Methodist Church Hall • Cnr Milton Road and Wesley Street • Observatory • 7925 • Cape Town

The Shell Singer

One woman how
Written and directed by Marianna le Roux Performed by Imke du Toit

A raw moment in theatre portrays the guttural cry “where are you?” buried deep within the human psyche. This cry is revealed in the psychosis of a woman denied the need to belong from the moment of birth. Her broken heart births a shell that she uses to re-create sweet as well as terrifying memories from the womb.

Marianna le Roux is the founder and visionary of Marianna Productions. This production house is a platform for various art forms. She writes and directs one woman theatre as current output. The house was formed in 2017 with “The Reed Player” followed by “Daughter”.  Most of Marianna’s work contains essences of various forms of madness in various depths. Her work has been described as “dark and raw”, as well as “powerful with sensitive core”. 

Imke du Toit is a professional theatre, film and TV actress; dancer and voice artist currently residing in Cape Town. She has played Milly Jenkins in an adaptation of Athol Fugard's People are Living There, directed by Hungry Minds Theatre Productions in 2015, Vern Shultz in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche directed by MishMash Media in 2018 and her one-woman show Daughter directed by Marianna Productions in 2019.  She is currently the CEO & Creative Director at The Rainbow Academy school of performing arts and business, an NPO specializing in educating and up-skilling talented disadvantaged youth between the ages of 18 and 25 years in drama; dance; music & business in the arts.