To say comedian and actress Marion Holm has a unique persona, would be a severe understatement of her colourful personality. I have watched quite a few of her shows, which all centre around her own life and the people in it, and every time I wonder if she will be as funny as or even funnier than the previous show. But Holm never disappoints.
In her latest show, ‘Ag, Ek Val Sommer met die Holm in die Huis’, she tells the story of finishing her university degree 30 years after she started and the hilarity of navigating on campus as a 50-year old.
She is also brutally honest by examining the humorous moments of her breast cancer diagnosis in 2016. She turns fear into laughter, and motivation, theatre and comedy morph into one another. “Laughter really is the best medicine,” she says from stage. One doesn’t need more proof than seeing the hilarity in a breast cancer diagnosis. Holm reminds us that we all share pain and the best way to deal with it, is to laugh at it. It takes away its power.
Even though this production is funny, its strength does not necessarily lie in the humour, but rather in the acting. Holm is first and foremost a great actress. Without her exceptional vocal abilities and mannerisms, it would still be a funny production, but it would be a stand-up show that most comedians could do. Holm creates real-time characters and turns the show into a theatrical experience.
Chris Vorster, actor and lecturer at the University of the Free State, wrote and directed the play. I once asked Marion how this process works and she described it as follows (and I am paraphrasing here): My life is funny and I simply jot down situations as they happen. Chris and I then put it together into a play and I give life to it on stage. I don’t know how he does it, but he always manages to organise my ideas and turn them into a production.
And this is exactly what happens. Together Vorster and Holm plotted out a coherent production (despite what the title promises). She uses the space optimally and with only two chairs and a poster as décor, Holm keeps you entertained for the full duration of the show.
At the end she promises next time she will delve a little deeper into her other challenges of 2016: A brain tumour and hip problems. One can’t help but be excited about this! Holm will undoubtedly turn sorrow into laughter with the same amount of guts, energy and bravado.
Watch the show at Woordfees on the following dates:
06 March 18, 16:00, kykNET Hoërskool Stellenbosch
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