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Die Ontelbare 48 this September at the SU Adam Small Theatre in Stellenbosch
Author: Petro Mostert
Published: 18/08/2023

Die Ontelbare 48, a one-man play with Wessel Pretorius, is coming to Stellenbosch University's Adam Small theatre complex in Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch this September. It will be the second production as part of the Adam Small theatre project which kicked off earlier this year, to revive theatre in Stellenbosch.

And what a fantastic show to follow on the first production, Die Fel Omstrede Kroon van Edward 2 en Gaveston by Marthinus Basson. Die Ontelbare 48 with Wessel Pretorius (writer, director, and producer) received four Fiësta nominations, including best production, for this outstanding solo play.

What is the play about?

It's Wednesday evening in a small town in the Lowveld. The school hall is set up for the monthly movie night. Forty-eight residents gather, each with their own story, to watch The Sound of Music. Between them sits a murderer with a cunning plan.

"It is a microcosmic look at the everyday humanity that ultimately binds us all together, no matter how different we think or live. A satirical drama that celebrates human endurance," says Pretorius.

There are four characters: a frustrated hockey coach and mother, a high school boy who becomes aware of his gay sexuality, a drama coach, and a five-year-old girl.

More about Wessel Pretorius

In 2015, Wessel Pretorius won the Afrikaans Onbeperk prize for young voice. He also received four Fiësta Awards and the Woordtrofeë for Best Drama Production for his solo play Ont-. Ont- was later translated by Hennie van Greunen to Undone and toured the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Afrovibes in the Netherlands, the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it received the Standard Bank Ovation (gold).

Pretorius also wrote and produced the theatre play Waterpas, which received a Kanna award for best comedy, Die dag is bros, which won five Fiësta nominations and the ATKV-Woordveertjie award for best drama, Sandton City Grootdoop, Klara Maas se hart is gebreek, en so meer: Die vloeistof trilogie, I love You Sally Field (and other stories) and Renaissance.

Die Ontelbare 48 will be on stage between Tuesday 12 and Saturday 16 September 2023 at the SU Adam Small Theatre complex in Stellenbosch. Tickets are available through Quicket and ticket prices start at R100 per person.

Very important, no u/13 (Language) will be admitted.

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