Your Perfect Life

Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed and co-written by Faeron Wheeler and Erika Marais | Directed by Sue Diepeveen | Produced by F Creations

A woman should have it all – a career and a family! But what if you don’t? Karlien and Caitlyn are at their 20 year reunion, bracing for the “So? What have you been up to?” questions. One has the family, the other the career. Neither is sure they have what they want.

Your Perfect Life won a 2019 Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown).

F Creations is proud to present Your Perfect Life – a loosely autobiographical story, inspired by the lives of the writers and performers: Erika Marais and Faeron Wheeler. They play Karlien and Caitlyn, who were close friends in high school but attending different universities and having to make grown up decisions just got in the way. It’s now twenty years later and they couldn’t be more different.

As the one-time friends reminisce about their high school years, ex-boyfriends and all the fun they had, it’s almost hard to imagine why they haven’t kept in touch. Your Perfect Life is a poignant and funny look at how life can take unexpected turns and how society judges us for dealing with it the best way we can.

“a well-rounded performance filled with the … nerves that surface during a dreaded reunion day” – The Herald Spotlight

“very thought provoking” – Rachelle Scott, audience member

“Wheeler and Marais held nothing back … a thoroughly entertaining piece of local theatre” – Cape Town Theatre Desk

“It’s been a long journey getting to this point, and winning a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival up in Makhanda this year was just incredible,” say Faeron Wheeler (producer, writer, performer). “The feedback from audience members was really great too. Young and old, male and female, they all said that the characters and the emotions resonated with them. I guess, we all do it – look at other people’s lives and compare ourselves to them – all the time.”

The idea for this play first sparked when the two real-life friends, Erika Marais and Faeron Wheeler, were struck time and again by how close they were despite leading such vastly different lives. They also regularly have a good eye roll at how society judges women for not managing to do it all. It’s a conversation the pair have had many times and turning it into a play seemed like the natural progression.

As a testament to women for women, director Sue Diepeveen was brought in to help steer Your Perfect Life from conversations over catch-up coffees to a thoughtful, funny and truthful take on women’s lives. We all know that other people’s lives aren’t perfect, but we can’t help thinking that somehow, they are.

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