Elnora En Nirvana

From writer, designer, director, performer: Nieke Lombard with Chanmari Erasmus

Elnora‘Elnora en Nirvana’ is a three time award winning production that tells the story of an old woman, Elnora whom is a sponge and material puppet. Elnora reminisces every day about her past and life together with her spirit, Nirvana. Her inner child makes an appearance in her reminiscence, as the clock keeps on ticking…

Van Rensburg Pathologist Prize for Best Free State Production 2012 Vryfees

Nominated for Best Debut Production Vryfees 2012 together with ‘Oskar en die Pienk Tannie’ solo piece with Sandra Prinsloo

Winner of the Herrie-kanna for Ground Breaking work 2013 KKNK, nominated with Nicola Hanekom ‘Trippie’, Jaco Bouwer ‘Balbesit’

Winner of Slurpie-kanna for Best Upcoming Artist (‘Elnora & Nirvana’, ‘Pruttel’) 2013 KKNK

“A journey of life that encompasses unusual elements, that in a short time unfolds stirringly in front of you. Lombard must not just be complimented for her manipulation of puppets (excellently supported by Chanmari Erasmus) but definitely also for an excellent debut text”. Volksblad 2012


“Nieke Lombard controls her movements, her voice and her puppets with sensitivity and care as she leads us through a simple yet emotive journey. It is the way that she handles the puppets and particularly the way that she relates to Elnora that we are quickly drawn in to the memories that she creates. With a background of carefully selected mood music, we rapidly feel for the aging Elnora as she approaches the end of her life in a dignified way”.  Dawn Haynes Musho 2013

“Moving, meaningful and eminently watchable, Elnora and Nirvana was a highlight of Musho! 2013”.Gisele Turner – Going Places Musho 2013

Afrikaans text
Adult Puppetry
Rosebank Theatre
16 Alma Road, Rosebank
14 – 16 August 2013
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By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

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