The Syringa Tree at THE DRAMA FACTORY

Nancy Rademeyer/ Directed by Jeff Brooker/ written by Pam Gien

Vocal coaching by Sive Gubangxa/Music & Dialect coaching by Abu Damasane

Costume design by Eileen Giben Duration: 90mins

About The Syringa Tree

As relevant today as it was for its debut 20 years ago, this rendition of The Syringa Tree is touchingly heartbreaking and beautiful. At its debut at the National Arts Festival this year, it received a Standard Bank Ovation Award and was heralded in the Spotlight newspaper as "fast paced and well polished."

Elizabeth Grace Is a privileged young girl growing up in Johannesburg. After her nanny, Salamina, gives birth to a daughter, Elizabeth and her family are responsible for keeping the baby hidden. As the story progresses, she begins to learn the harsh realities of the country in which she lives - a shocking repulsion from the innocence of childhood to the cruelty of growing up. Spanning several decades, The Syringa Tree tells the dramatic, heartbreaking and inspiring tale of a young woman's journey into adulthood. In this show, 6 year old Grace and 23 other characters are all played by one actor. Nancy Rademeyer.

Info: The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien was first performed in 1999, is set in 1963, and now finds its revival in 2019. Yet, despite years of separation, it remains as relevant on its twentieth anniversary as it was when it was written.


Nancy Rademeyer

Nancy Rademeyer’s love for performance started at the age of five when she played the singing and acting role as Mary Magdalene in a nativity play. Following her passion, she was in various productions throughout high school. In 2016, she performed the lead role in The Reason, participated in The Artscape High School Theatre Competition, and she was nominated for Best Actress. In the same year, she received distinction in level 7 LAMDA external examination and performed the role of Verruca Salt in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Nancy has just completed her second year at UCT, studying a BA Theatre and Performance.

Jeff Brooker

Jeff Brooker loves plays that make realism exciting for a 21st century audience. He practices his belief that detail can be used to give meaning to beauty. He has previously directed a production of Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree in the USA, and can't wait to give it a home again in its home country. He can also be found taking a peaceful morning run, watching re-runs of The Bachelor SA, or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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Date and Time

Thu 28th Nov 7:30pm

Fri 29th Nov 7:30pm

Sat 30th Nov 7:30pm

Booking and Venue Information

Book securely online with a credit card for any show at The Drama Factory by visiting The direct booking page for this particular show is Drama Factory 25 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park Strand, Western Cape, South Africa Tel: 073 215 2290

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