The story of Ellen Pakkies who murdered her tik addicted son in Lavender Hill has gripped me from the start.
Lizz Meiring wrote and directed a play about Ellen, the descend of her son into addiction, his murder and the subsequent court case, My Naam/My name is Ellen Pakkies, which I got to see performed at the Centurion Theater last week.
The play lacked sincerity and it didn’t move me as much as the real life story did but Christo Davids’ transition from a younger Adam Pakkies to the tik-addicted son who abuses his mother is chilling and a real reminder to people and families who must live this addiction tragedy every day.
Vinette Ebrahim plays Ellen Pakkies and both she and Christo have received awards for their acting in this play.
The set was also beautiful which always helps when talking pictures of a play.