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Die Naaimasjien at Emperors Palace

07 January 2010

Die Naaimasjien made its debut at Cape Town's Southeaster Festival whereafter it played to packed houses and standing ovations at both the Word festival in Stellenbosch and the Absa KKNK.

The production won two Kanna awards at the latter: the Herrie-Kanna for the most popular production at the festival and another Kanna for Best Female Artists for Sandra Prinsloo's astounding performance.  Local audiences can enjoy this tour de force on 26 and 27 February 2010 at Emperors Palace's new theatre: 64 at the Palace.  Bookings have just opened at Computicker - phone them on (011) 340-8000 or visit  Groups of 10 ore more people qualify for a discount by phoning Christa Coetzee on (011) 815-3000 or 073 300-5525.  Please visit for more information.

In her room at the old age home Magdaleen is making sure that Miss Muffet, as she calls her beloved Bernina, is extra clean and that all the extra thread, needles, and spindles are neatly packed for the woman who is coming to collect the machine.  And between cleaning and packing she takes us on a journey of compassion, humour and wisdom to a time of milk deliveries in glass bottles, brewed coffee, socks with seams and a childhood on the farm.  Interwoven with these memories are the stories of her family: her husband, Tielman, and her four children, including the apple of her eye, Wim.  We are again reminded that every person's life, however ordinary and simple it may be, is an epic poem with universal themes of luck, loss and reconciliation.

After extensive auditions for the role of Magdaleen, there was only one choice: Sandra Prinsloo.  With her extensive experience and talent she got under the skin of the character.  Sandra is one of South Africa's best-know and diverse actresses; portraying some of the most coveted rolls from the works of Shakespeare to those of Athol Fugard and Deon Opperman.  Sandra's last solo performance on stage was in Jeanne Goosen's Koffer in die Kas, still regarded as a highlight in Afrikaans theatre.  She is also an acclaimed director, having directed both Groet die Grotman and Fiela se Kind for Lefra Productions.

Director Hennie van Greunen has been responsible for some of the most popular / acclaimed Afrikaans productions over the past decade.  Productions that had people talking includes amongst others Lyf, Die Tafel, Die Vrou Wat Haar Man Gekook Het, Die Hangkas Haas, Festen and the much-acclaimed Shirley Valentyn.

With this Nagtegaal Script Prize-winner - Rachelle Greeff's very first theatre text - Sandra celebrates her first solo appearance on stage in 15 years.  With her incredible interpretation, Rachelle's excellent text and Hennie's sensitive direction, is this production a must-see theatrical experience.

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"Nie alle teks-pryswenners is ewe blink nie, maar die Nagtegaalwenner, Die Naaimasjien, skitter soos 'n splinternuwe Bernina.  Dis 'n teaterbelewenis wat jou helder oordag tot in die weefsel ruk en jou bewend en verslae uitspoeg om die res van die dag te trotseer.  Eintlik het ek nie woorde om hierdie kragtoer te beskryf nie, behalwe: Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!"

Die Burger - Deborah Steinmair

"Wat ‘n mens sonder twyfel kan sê, is dat hierdie eenvrouvertoning ‘n algehele kragtoer is.  Dit sal maklik wees om in byvoeglike naamwoorde te verval. Sandra Prinsloo lewer ‘n meesterklas in toneelspel.  Sy knip die karakter uitmekaar soos duur lap en begin dit dan aanmekaar stik totdat dit ‘n balrok of trourok is waarvan nie een enkele naat sigbaar is nie."

Krit - Wim Vorster

 "Ek het die voorreg om Die Naaimasjien aan te beveel as een van daardie moet-ervarings van die Absa KKNK."

Krit - Laetitia Pople

"This Nagtegaal Scriptwriting prize winner is a play with legs.  There are many contributing factors for this show's success, and the theme of ageing not the least of them.  With the baby boomers dealing with ageing parents, an audience is guaranteed. Its success has much to do with Hennie van Greunen's introduction of different characters' voices and Prinsloo creating a main character with a gentle heart, but spunky soul."

Pretoria News - Diane de Beer

"Wat 'n ongelooflik gevoelvolle stuk, en watter ongelooflike akteur het ons nie in Sandra nie!  As ons Oscars gehad het, sou ek een vir haar gegee het.  'n Mens vergeet dat dit Sandra is, want elke stukkie van haar raak die vrou in die ouetehuis wat haar lewe in oënskou neem en haar vreugdes en pyn in die oë kyk.  Ook net weer 'n bewys dat die regisseur Hennie van Greunen een van die heel bestes in die bedryf is."

Sarie - Michelle van Breda


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