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New Pocket Musical “Actress” to Grace Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre



pocket musical Actress

A fresh and original pocket musical Actress, conceived and written by Talia Kodesh and Bruce Dennill, is set to captivate audiences at Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre at Montecasino from September 27th to October 8th, 2023.

“Actress” is a musical dramedy that delves into a woman’s life, navigating her various roles, including actress, wife, mother, daughter, and teacher, all while managing the complexities of these responsibilities. The story unfolds across New York and South Africa, tracing the protagonist’s journey through challenges and successes, auditions and emotions, and a surprising source of support.

Featuring direction by Daniel Geddes, the production promises a relatable narrative for anyone who has faced adjusting to new expectations in different aspects of life.

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Talia Kodesh, who stars in the lead role, shared her excitement about returning to the stage after focusing on motherhood. Talia expressed her enthusiasm for the show, which also marks her debut as a creator. She reminisced about performing at Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre years ago and now relishes the opportunity to bring her creation to the same stage.

The musical boasts eight original songs by acclaimed arts journalist and musician Bruce Dennill, adding depth and emotion to the narrative. The songs vary from introspective melodies to powerful showstoppers, providing a musical backdrop that aligns with the story’s changing tones.

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Talia’s impressive performance history includes notable roles such as ‘Belle’ in “Beauty and the Beast,” ‘Mimi’ in “RENT,” and ‘Ozzy Osborn’ in the original South African production of “We Will Rock You.”

Theatre enthusiasts can anticipate an engaging experience with “Actress,” a production that blends storytelling, music, and emotion. As audiences witness the portrayal of a woman juggling her myriad roles, they can immerse themselves in a tale that resonates with the complexities of modern life.

Performances of “Actress” will run from Wednesdays to Sundays, offering afternoon and evening showtimes. Tickets range from R180 to R220, with discounts available for pensioners, scholars, and students. You can book through Webtickets, Pick ‘n Pay Outlets, or the Montecasino Theatre Box Office.

For Group Bookings, contact Geraldine by email at [email protected] or call on 011 511 1988.

As the theatrical industry finds renewed energy post-pandemic, “Actress” stands as a testament to the resilience and creativity of artists in bringing fresh narratives to the stage. The collaboration between Talia Kodesh and Bruce Dennill promises an entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical experience for audiences in Johannesburg.


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