Waseef Piekaan will take local audiences on a tour of the courts of our country, places where thousands of people appear unnoticed, in his new play ‘Wrongly Accused’, showing at the Baxter Theatre from May 10 to June 1.
At tryouts in Mitchell’s Plan people flocked to see ‘Wrongly Accused’. After a successful run in his own neighbourhood the show went on to win the Best Actor Award at the Baxter’s Zabalaza Festival. The festival is the Baxter’s incubation concept, showcasing the work of new artists.
“I have always dreamed of writing my own show and performing it at the Baxter. Zabalaza gave me an opportunity to flex my creative muscles before putting it out there on the mainstream theatre circuit,” says Piekaan.
‘Wrongly Accused’ is a comedic love story with entertaining twists and turns. In the show, the marriage plans of the charismatic Marius van Rooyen and his devoted fiancé Fransiena from De Doorns are dealt a devastating blow when he is arrested for theft in the big city. A host of fringe characters make their debut showing off the skill and panache of the versatile Piekaan, often with humorous results. The story puts the audience in the jury box, moving at a rip roaring pace with music, poetry and a carefully crafted script.
Piekaan has not only written the script, but he has also composed all the songs. “The lyrics just flow out of him. Sometimes it seems like he can write a new song every day. There’s a shining new star in the endless firmament of Cape Town talent and its name is Waseef,” says his mentor, the veteran performer Terry Fortune.
Piekaan’s professional debut was in ‘Vocal Is Lekka’, produced and directed by Alistair Izobell and Luqmaan Adams. The show was invited to the biggest theatre The artist has been performing since the age of twelve.
As a primary school student he took to the stage with the popular community drama group called Kinders Vannie Ses. Renowned performers like the brothers Emo and Luqmaan Adams cut their teeth in this group.
Piekaan was part of the group for eight years and starred in more than twenty productions. Kinders Vannie Ses helped Piekaan develop his multiple talents, specifically his intuitive use of physical theatre.
Soon he became known among his peers and fans as Uncle and Dommie because of the popular Cape Flats show that he wrote and directed called ‘Dommie Se Tjommie’.
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