Preview: South African premiere run of internationally acclaimed play, The Good Dad, at The Drama Factory

Die Goeie Pa (The Good Dad) – translated into Afrikaans- from the play by Gail Louw

When: June 28 until July 3, 2022
Where: The Drama Factory, 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape
Booking: With credit card or call 073 215 2290  

Performer: Erika Marais
Director: Paul du Toit
Age advisory: PG 16 – mature Content GBV   Scroll down for performance times

Paul du Toit is directing Erika Marais at The Drama Factory, from June 28 until July 3, 2022, in the South African premiere season of Die Goeie Pa (The Good Dad). Du Toit translated celebrated British playwright Gail Louw’s play, The Good Dad, into Afrikaans. There were two performances of the play in April 2022, at theDrama Factory but the run of June 28 until July 3, 2022 is the first season of Die Goeie Pa. In addition to 7.30pm shows, there are three afternoon shows. The theatre is equipped with a solar-powered invertor, so no stress if there is load-shedding. The show will go on. The beautiful Drama Theatre is in a business park and there is secure parking, delish eats and drinks to purchase at the bar in the stylish foyer. Info as supplied:

South African premiere run of internationally acclaimed play THE GOOD DAD AT THE DRAMA FACTORY

A new, South African production of Gail Louw’s internationally acclaimed play THE GOOD DAD will have its South African premiere run at The Drama Factory from June 28 until July 3.

DIE GOEIE PA is created by the award-winning creative team that brought us THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT, which was nominated for eight Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, with Paul du Toit winning Best Director.

Presented by Unlikely Productions, the play features Erika Marais, who was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eleanor Kasrils in THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT.

Paul du Toit translated the text into Afrikaans for DIE GOEIE PA and once again collaborates with Erika to direct her in this play.

The South African premiere run of Gail Louw’s play follows two highly successful runs in London. 

Comments about the production include, “A must-see” (Broadway World); “Heartfelt, raw and vivid” (London Pub Theatres); “Brutally honest. Well worth an hour of anyone’s time” (Pocket Size Theatre)and,“Utterly compelling”(View from the Outside).

A happy family. A good father. Everyone thought they were a lovely family. But every family has something to hide and drawn curtains hide dark secrets.

DIE GOEIE PA 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 a powerful but gentle telling of a devastating story, a moving account of survival and redemption.  

Gail Louw’s lyrical text lends itself to theatre of the mind and so for the design of this production, I wanted to allow the audience space to engage with the various prisons that keep these characters captive, joining them in their search for absolution, redemption, and freedom” says director Paul du Toit.

I am honoured to be performing this important story in my home country, South Africa, and in my home language, Afrikaans,” says actress and producer Erika Marais.

Presented by Unlikely Productions, DIE GOEIE PA is written by Gail Louw, performed by Erika Marais and translated and directed by Paul Du Toit. Sound Design is by Jahan Beukes. 

DIE GOEIE PA will be performed at The Drama Factory on:  

Tues June  28 to Saturday July 2, 2022 at 7.30pm                    
Wednesday June 29 and Saturday July 2 at 3.30pm           
Sunday July 3 at 4pm  

Age advisory: PG 16 – mature Content GBV                                                       

Book for all shows securely online with a credit card at  
For enquiries contact 073 215 2290  

The Drama Factory

With its fully licensed bar and cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Drama Factory is the perfect venue to enjoy top-quality entertainment with a group of friends or family. The solar-powered invertor ensures the show will always go on, even when there is load-shedding.   The Drama Factory is situated at 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape. Parking is available at the venue.    


Make a staycation of a visit to The Drama Factory, booking in with one of their wonderful accommodation partners. Spend the night at The Views Guesthouse, 185 on Beach or Majorca House to enjoy the beauty and many other activities on offer in the surrounding Helderberg region. Visit The Drama Factory website for further details.  

Erika Marais  

After studying drama at the University of Pretoria, Erika initially did educational theatre and puppeteering programs, with a special focus on the disadvantaged communities of the Mamelodi Township. She has also spent several years teaching drama at Amoyo Performing Arts, situated in Imizamo Yethu Hout Bay.   She has starred in various short films during the span of her career, including KARNAVALTYD, which formed part of KykNet‘s “Ons Stories” series.  

Her theatre credits include THE WISDOM OF EVE, INSPECTOR DRAKE AND THE BLACK WIDOW, THE HOUSE GUEST, SUNSHINE BOYS and THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET. Erika performed her first one-woman show, JAM EVERY OTHER DAY, which she was also responsible for writing, along with Celia Musikanth, from the memoir of Emmaleen Kriel. The show toured to the National Arts Festival and Hermanus FynArts in 2018. She has also co-written and performed in YOUR PERFECT LIFE which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2019 and again in 2021.  

Last year [2021], Erika performed the role of Eleanor Kasrils in THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT, for which she received a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nomination for Best Actress. As the founder of Unlikely Productions, she also produced the play, which was nominated for a total of eight awards, with Paul du Toit winning Best Director.    

Paul du Toit

Paul became a household name to South African television audiences after playing Malan Koster for 9 seasons of BINNELANDERS. He also co-hosted and co-produced ROUGH OR SMOOTH through his production company Fanagalo Films.  

He was recently seen internationally as Dewalt in BULLETPROOF 3 for the BBC as well as evil Commander Lazarro in SYFY Channel’s VAGRANT QUEEN. Other global projects have seen him do everything from pilot berg choppers in MAZE RUNNER 3, to hunting big fish in SHARK KILLER to performing top secret FBI experiments in TREMORS: COLD DAY IN HELL. His local film credits include BEYOND THE RIVER, NOEM MY SKOLLIE, BLOODLINE, SEMI SOET, LIEFLING die Movie, SKILPOPPE, TROUVOETE, FRENCH TOAST, MOSSIE and STIEKYT.  

On stage he won the 2022 Fleur du Cap as Best Director for THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT. He was awarded the 2018 Fiesta for Best Actor and Best Actor at Aardklop 2017 for MELK EN VLEIS as well as the 20017 Fleur Du Cap as Best Actor in a Musical for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. He also won the 2001 FNB Vita for Best Supporting Actor playing Cassio in OTHELLO. Other notable performances saw him as Biff in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Best Supporting Actor nomination Kyknet Fiestas), John Merrick in THE ELEPHANT MAN, Stephen in OLD WICKED SONGS (FNB Vita nomination for Best Actor), Orlando in AS YOU LIKE IT, Edgar in KING LEAR, Pieter Dirk Uys’ AUDITIONING ANGELS, IN GLAS, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, SKIN TIGHT, INTO THE WOODS, HONK! (Vita nomination, Best Performance in A Musical) and George in SAME TIME NEXT YEAR winning an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).He spent 19 months in fishnets playing Frank N Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Naledi nomination, Best Performance In A Musical) and was also in the Fugard Theatre’s production of “ROCKY” as Bradearning him a Fleur du Cap nomination for best lead in a musical. He also starred in UIT DIE BLOUTE, AUNTY MERLE THE MUSICAL, TWO TO TANGO and played Roelof in the acclaimed stage production of HEMELRUIM.  

Paul was one of the creators of the long-running OFFBEAT BROADWAY series, which earned him a FNB Vita nomination for Best Performance In A Musical as well as a nomination for Best Musical. His one man show, ARE YOU KIDDING? played to sold out houses and rave reviews at the 2014 National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) and  at the Hilton Arts Festival.

On local TV he played Albert Hugo in Kyknet’s DIE WATERFRONT, Gert Grobler, the butcher of Merweville in DIE BOEKKLUB, commanded a pirate posse in BLACK SAILS, went legal in FYNSKRIF, was suspicious in DIE BYL, got murdered in season two of BOLAND MOORDE and camped it up in KOM ONS KAMP.   He has an honours degree in Drama, trained in Opera technique at the Stellenbosch University Conserve and has sung in venues both dubious and illustrious from Alberton to Zanzibar.   He currently spends his time between Vancouver, Canada and Cape Town, South Africa. He has a mortgage in one and a heating bill in the other, but they’re both beautiful places to live and work!      

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