Gaerin Hauptfleisch

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(1971-) Actor, voice artist, theatre director, stage-manager, designer, playwright and publicist. Son of Karina Hauptfleisch and Temple Hauptfleisch. Born in Bloemfontein, grew up in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Studied at the Drama Department of the University of Stellenbosch (completed an M.Dram in 1999), specialising in directing. Married to Stephanie Hough. As actor: lead roles in Chris Vorster’s hugely popular Jeims Blond series and Why’t Burp, Saartjie Botha’s’s Spanner (2001-2), David Kramer’s Die Ballade van Koos Sas (2001), his own plays (see below) and schools productions for Spektrum Productions (1998-2000). As director/designer: Keith Bain’s Robin Hood (1999), Pieter Fourie’s Honour thy Mother, Fuck thy Father (Naelstring in Afrikaans version - 2001), Gideon van Eeden’s Boetman is Bedônit (KKNK and Aardklop, 2007)). Assistant director/stage manager on Pieter Fourie's Gert Garries – ‘n baaisiekel babelas (Marthinus Basson, 2002). As writer/director did the following plays with his own production company (Stercus Productions): Varknek (1999),Grensgeval (2000), Bees (2001), Bring Elvis Terug (2002), Manalleen (with Lindie Stander, 2003), Die Vaal Koestertjie (Woordfees, 2003, As stage manager he worked on a number of plays such as Môre is ‘n Lang Dag (Inniebos-fees, directed by Albert Maritz, 2008), . Also wrote and directed a number of plays for schools. Publicist for the Drama Department at the University of Stellenbosch (1999-), librarian for the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies, chairman of the Libertas Theatre Club in Stellenbosch (2000-) and editor of Ad Lib, their newsletter (1998-)

HAUPTFLEISCH, Gaerin, Varknek, Gaerin Hauptfleisch, (skrywer & regiseur) KKNK, 1999, Nina Swart. Ook by KLT., Gert Garries – ‘n baaisiekel babelas (2002) Regie deur Marthinus Basson, Gaerin Hauptfleisch (asst. regiseur). Met Anthony Wilson & Lourens Smith. Kunstekaap. Dawid Minnaar by KKNK. Bring Elvis Terug, Gaerin Hauptfleisch, Klein Libertas-teater, 2002. Floyd de Vaal, Thinus RKeve Die Vaal Koestertjie, Woordfees, 2003. Gideon van Eeden’s Boetman is Bedônit (KKNK and Aardklop, 2007); Môre is ‘n Lang Dag, Deon Opperman, Inniebos-fees, 2008. Albert Maritz (Regiseur) Gaerin Hauptfleisch (verhoogbestuurder).

Directed Nommerpas (Hein Poole and Lee Roodt) (2015)

The writing duo combine Hein’s sketch comedy talents with Lee’s stand-up style to tell the story of a bookie and his clients as their fortunes rise and fall. Under the direction of Gaerin Hauptfleisch, Lee plays Lee Roy Brown, the patriarch in this gambling “family” while Hein breathes life into his quirky characters who believe that every cent they gamble will take them one step closer to their dreams. Derra the pensioner refuses to give up on his dreams, while Gail the hairstylist wants the life of Kim Kardashian. Boeta Chris, the car guard is sick of crime and wants to start his own security company while Kabouter the street walker wants to be an international businessman. Nommerpas is an apt metaphor for the highs and lows of everyday life, reminding audiences to not take things too seriously. “Life is a gamble. You win some, you lose some.” It can be full of both pain and joy, but like the characters in Nommerpas, its important is that we never lose our compassion.

Hein and Lee set about creating the production after comedy audiences in Paarl started asking for a theatre piece. With its combination of believable characters and audience interaction, Nommerpas will entertain regular theatre-goers and initiates alike.

Nommerpas will be staged at the Artscape Arena on Thursday 2, Saturday 4, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July at 19:30 and at 16:30 on Saturday 11 July. Tickets are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.


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