Sandra Prinsloo stars in portrait of empty nest syndrome

Sandra Prinsloo and Dawid Minnar in Die Moeder. PICTURE: Jeremeo Le Cordeur

Afrikaans drama, Die Moeder, starring Sandra Prinsloo and a stellar cast directed by Christaan Olwagen, runs at the Baxter Flipside from Wednesday April 12 to Saturday April 29, at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Olwagen has translated the original work, The Mother, into Afrikaans, with English surtitles, and has transposed the events to contemporary South Africa.

It is a portrait of empty nest syndrome by award-winning playwright Florian Zeller, who also wrote The Father. The film version of The Father won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Die Moeder debuted at the 2022 Toyota SU Woordfees. Prinsloo plays the role of Anna who is unable to come to terms with the realisation that motherhood, as she has known it, is over. Her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. She spends hours alone and the world seems to tilt around her. Is her husband really having an affair? Did her favoured son really come home? Or has the loneliness driven Anna to madness?

Prinsloo is joined on stage by Dawid Minnaar, Ludwig Binge and Ashley de Lange.

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