i am L.E.N.A.
Theatre / Gymnasium

This production is inspired by a classical story set in the Swartkops mudflats outside of Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. It asks us how Lena's life could have been if she escaped the hardship she endured in her life. Through her courage and the retelling of her story, she finds power in her name i am L.E.N.A. (Light. Endurance. Noble-minded. Admirable.)

Production Credits

Director :

Sandy Vlandir

Cast:

Lena - Naledi Hopshire

Videographer:

Wandi Titi

About the Artists

Director:

Sandy Vlandir studied Drama, Ethnomusicology and Psychology at Rhodes University. In completing drama, she specialised in Site-Specific Choreography, Physical and Visual Theatre, Directing, Physical Theatre and Actor and the Audience.

She has directed a number of works such as Spaces between Us: ICALA (2023) at National Arts Festival in Makhanda, Spaces Between Us: Colourblind (2022) which showcased at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda; Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter (2014), Mike van Graans’ Heartbreak Medusa (2014), Tshepang: The Third Testament (2014) by Lara Foot-Newton and Through The Looking Glass by Lindsay Price (2018) as part of Victoria Girls’ High School Founders’ Weekend Programme. Works that Sandy has choreographed are Living in Sacrifice (2013) and God’s Awakening (2013).

She performed at the National Arts Festival in 2012 as part of an ensemble of dancers called Angry Africa for the show Discharge, directed and choreographed by Gavin Krastin, Alan Parker and Rat Western. She performed a dance routine in the show which also included site-specific work. She has both performed and worked backstage in a number of works for the Rhodes Drama Department at Young Director Season and Theatre in Motion when completing her undergraduate year. 

She runs a number of workshops for the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and other organisations that contract her to work. She runs Vacant Theatre and Film Company PTY (LTD). And she has been interviewed on THED Talks (https://www.thedtalks.com/641-a-conversation-with-sandy-vlandir/)

Vlandir believes theatre is a space to create original, innovative, and relevant theatre experiences that stimulate and inspire young and old people to think critically about the world around them, and to engage in constructive and creative self-expression.

 

Naledi Hopshire

Naledi Hopshire  is a young woman with a creative mind who challenges herself to push boundaries within herself. The love for drama and performance started at a young age and she has participated in school plays since primary school, including The Hobbit, Snow White and the Seven Dwafs, Beauty and the Beast, Lindseys Getting Letters and Cinderella Rockefeller. In high school her talents and love for performing began to bloom as she was part of the play Through the Looking Glass. Later she was part of more productions including inter-house plays an theme programs that were part of the subject of Drama. She has always allowed herself to explore her surroundings, and she has worked behind the scenes in many capacities, including sound, lighting and even props.

In high school music also became an important part of her life. She was part of her school choir from Primary into High school. In High School she started to come out of her shell, and sang at many school events.

Currently she is a student at Rhodes University where she is studying a Bachelor of Music and Drama. It is at Rhodes that she falls in love with Choral, Classical and Opera Music. She has been performing at hall events to keep the performing side of her going. She has been part of the Spaces Between Us family for three years now with assistance in Color Blind, performing in ICALA and now she is looking at a great project of a one woman performance of i am LENA. Throughout her life she has been sharpening her skills to one day be on the worlds biggest stages.

  • Venue: Gymnasium
  • Location: Victoria Girl's High School
  • Ticket price: R50.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Ages: 14+
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