The Good Dad/Die Goeie PaA 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 28 June until 3 July 2022.

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 (pictured above), 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.

Dark secrets

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.

What: Die Goeie Pa

Where and when: The Drama Factory from 28 June to 3 July 2022