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PRESS: PATISSERIE FEMME, a brand new satire from rising theatre stars

Christine Skinner


PATISSERIE FEMME is a brand new satire created by a deliciously talented team from new production company, Three Pillars Productions. It will be performed The Drama Factory from 16 to 19 March.

Designed to make you laugh, think and most importantly, talk, PATISSERIE FEMME is created using a mockumentary style of performance, exploring a bakery dedicated to selling not pastries, not cakes, but women.

Presented by Three Pillars Productions in association with National Arts Council, this is the premiere of this fresh, innovative satire, and the debut production from this exciting new production team, who are definitely one to watch!

PATISSERIE FEMME is based in a bakery in the heart of Cape Town amidst an array of mouth-watering confectionaries. The mockumentary, meta-theatre style of performance explores a bakery dedicated to selling not pastries, not cakes, but women.  We witness interesting employee interactions as well as funny, heart wrenching confessions of key ingredients that live in a bakery pantry... let's hear it for The Cherry On Top and Yeast! 

This piece is performed by two women who are constantly switching between characters, and even playing the characters of inanimate objects - everything that one sees in this piece is created solely by the performers’ bodies. PATISSERIE FEMME tackles issues of society pushing certain conventions onto the bodies of women and references many a sexual innuendo - from sugar babies to buns in the oven.

PATISSERIE FEMME is written and directed by Jessie Diepeveen and performed by Liphelo Matthews and Nomfundo Selepe. The formidable, go-getting trio are all UCT graduates who combine their many talents to bring PATISSERIE FEMME to the stage. The powerhouse all-women creative team is completed by Sinezile Matutu as Stage Manager, Thato Mosiuoa is Production Manager and Poster Design is by Ellen Heydenrych.

We need to continually find ways to discuss how society views and responds to women,” says Sue Diepeveen, owner of The Drama Factory. “This is a funny, fresh, imaginative and thought-provoking new theatre production that will make us laugh, then think about what we are laughing at. The Drama Factory is committed to providing a much-needed platform for rising theatre makers to create and present new work for the future. We are delighted to have this visionary new team behind Three Pillars Productions on our stage and look forward to seeing more work from them.

Liphelo Matthews is a 23 year old performance artist from Cape Town. In 2022,  she completed her honours degree in Theatre and Performance specialising in  Acting at the University of Cape Town. She was then awarded a full scholarship to attend the South African Lessac Kinesensics intensive, where over the course of 3 weeks she received extensive voice training with participants and facilitators from all over Africa and the world. Recent productions include Love of the Nightingale directed by Mbongeni Mtshali and Mwenya Kabwe and Isikhalo sika Nandi directed by Zamah Nkonyeni in collaboration with the ICA. Liphelo’s theatre making impulses draw from her interests in the (re)representation and (re)imaging of the Black body in performance in post apartheid South Africa.

Nomfundo Selepe was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her innate passion for performance lead her to the National School of Arts (2013-2017), where she trained in acting and matriculated as the Overall Best Drama Student and Dux scholar. In March of 2023, Nomfundo will graduate with an honours in Theatre & Performance studies, majoring in acting., from the University of Cape Town. She has made her professional debut as Hermia in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Three Pillars Productions is a women led South African theatre collective whose mission is to impact society through live performance. Co-founders Jessie Diepeveen, Thato Mosiuoa & Sinezile Matutu are all UCT graduates who majored in theatre making. Amongst them are skills such as production, directing, acting, script-writing, lighting design, sound design, costume design, set design and administration. Three Pillars Productions is the one stop shop that everybody needs.



PATISSERIE FEMME will be performed on:

Thursday 16 March at 19h30

Saturday 18 March at 16h00

Sunday 19 March at 16h00

Tickets cost R100  / R70 for students and pensioners

All bookings can be made at

For enquiries contact 073 215 2290

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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