• Dean Kotze

Raydene Le Roux in Aspoestertjie van die Kaap

Aspoestertjie Van die Kaap tells the story of a young woman, eager to share her stories with others. At first, she describes herself as a happy child, filled with hopes and dreams, thankful for having both her parents present in her life. But as we delve further into her story, we discover that she is, in fact, clinging to memories which helps her push through the hardships of her upbringing, which brings her much sorrow and sadness.

She refers to herself as "Aspoestertjie" who fends for herself while facing many battles of staying active and humble as she builds her relationship with God and a mother who cared very little for her well-being. Raydene, the actress behind the role, mentions that the reason for her inspiration to tackle this project was because there are so many young women who live there lives similar to that of Aspoestertjie, facing too many hardships and endless discouragement. She further mentions that she hopes that her character's journey will give these women all the encouragement to push through the obstacles that they may be facing.

Le Roux mentions the importance of this story and also why audiences should come and see this piece is because it can motivate and inspire change within so many households on the Cape Flats as well as the lives of young women. This story holds moral lessons for both parents and children and also reflects on how vital it is for parents to have that interpersonal relationship with their children. Finalising the title of this production was quite challenging, says Le Roux. There was no title to the script throughout the writing process. It was only after the storyline was completed when she acknowledged the character's references to "Aspoestertjie" and "Cape Town" and in the end, "Aspoestertjie van die Kaap" was born.

She also speaks about how challenging this process has been creating the character and to build a story which could touch the lives of so many people. The actress has done tons of research where she has seen how many young women are giving up and throwing away their lives due to their circumstances. The aim of this piece is to inspire and empower such women who find themselves in a similar situation.

Preparation for this role has been quite an exciting and nervous challenge for Le Roux. "The thought of performing by herself for 60 minutes has left her terrified and nervous at the same time," she says. "It has proven to be a significant learning process I'm glad to be afforded the opportunity to inspire those young women out there who find themselves in dire straits in today's tough and harsh challenges of everyday life."

This production is targeting audiences who find themselves in a similar situation with their children and also teaches them the importance of good parenting. To rekindle the value of cherishing each and every moment with their children, as well as to inspire stronger family household values, and to create better individuals.

Key performance dates for this production:

Saturday, 29 April 2017 (12:30-13:30)

Sunday, 30 April 2017 (16:00-17:00)

Tickets are on sale at Artscape Theatre Centre Box Office and Computicket outlets for R90.00

Everyone is encouraged to go out and see this production but please note that it does carry an Age Restriction and viewers discretion is advised.

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