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Home Truths Production in Association with the Market Theatre Presents




Written and Performed by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

Direction and Script Development by Robert Colman


“A moving personal family story of denial, discovery and survival”


Following a year of script development and readings, Original Skin premieres at the Market Theatre on 28 May, running until 23 June 2008.


With an extraordinary one-woman multi-character performance by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Original Skin is a riveting autobiographical narrative about a mixed-race baby whose white Australian mother decides to give her up for adoption in Verwoerd’s early 60s South Africa.


Told with humour and compassion, this richly poetic script traces echoes of bigotry in Australia while also representing South Africa’s own ‘big racial tension story’ through one child’s often ironic and remarkable journey to adulthood. This brilliant memoir reflects South Africa’s present struggle with ongoing prejudice.


“Phillippa plays the central character, both of her mothers, her social worker Mrs Wilcox, a pig and a duck, and a few other life-changing characters besides,” says Colman. “And she does this in a strange world that conspires to hide her own ‘coloured’ ancestry - the loaded secret is kept from everyone including the child who carries it in her genes.”


With a career now spanning well over two decades, director and writer Robert Colman comes to this script collaboration and direction of Original Skin after recently spending six months as International Artist-in-Residence at Blacktown Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia. An acclaimed professional, Colman’s own works have toured nationally and internationally. This includes the creation of Two Straight Queers, After Nines and Daisy de Melker, as well as a highlight collaboration with Coco Merkel and Xoli Norman to develop No Room for Squares and The Story I Am About to Tell, with Lesego Rampolokeng and Bobby Rodwell. Colman’s most recent success at the Market Theatre was the direction of Irene Stephanou’s acclaimed script, Acropolis Café.


Phillippa Yaa de Villiers is a poet, playwright, mime, clown and actor. Her recent first publication, Taller than Buildings (2007), a collection of original poetry, has been met with exceptional reviews and has resulted in performances around South Africa, including Poetry Africa 2007 and the Cape Town Book Fair. As a guest of the Department of Arts and Culture, she represented South Africa at the 14th International Festival of Poetry in Cuba and the Together for Solidarity Conference in Sweden. Yaa de Villiers’ theatre career includes Fiona Ramsay’s Barney’s Women, Suzanne Lori-Parks’ Venus and Lesego Rampolokeng’s Fanon’s Children, directed by Bobby Rodwell.



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