Sasolburg Common "Birds" of South Africa


Cobalize and Jacomine have dreams that are bigger than what their home town can offer. Life is nowhere near as glamorous as English movies have led them to believe, and every guy they know has a name that is also a surname. But they're not going to let a lack of talent, skill or common sense stop them from achieving their goals. The van der Vlok sisters dare to share their ethically questionable shenanigans and opinions with everyone, whether you like it or not. With an unwavering confidence, these very common birds provide a how-not-to guide for anyone wanting to succeed at life.

"...mad, unexpected, original, edgy and totally, utterly hilarious. This could become a cult thing. It could go viral. Best you get to see it now!" - WEEKEND SPECIAL (Megan Furniss) "There’s a lot going on beneath the everyday situational comedy, one-liners, mixed metaphors and malapropisms. There’s the appropriation of a repressive system – in this case in the form of sexism – by those who are the system’s targets; our ‘birds’ Jacomine (Daneel) and Cobalize (Candice) for a start. The script touches on dysfunctional schooling systems, alcoholism, bullying, hedonism and, most encompassingly, the desperation that comes from living in an environment of constrained possibilities and limited freedoms. Sasolburg Common ‘Birds’ of South Africa debuted at the Alexander Upstairs theatre. The run is over but it’s sure to elicit belly laughs again soon." - THE CRITTER (Steve Kretzmann) Photo Credits: Canned Rice Productions Creative Team: Directed by Richard Wright-Firth Written by Candice van Litsenborgh Performed by Daneel van der Walt and Candice van Litsenborgh Presented by Canned Rice Productions Bios: Daneel van der Walt, who was born in Sasolburg, has been seen on stage in BIG GIRL, LONG STREET NIGHTS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Fleur du Cap - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical winner), MISSING and DANI AND THE LION (Fleur Du Cap nominee). This year, she made her Maynardville debut as Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. RSG listeners will have heard her voicing several animals in the radio drama, RSG SE STORIEDIERETUIN. She plays the role of Natasha in SUIDOOSTER on Kyknet. Candice van Litsenborgh grew up in Port Elizabeth and made her Cape Town theatre debut at Maynardville in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, before going on to perform internationally in hit musicals such as PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Fleur Du Cap Nominee, Broadway World SA Award Winner), ANNIE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Broadway World SA Award winner, Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Nominee), SWEENEY TODD (Fleur du Cap nominee), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (SA, Greece and South Korea), and SHOWBOAT (Sweden). For Canned Rice, she adapted the June Carter Cash book FROM THE HEART for the stage. She also wrote, co-produced and starred in UNDERSTUDY BLUES, VACANCY and COURT. Director, Richard Wright-Firth split his childhood between England and Botswana before moving to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where he later became a lecturer and director. He is a Carleton Hobbes Award winner and former member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. In the UK he has appeared in dozens of productions including HAMLET, MACBETH, THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY and UNDER MILK WOOD. In South Africa he has directed UNDERSTUDY BLUES, SALUTE THE TROOPS, THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID, FROM THE HEART and COURT and works as a voice over artist and dialect coach. He appeared as Muldoon in 3 seasons of the Starz Network series, BLACK SAILS.

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