We were not disappointed. The Sewing Machine, performed by Sandra Prinsloo had me laughing, frowning, crying, smiling and even feeling guilty - an array of emotions. Sandra Prinsloo portrays an old lady in her 80's who is waiting for someone to come and fetch her sewing machine. And while she waits she talks to us, the audience, about her life - about moments of joy, anger, tragedy and loneliness. She's hauntingly familiar as anyone's grandmother found in the numerous old age homes found in South Africa. Special individuals who lived in South Africa during the apartheid era, and now living in a "new" South Africa. She's endured and experienced so much and many of these experiences are familiar to us as moms - the joy of a new baby, the struggles of dealing with conflict with a child, having to confront the fact that her son has chosen an alternative lifestyle, marital conflict with her conservative husband Tielman, losing a child to a crippling disease, aging and the loneliness that comes with it. I might have small children but I was drawn into examining my own relationship with my mother, grandmother and even my own children.
The play won the Nagtegaal Playwright’s Competition award when it first opened in March 2009 and its success was immediate, overwhelming and undisputed. Further accolades include two Fleur du Cap awards - one for Best Performance by an Actress (Prinsloo) and one for Best New South African Script. Since its inception four years ago Die Naaimasjien has traveled throughout the country and has been performed more than 250 times.
It was a masterful performance and a show I would highly recommend.! I would take a couple of tissues though:)