32 Lavender Close
Theatre / St Andrew's Hall

Finding a flatmate on the internet is risky business. But desperate times call for awkward situations. When Carly moves into Melo's flat unexpectedly, the two twentysomethings embark on a journey of figuring out their mental health, sexuality, finances, careers and mysterious vaginal discharge in the bathroom of 32 Lavender Close. An ode to a time of uncertainty in which you are neither mature enough to not make the sex joke, nor cool enough to impress your 15-year-old brother.


Starring Grace Matetoa and Christie van Niekerk, this new work by award-winning playwright Andi Colombo was produced under the Theatre Arts Emerging Director Bursary in Cape Town. Now, for the first time at National Arts Festival, Andi Colombo and Theatre Arts present: 32 Lavender Close. Keep your friends close, but your flatmate closer. 

Production Credits

Written, directed and lighting design by Andi Colombo

Performed by Christie van Niekerk and Grace Matetoa

Set and poster design by Ntobeko Ximba

Set assistance by Siphiwe Gumede

Produced by Theatre Arts and Andi Colombo for submarine productions

Made possible through the Theatre Arts Emerging Director Bursary and Woordfees

About the Artists

Andi Colombo is an award-winning writer, director, performer, and lighting designer from Cape Town, South Africa. Her works include PAN. (winner Best Scrip at Zabalaza 2018), Like Hamlet (published in the Journal of African Youth Literature), Double Star. This year at National Arts Festival, she is bringing two shows: i want to write you a submarine and 32 Lavender Close.



Grace Matetoa is an actress and performer from Johannesburg. She received her formal performance education at the University of Cape Town, studying Theatre and Performance specializing in Performance Making. Her passions lie in writing, production and performance art. She aims to branch into art therapy, as she is currently working at a foundation that provides services to people who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse.



Christie van Niekerk is a 24 year old freelance actress, writer, director and stand-up comedian with a love for performance. She studied at Stellenbosch University and aquired degrees in BA Drama and Theatre Studies and BAHons in Directing. Her theatre acting background includes forming part of the ensemble’s of At Her Feet, The Tumble Inn, Sit With Us, ’n Gek vir jou and Pieces of Her.



  • Venue: St Andrew's Hall
  • Location: St Andrew's College
  • Ticket price: ZAR 120.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 1h15m
  • Ages: 16+
    • Nudity
    • Strong Language
    • Adult Themes
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June 20, 2024 12:00 - 13:15
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June 23, 2024 10:00 - 11:15