Anna-Mart van der Merwe stars in The Mother

Franschhoek resident Anna-Mart van der Merwe stars in the acclaimed Florian Zeller play The Mother. The play, translated from French by Christopher Hampton, is on at the Fugard Studio Theatre in District Six, Cape Town, until March 4.

Directed by Janice Honeyman, with an all South African cast headed by Anna-Mart (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, Dis koue kos, skat, Sewende Laan, Die OngelooflikeAvonture van Hanna Hoekom) as Anne; Graham Hopkins (Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Black Sails, Barney Barnato, A Reasonable Man), Sven Ruygrok (SPUD, Zulu, Of Kings and Prophets) and Amy Louise Wilson (The Father, Book of Negroes, The Year of the Bicycle) – this is a moving portrait of a woman losing her grip on reality as her life spins out of control.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas.

Now they have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne’s world falls in on her.

Has her son Nicholas, always her favourite, really come back home? And what of her suspicions about her husband?

Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays, at 8pm, with a 4pm matinee on Saturdays. Tickets cost from R130 to R160 and can be booked through Computicket, or at the box office on 021 461 4554.