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THOMIE HOLTZHAUSEN (article first published : 2002-05-11)

In the theatre and entertainment industry, self-discipline, fast-thinking and an ability to be a good all-rounder is often more valuable than an impressive acting ability.

Newcomer to Durban audiences, Thomas “Thomie” Holtzhausen is blessed with all these aspects including the talent, which makes him a welcome new face on Durban’s theatrical scene.

His early experiences in acting began at the Civic Theatre in Bloemfontein followed by years of amateur theatre in Ladysmith where he was given the opportunity to nurture his talent as a director, writer and actor. He has written several productions, some of which have appeared at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. He has also worked closely with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and with under-privileged educational theatre productions to nurture community development.

Some 18 months ago, Thomie moved to La Lucia with his family where his wife Leana runs a B&B outlet called Purple Palms. Having reached a stage in his life where he is able to pursue his long-held desire to work in the theatre, he started introducing himself to the local theatre companies and directors and has landed himself in two productions which are running concurrently, both directed by Caroline Smart.

He is the company manager and understudy for Shades of Marquerite Poland, Kwasuka Theatre Company’s touring production for high schools, which will have performances at Gunners Arms (Dan Pienaar Hall) from April 29 to May 11. There is a public performance at Kwasuka Theatre on May 11 at 19h30.

Originally taken on as stage manager and promptly promoted to cast member when the director discovered that he could sing and play the piano, he appears in Troubadour Productions’ supper theatre show Tin Hat Frolics which is due to have a further season by popular demand, this time at Kwasuka Theatre from May 22 to 26.

Thomie describes his involvement in these two productions as “the best opportunity to be introduced to the professional theatre. It is a privilege to work on two substantially different productions under the direction of someone like Caroline. The cast is simply fabulous and the productions professional and inspiring.”

To book for Shades of Marguerite Poland contact the Kwasuka Theatre on 031 309-2236. Bookings for Tin Hat Frolics through Computicket, on 031 309-2236 or e-mail: troubad@iafrica.com




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