Zoom production of the play ‘Krotoa Eva van de Kaap’

Zoom production of the play ‘Krotoa Eva van de Kaap’


The play is set on two time levels – the historic story of the young Krotoa from the tribe of the Khoena people who became the translator for Jan Van Riebeeck who arrived at the cape as commander of the VOC (United East Indian company) in 1652. Krotoa is torn between her own people and the colonialists. The other story is in a film studio where two young actors playing the role of Van Riebeeck and Krotoa and reflect on their characters.  

Creative work: Product design (video animation)

Details of work

Title:Zoom production of the play ‘Krotoa Eva van de Kaap’, written by Sylvia Vollenhoffen 

Author:  Directed as a Zoom production by Dr Pamela Tancsik

Country: South Africa  

Affiliation: Senior Lecturer at the DUT Department for Drama & Production Studies


Dr Pamela Tancsik is a professional puppeteer, stage director and theatre practitioner for more than 30 years. She started her theatre career in 1978 at the Munich Marionette Theatre and worked for the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Theater amGaertnerplatz as assistant director and dramaturge for several opera productions.    

She immigrated to South Africa in 1998 and started off in Johannesburg as a drama lecturer at the Market Theatre and as an artistic director for SABC educational TV (Rapid Phase). She moved to Durban and founded in 2000 her own puppet company Tekweni  Puppetplays which specializes in educational plays for children and in all puppet techniques such as Shadows, marionettes, rod- and hand puppets.  

She lectured many years for the UKZN Opera Studio and Choral Academy ‘German for singers’ and stagecraft.  

In June 2012 she was appointed as a Senior lecturer at the DUT Drama Department.  

She has a masters and a PhD in theatre history from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and is an experienced researcher in the field of German/Austrian and South African music history. She also holds a diploma for Social work (specializing in art therapy) and a diploma in Yoga and Ayurveda.  


October 13, 2021

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