Your Perfect Life

Ever noticed how a woman is now expected to have a fulfilling career at the same time as raising a family? Really, she should have it all and be happy that she is now not only able to but expected to achieve everything. Add to this the stress of a 20-year high school reunion and you have two women stuck wondering whether or not their lives are a success.

Your Perfect Life, recipient of a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2019, is a loosely autobiographical story, inspired by the lives of the writers and performers: Erika Marais and Faeron Wheeler. It’s an honest look at how life can take unexpected turns and how women especially are judged by society and our peers for the choices we make based on those curveballs.

Audiences at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) called the piece “thought provoking” and “wonderfully funny”.

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 55mins
  • Ages: 13
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English and a bit of Afrikaans

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Writers and performers: Erika Marias and Faeron Wheeler
Director: Sue Diepeveen

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Faeron Wheeler – Producer, writer, performer
Faeron has been involved in theatre and the stage since she was only three years old. She studied drama and dancing throughout her school years. She then went on to do a BA with a double major in Screenwriting and English before earning her Honours in Film Production from the University of Cape Town.
In 2017, she began producing theatre through her new company, F Creations, and has toured shows around South Africa. Branching out from just theatre, Faeron entered an F Creations team into the Cape Town 48 Film Project in 2019, and their film received a nomination for Best Editing. 2019 also saw Faeron take on the role of theatre critic, writing for Broadway World South Africa and Fine Music Radio.
Recent acting credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Comedy of Errors and a role in season two of the TV series American Monster. Faeron also works as a voice over artist, regularly lending her voice to educational and training material. In 2019, Faeron teamed up with Erika Marais to write and perform in Your Perfect Life. The show premiered at the National Arts Festival Fringe, where it received a Standard Bank Ovation Award, before touring around Cape Town later that year.
In 2021, F Creations took part in the World Monologue Film Festival. Faeron teamed up with cinematographer Stephan Hambsch to create a one-minute film called Creep. This film was chosen as a finalist in the festival.

Erika Marais – Writer, performer
Erika studied drama at the University of Pretoria and originally focused on educational theatre and puppeteering, with a special focus on disadvantaged communities. She has also spent several years teaching drama at Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation in Hout Bay and then at schools in Hong Kong, where Erika lived for two years. Her theatre credits include The Wisdom of Eve, Inspector Drake and The Black Widow, The House Guest, Sunshine Boys, and The Barretts of Wimpole Street.
In 2017, Erika performed her first one-woman show, Jam Every Other Day, which she was also responsible for writing, along with Celia Musikanth. Under F Creations, the show toured to the National Arts Festival and Hermanus FynArts in 2018. Erika followed up the success of her first show by co-writing and performing a second production, Your Perfect life, with Faeron Wheeler. The team, along with director Sue Diepeveen, received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2019 National Arts Festival.
Not to be put off from creating during lockdown, Erika worked to bring the story of The Unlikely Secret Agent to the stage in 2021. The adaptation to stage was done by Paul du Toit, based on the book of the same name by Ronnie Kasrils. The production premiered at The Drama Factory in Cape Town this June, with more performances planned for the rest of 2021 and beyond.

Sue Diepeveen – Director
Sue is a Cape Town based film, television and theatre actress. Her recent camera work includes Honey 3, Killer Instinct, DPO Training, American Monster, Cultured & The Deprived. Sue is an accomplished voice actor who relishes the challenge of accent-based work.
Her self-written solo show So You Want To Be A Trophy Wife? (2015) saw her return to the stage. Sue performed in 2019’s Vday performance of The Vagina Monologues. 2018 saw her on stage with Dario Fos’ A Woman Alone directed by Margot Wood. In 2019, she performed in Mike Van Graan’s Two To Tango, which had successful runs at the National Arts Festival and The Hilton Arts Festival.
As the owner of a new theatre space in Somerset West (The Drama Factory), Sue is heavily involved in mentoring programmes for young actors and is committed to ensuring a safe and affordable space for new work to see the light of day. She runs a drama school specialising in LAMDA examination work and spends a great deal of time adjudicating various Eisteddfods and competitions.
Recently Sue directed Your Perfect Life (2019) for F Creations, which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at The National Arts Festival. In addition to directing Thirst for the Cape Town Fringe (2016) under the Sugar-Daddy Production house, she has directed the acclaimed Blueberry Toast (2018), which has completed two successful Cape Town runs. As a writer she has written five plays for large casts for children.