• Dean Kotze

#Woordfees2018: Liefde is Rooi - Inspired by personal experiences.


Liefde is Rooi, a production directed by Lee-Ann Van Rooi, featuring Chenal Kock, Kay Smith and Enrico Hartzenberg made it's debut at Woordfees this year. The story follows a young James Witbooi who resides with his siblings, Mara and Prudence, in their small, semi-detached family home out in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain. Mara suffers from bipolar disorder, while she and James share a very big, dark secret which could change the course of all their lives forever.

James is played by Enrico Hartzenberg (who also wrote the script). He describes the character as a strong, young man who's carrying so many responsibilities. He has to take care of his siblings and is very determined, he will not allow anything to come between him and the love he has for his family. This is his very first production and he is extremely grateful to be working alongside Chenal Kock, Kay Smith and Lee-Ann Van Rooi (who has also been Enrico's mentor throughout this process). To have been able to work with Lee-Ann has been an enriching journey thus far.

Enrico drew inspiration from his own personal experiences for the text. He mentions having been in some of these exact situations which he writes about. He also created a storyline that would start with a few comical moments to spark a reaction of laughter, before drawing them in as the story builds up to the climatic moment that will shake the audience members.

The set design was conceptualised by Van Rooi, making use of large cardboard boxes isolating the different rooms. The boxes for the scenes were chosen for a specific reason. It was created in this way to highlight some of the times within today's society where people are still being stereotyped or "boxed-in", in terms of how society perceives their outlook on life in general.

The message that is being conveyed in Liefde is Rooi, is that children should not be ignored by their parents. If a child does not receive attention, he or she will demand it. One finds that this happens a lot in modern-day society.

He was extremely grateful for the standing ovation which he received at the opening performance on Sunday 4 March and is hopeful of seeing more teenagers in the audience with the final two performances, which take place on Saturday 10 March and on Sunday 11 March 2018 at Cloetesville High School.

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