Monika, it's Me

Directed by Jenine COLLOCOTT | Performed by Klara VAN WYK | All Design - Collaborative
PG 12+

Meet Maryna. An adept facebook marketplace saleswoman, award-winning dog trainer and now also the unlikely carer of Monika, who is on the verge of swapping the temporal with the eternal.

 Monika, a stately, suburban housewife, was left behind by her family (who are now expats in New Zealand), and it is just a little too far for them to return to pack up the house.

This one-woman show provides a comedic look at the realities of growing old, being alone and the "Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning".

Monika, it’s me, has recently been nominated for best comedy at the KKNK festival.

Dr Klara van Wyk is a current postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town. She is a performer specialising in clowning and has been trained by pedagogies such as Phillipe Gaulier, Giovanni Fusetti and Mick Barnfather. Her one person show, You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths was performed over a hundred times across the country at schools and festivals and nominated for a Fleur du Cap, Kanna Award and Standard Bank Ovation award. She also performed as Chalk Girl in Jemma Kahn's The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults, Babbelagtig, Tweespalt and La Chair de Ma Chair which showcased on the main at the National Arts Festival. 

Theatre director, writer, designer and producer, Jenine Collocott has worked in the theatre industry for 17 years. Most of her experience is with ‘All Ages’ work; theatre that is accessible to a wide audience. Her work has played in mainstream theatres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. She is a regular at a number of festivals across South Africa, and her work has played at festivals in Edinburgh, Perth, Brighton, California (various cities) and Munich. Her track record for quality ‘All Ages’ theatre includes The Snow Goose, The Old Man and the Sea (winner Fleur du Cap Best Puppetry Design), Making Mandela (Naledi winner for Best Youth Production), Silkworm (Ovation award winner) and a flagship KKNK Production, Babbelagtig, which won a number of awards. Most recently she worked with a theatre company based in Germany on a new show titled My Family and Other Strangers.