Artscape Theatre, Cape Town presents Nommerpas
Written and performed by:
Hein Poole and Lee Roodt
Directed by: Gaerin Hauptfleisch
Emotions run high in Lee Roy Brown’s small-town Tote, the setting for Hein Poole and Lee Roodt’s Nommerpas.
The writing duo combine Hein’s sketch comedy talents with Lee’s stand-up style to tell the story of a bookie and his clients as their fortunes rise and fall. Under the direction of Gaerin Hauptfleisch, Lee plays Lee Roy Brown, the patriarch in this gambling “family” while Hein breathes life into his quirky characters who believe that every cent they gamble will take them one step closer to their dreams. Derra the pensioner refuses to give up on his dreams, while Gail the hairstylist wants the life of Kim Kardashian. Boeta Chris, the car guard is sick of crime and wants to start his own security company while Kabouter the street walker wants to be an international businessman.
At its core, Nommerpas is an apt metaphor for the highs and lows of everyday life, reminding audiences to not take things too seriously. “Life is a gamble. You win some, you lose some.” It can be full of both pain and joy, but like the characters in Nommerpas, its important is that we never lose our compassion.
Hein and Lee set about creating the production after comedy audiences in Paarl started asking for a theatre piece. With its combination of believable characters and audience interaction, Nommerpas will entertain regular theatre-goers and initiates alike.
Nommerpas will be staged at the Artscape Arena on Thursday 2, Saturday 4, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July at 19:30 and at 16:30 on Saturday 11 July. Tickets are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695. Ticket price R70.
Kensignton’s Lee Alan Roodt was trained by The Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA) between 2008 and 2010. The list of credits behind his name includes theatre, educational theatre, radio drama and film work. Lee’s most recent work includes playing the role of Othello under the direction Esther von Waltsleben, playing Lee Roy Brown in the Lee & Hein Show and Edgar in Fietna Lekke Jy.
Boland entertainer and MC Hein Poole has spent 10 years building his professional reputation. Hein has worked with theatre groups, corporates and municipalities but spends a lot of his time touring to schools across the country.
With a string of theatre credits under the direction of South African theatre heavyweights behind his name, Hein has also appeared in local and international television commercials and short films. Hein also works under the name of his creative company, Loud Lemon, which provides work to local entertainment artists and helps produce live performance events.
Bloemfontein-born and Pretoria-raised Gaerin holds a masters in drama from Stellenbosch University. He has already written more than 25 pieces, most of which have been performed, but he also works as an actor, stage manager, designer and producer. He’s been responsible for the direction of more than 50 plays, working with names like Nina Swart, Neels van Jaarsveld and Leon Kruger.