few local short films for various Cape Town based film festivals, and has had some cameo roles in the series Black Sails and Warrior. Since graduating, Wynand has performed in The Third Force, directed by Rafiek Mammon and had his film debut playing the role of Snyman in Oliver Hermanus’ 2020 film, Moffie.

Alicia McCormick is the straight-laced alter ego of Burlesque sensation Cookie von Tastee. A diverse performer, Alicia has been seen in Tara Notcutt’s all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew playing, the comedy MATE directed by Sam Gray, as well as the bootscootin’ cowboy cabaret Angels on Horseback: Reloaded, directed by Fiona du Plooy. Other credits include the cult hit and Standard Bank Ovation Award winning sketch comedy Dirty Words directed by Jason Potgieter, The Things You Left Behind directed by Kim Kerfoot, which won a Silver Standard Bank Ovation award at the NAF in 2014, as well as the comedies An Absolute Turkey, directed by Chris Weare, Hitched directed by Paul Tosio, and of course, more children’s theatre than you can shake a stick at.

Kaylee McIlroy is an up-and-coming actor, and a recent Theatre and Performance graduate from UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. Her recent performances include The Fool in Lear’s Daughters directed by Clare Stopford and Phaedra in Phaedra’s Love directed by Roxanne De Freitas.

Francesco Nassimbeni is a theatre-director, writer, actor and designer. Among other works, including Everything is Boring, Poetry for Dragons, and the sleeper hit, Clan, Francesco is the director of YOU SUCK: And Other Inescapable Truths featuring comedy star Klara Van Wyk (Mail and Guardian 10 People to Watch in 2018.) A Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner and Fleur du Cap nominee, the show has its Afrikaans debut at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees in April 2018. Francesco completed a Masters in Theatre-Making at the University of Cape Town in 2017, and is a lecturer in AFDA’s Acting Department.

Tazmé Pillay is a Durban-born actor and performance artist. As an artist, Tazmé hopes to redefine the emphasis on patriarchal masculinity in the theatre, and eradicate the ideal of the heteronormative actor. Advocating that the yardstick for roles be shifted, he promotes the visibility of queer masculinities on stage. Naturally resenting convention, he is constantly motivated to push the boundaries of his craft. He has appeared in Steven Berkoff’s Agamemnon and Michel Bouchard’s Lilies, both directed by Geoff Hyland playing the Queen Clytemnestra and Michel Marc Bouchard’s Lilies. Tazmé appeared in the Standard Bank Ovation Award winning Out of Bounds which garnered him a Best Actor nomination in the 2016 BroadwayWorld.com Awards, and he was most recently seen in Kei-Ella Loewe’s high-flying comedy Winging It!

Johann Vermaak is an actor, director and puppeteer. He has appeared in numerous theatre productions, highlights include the theatrical debut of Cry, the Beloved Country; Bacchus in die Boland and the 2011 production of Taming of the Shrew at Maynardville. He was a puppeteer and director for the International Emmy nominated Puppet Nation ZA News, and has received three SAFTA nominations for this production. These include (along with his fellow puppeteers) a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy (along with his fellow puppeteers) and two nominations for Best Achievement in Directing. In 2017 and 2018 he won the SAFTA for Best Achievement in Directing for a TV Comedy. He recently starred in the multi-award winning short film It’s Complicated directed by Grant de Sousa, and the Gerhard Pretorius’ comedy-short Swaaibraai for the KykNet Silwerskermfees.