Moving account of survival and redemption

Erika Breytenbach-Marais in The Good Dad/Die Goeie Pa. PICTURE: Jeremeo Le Cordeur

The new South African production of Gail Louw’s internationally acclaimed play The Good Dad in both English and Afrikaans (Die Goeie Pa) will run at the Baxter’s Masambe Theatre in February.

The Good Dad will be performed from Tuesday February 13 to Sunday February 18, and Die Goeie Pa from Tuesday February 20 to Saturday February 24.

Presented by Unlikely Productions, the play features Erika Breytenbach-Marais, who received her second Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nomination for Die Goeie Pa following its premiere at The Drama Factory in 2022.

Paul du Toit translated the text into Afrikaans for Die Goeie Pa and once again collaborates with Breytenbach-Marais to direct her in this play.

The production 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 based on a true story in England and was derived from actual notes of a psychiatrist, so it also has enormous educational and therapeutic value,” says Breytenbach-Marais.

“We are also delighted to be making this production accessible to deaf audiences, with a South African Sign Language interpreter at the matinee performance on Saturday February 17.”

Unlikely Productions is collaborating with Matla A Bana – A voice against child for this run of the show and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organisation.

The Good Dad/Die Goeie Pa has an age restriction of 16 for mature content and gender-based violence.

Tickets cost from R100 to R150 through Webtickets.