The Waterworks Anthology

Comedy (English) • Running Time: 90 mins
Written and directed by Wessel Pretorius | Starring Wessel Pretorius & David Viviers

Two hapless travelling players unpack their suitcases full of budget store props to tell four short stories based on the adventures of four drops of liquid. A tear falls in love with its crier, a love triangle between a bull, a matador and his cape and finally the seed of love (that’s a euphemism for sperm) witnesses the doomed affair between Romeo and Juliet.  Previously staged in Afrikaans as Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek : die Vloeistof Trilogie - we are delighted to bring the English premiere of this critically acclaimed and much-loved gem from one of South Africa’s most gifted playwrights. 

'If you, like me, adore Mel Brooks movies, howl with laughter watching Jeff Dunham's "Peanut", have extensive musical and literary references to draw from and to top it off, have a soft spot for freaks and misfits, then The Waterworks Trilogy is right up your street.' - Marina Griebenow

'Remarkable .. full of imagination and wonderment .. exquisitely executed .. supremely intelligent.' - Fritz

'A ridiculously hilarious show about bodily fluids? In a world as crazy as the one we are currently in, this feels positively normal. A love-struck teardrop, an eternal droplet of blood and a spermatozoon with a hankering to fly. If this doesn't tickle your soul, nothing will.' - Tracey


Wessel Pretorius

Wessel Pretorius is a writer, director and performer trained at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University and working across English and Afrikaans theatre. His breakout student work Ont/Undone won 4 KykNet Fïesta Awards in 2013 and the Golden Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2014, going on to tour extensively and multi-lingually in South Africa and across Europe.

His play Die Dag is Bros first staged in 2016 starring Sandra Prinsloo was published in 2017. As a performer, his notable work includes WIE’S BANG VIR VIRGINIA WOOLF?  (2015), Balbesit (2014) and So Ry Miss Daisy (2016). Having worked alongside South Africa’s most esteemed actors in larger work, it is his own unconventional and intimate works where his inimitable talent - as director, writer and performer - really shines. As well as Ont/Undone this impressive body of independent work includes Waterpas (2014 - winner of Kanna award for Best Comedy), Al Julle Volke (2015)/ The Gospel According to Jan Coetzee (2019), Klara Mass se Hart is Gebreek, ensomeer: Die vloeistof trilogie (2016 - nominated for a plethora of awards), and Die Ontelbare 48 (2017), Renaissance (2017) and Fotostaatmasjien (2018). If not in all of these works, a large percentage of them displayed Wessel’s signature theatrical gesture - a confetti explosion - which he cites as the cheapest and most effective on-stage special effect. 

David Viviers

David is a film and theatre actor. He graduated in 2014 from UCT (Theatre and Performance). In 2016, David was the recipient of the Brett Goldin Bursary award which allowed him to study with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a month in Stratford-upon-Avon. For theatre, David has received two Fleur du Cap Nominations, two Kanna nominations and two Fiesta nominations. He won none of them. Career highlights include playing an overly enthusiastic mime in the Afrikaans comedy Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek (written and directed by Wessel Pretorius), playing Lady Macbeth in Fred Abrahamse 's Macbeth and playing the virile virus Rabies in Jemma Kahn's Cellist with Rabies (directed by Jaco Bouwer). 

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