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PRESS: SA premiere run of internationally acclaimed play THE GOOD DAD at The Drama Factory

Christine Skinner


A new, South African production of Gail Louw’s internationally acclaimed play THE GOOD DAD will have its South African premiere run at The Drama Factory from 28 June until 3 July.

DIE GOEIE PA is created by the award-winning creative team that brought us THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT, which was nominated for eight Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, with Paul du Toit winning Best Director.

Presented by Unlikely Productions, the play features Erika Marais, who was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eleanor Kasrils in THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT.

Paul du Toit translated the text into Afrikaans for DIE GOEIE PA and once again collaborates with Erika to direct her in this play.

The South African premiere run of Gail Louw’s play follows two highly successful runs in London.

Comments about the production include, “A must-see” (Broadway World); “Heartfelt, raw and vivid” (London Pub Theatres); “Brutally honest. Well worth an hour of anyone’s time” (Pocket Size Theatre) and, Utterly compelling (View from the Outside).

A happy family. A good father. Everyone thought they were a lovely family. But every family has something to hide and drawn curtains hide dark secrets.

DIE GOEIE PA explores the dramatic journey of three characters, a mother and her twin daughters, and the psychological effects of their abuse: denial, guilt, jealousy and Stockholm Syndrome.

The play is a powerful but gentle telling of a devastating story, a moving account of survival and redemption.

Gail Louw’s lyrical text lends itself to theatre of the mind and so for the design of this production, I wanted to allow the audience space to engage with the various prisons that keep these characters captive, joining them in their search for absolution, redemption, and freedom” says director Paul du Toit.

I am honoured to be performing this important story in my home country, South Africa, and in my home language, Afrikaans,” says actress and producer Erika Marais.

Presented by Unlikely Productions, DIE GOEIE PA is written by Gail Louw, performed by Erika Marais and translated and directed by Paul Du Toit. Sound Design is by Jahan Beukes.

PG 16 - Mature Content GBV

DIE GOEIE PA will be performed at The Drama Factory on:

Tues 28th June to Saturday 2 July: 19:30

Wednesday 29 June and Saturday 2 July: 15:30

Sunday 3 July: 16:00

Book for all shows securely online with a credit card 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 Drama Factory 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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