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PRESS: Holiday fun at The Drama Factory

Christine Skinner


Rounding off 2023 in the full festive season spirit, The Drama Factory presents a fabulous and feel-good festive line-up. There’s great local music and captivating shows to keep young audiences entertained this holiday.

“The phenomenal students of the Allegro Music School show off their talents in their end-of-year showcase, while we are excited to host a return of the fresh, fun and funky production of The Emperor’s New Clothes,” says Sue Diepeveen, founder of The Drama Factory. “Experience the heart and soul of Christmas with all the season’s favourite melodies, performed by our dazzling local artists in A Yuletide Christmas. It’s never too early to start planning for the new year, and bookings are already open for dramatic comedy Routrip with Elzabé Zietsman in January!” 

The December programme is:


19 December at 19h30

Music Tickets cost R180 / R170


Morgan King on saxophone, Andy Murray on guitar & vocals & Delicia van Wyk on vocals.

The stage comes alive with a symphony of joy and nostalgia as Delicia van Wyk's velvety vocals weave through the familiar melodies, bringing a fresh and emotive perspective to the holiday classics. Morgan King's saxophone adds a soulful and dynamic layer, creating rich textures that resonate with the spirit of the season. Andy Murray's guitar work, intricate and heartfelt, serves as the backbone, threading together a musical tapestry that transcends mere performance. Together, this trio of extraordinary talents, crafts an immersive experience, guiding the audience through a kaleidoscope of emotions that culminate in a harmonious celebration of the true essence of Christmas. Embark on a musical journey that ignites the festive magic within.

“A Yuletide Christmas" delivers the magic of the season with beloved holiday classics of Kenny G, Boney M, Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum, Celine Dion, Michael Buble and Wham, amongst others like, ”O Holy Night”, “Little Drummer Boy”, "Feliz Navidad," “All I Want For Christmas”, “So This Is Christmas”, “Let It Snow”, “Last Christmas” and “White Christmas”, to mention but a few.

This enchanting show features the extraordinary talents of Morgan King on saxophone, Andy Murray on guitar and vocals and Delicia van Wyk on vocals.Let their musical mastery transport you to a winter wonderland, as they infuse each note with the festive spirit. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind performance that captures the heart and soul of Christmas!


15 and 16 December at 11am

Children's Theatre Tickets cost R100 / R80 for groups of four or more


Yes, it's back!!  Audiences have been bowled over by this fresh take on a well-loved tale By Hans Christian Andersen. Directed by Sue Diepeveen and with a distinctly South African flavour, actors Henu Badenhorst and Jessie Diepeveen take us on a journey behind the scenes at the emperor’s palace.  His majesty is a vain man, obsessed with his looks and living a great life, he doesn’t care too much about his subjects.  Along comes Charlotte who decides to expose him for the world to see.  Can she convince him that that she is making him a magical cloak which is only visible to clever people?  To find out, come and join us for some family fun!

Audience comments: 'Brilliant!' ; 'It was fabulous.  The kids enjoyed it very much. And we the grandparents too!' ;'I loved it, the children loved it.  I laughed out loud often!!'  and, 'Awesome show.  Talented cast. Lots of fun!



Elzabé Zietsman/Regie: Maralin Vanrenen,/Teks: Johann Slabbert/ Klankbaan: Coenie De VilliersDrama ComedyWarning: Loud Bang Sat 27th Jan 7:30pm

Tickets cost R200 / R180

Routrip is ‘n splinternuwe eenvroutoneelstuk uit die pen van Johann Slabbert, vertolk deur Elzabé Zietsman. Ná ’n mislukte selfdoodpoging en drie weke in ’n psigiatriese kliniek, pak Helena haar karretjie met een tas klere en bokse vol familie-items wat sy haar lewe lank bymekaarmaak – van ’n lappieskombers tot ’n alsiende glasoog. Met niks om te verloor nie, begin haar tragikomiese reis deur die land om haar versameling uit te deel en finaal van mense afskeid te neem. Gewapen met humor, ignoreer sy die wanhoop en leef sy vreesloos, vry en, op die oog af, sorgeloos.

Zietsman is benoem vir ‘n Woordtrofee vir die “Beste prestasie in ‘n Solostuk” vir haar spel in Routrip by die pasafgelope Toyota US Woordfees. “Die stuk laat mens anders na die aard van depressie kyk, en beslis met die nodige sensitiwiteit en patos. Dit waardeur Helena gaan, klink bekend, maar haar benadering tot dit waarmee sy worstel is insiggewend.

Die stuk, met regie deur Maralin Vanrenen en klankbaan deur Coenie de Villiers, bevat ‘n goeie skeut humor en karakters van oraloor wat ‘n mens in die samelewing herken.” - AJ Opperman Netwerk24 10/10/2023

“Elzabé Zietsman is on a roll. Femme is Fatale is a hard act to follow, but in her new partnership with writer Johann Slabbert, they wisely went a very different route – yet sticking to a text that’s edgy and in this instance, funny. The approach is lighter and Zietsman has 90 minutes to play, to hold the audience close to her heart and to show her skills in full colour." Diane De Beer – INK 12/10/2023


Bookings for all shows can be made at

With its fully licensed bar and cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Drama Factory is the perfect venue to enjoy top-quality entertainment with a group of friends or family. The solar-powered invertor ensures the show will always go on, even when there is load-shedding!

Make a staycation of a visit to The Drama Factory, booking in with one of their wonderful accommodation partners. Spend the night at The Views Guesthouse, 185 on Beach or Majorca House to enjoy the beauty and many other activities on offer in the surrounding Helderberg region. Visit the website for further details.

The Drama Factory is situated at 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape. Parking is available at the venue.


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