Monika, it's me

Meet Maryna. An adept facebook marketplace saleswoman, award-winning dog trainer and now also the unlikely carer of Monika, who is on the verge of swapping the temporal with the eternal.


Monika a stately, suburban housewife was left behind by her family (who are now expats in New Zealand), and it is just a little too far for them to return to pack up the house.


This one-woman show provides a comedic look at the realities of growing old, being alone and the "Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning".

Production Credits

Co-written,  devised and designed by Klara van Wyk and Jenine Collocott

Performed by Klara van Wyk 

Directed by Jenine Collocott 

Costume: Lieze van Tonder 

Production Images by: Sino Guwa


This work has been made possible by the NIHSS

About the Artists

Jenine Collocott

Theatre director, writer and director, Jenine has worked in the theatre industry for 17 years as a writer, director, designer and producer. Most of her experience is with ‘All Ages’ work; theatre that is accessible to a wide audience. Her work has played in mainstream theatres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. She is a regular at a number of festivals across South Africa, and her work has played at festivals in Edinburgh, Perth, Brighton, California (various cities) and Munich. Her track record for quality ‘All Ages’ theatre includes The Snow Goose, The Old Man and the Sea (winner Fleur du Cap Best Puppetry Design), Making Mandela (Naledi winner for Best Youth Production), Silkworm (Ovation award winner) and a flagship KKNK Production, Babbelagtig, which won a number of awards. Most recently she worked with a theatre company based in Germany on a new show titled My Family and Other Strangers. 


Dr Klara van Wyk

Dr Klara van Wyk is a current postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town. She is an performer specialising in clowning. Her one person show, You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths was performed over a hundred times across the country at schools and festivals and nominated for a Fleur du Cap, Kanna award and Standard Bank Ovation award. She also performed in Babbelagtig, Tweespalt and La Chair de Ma Chair showcased on the main at the National Arts Festival and The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Concenting Adults. 

  • Venue: St Andrew's Hall
  • Location: St Andrew's College
  • Venue: B2 Arena
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Ticket price: ZAR 100.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 50 min
  • Ages: 14+
    • Strong Language
St Andrew's Hall
June 26, 2024 10:00 - 10:50
St Andrew's Hall
June 26, 2024 18:00 - 18:50
St Andrew's Hall
June 28, 2024 14:00 - 14:50
St Andrew's Hall
June 29, 2024 16:00 - 16:50