Museum Theater at Monument boasts young talent

Henry

As a 13-year-old, Kristin Naudé already knew her passion lay in drama and that one day she wanted to carve out a career as an actress.

The energetic and versatile Kristin (24) has just been named as the new actress of the Voortrekker Monument’s unique museum theatre, which opened its doors at the Heritage Foundation early last year.

It is the very first museum theater of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The aim of the theater is to make history a living reality for people and make them feel part of it.

The museum theater tells the story of the African woman’s rise from 1902 to modern times. The spectator is taken from room to room where history is interpreted in an interactive and theatrical way.

Kristin took over the role of the African woman from Karla Hoogendoorn. Kristin says she took drama as an extra subject at school, and her love for the stage soon took off.

This influenced her life to such an extent that she decided to undertake a BA degree in drama at the University of Pretoria.

“The times when I am at my best are on stage. Then I feel most like myself. Drama also challenges me to get out of my comfort zone,” says Kristin.

She completed matric at Hendrik Verwoerd High School, now Rietondale High School, in the Pretoria Moot, where she developed her love for drama.

“Our school had a drama studio, and I thrived there. It was wonderful for me to be involved in our school’s drama. Our school was very close to the Pierneef Theatre. All our performances and exams took place in the Pierneef Theatre. For me it was a very good place to start.”

Kristin says she likes to write herself and that the museum theater’s script really inspires her.

“As a teenager it sometimes felt ‘wrong’ to speak Afrikaans. There are so many stigmas about Afrikaans and Afrikaans people. We are actually as diverse as a group of people. Over the past few years, my love for Afrikaans and culture has developed. This is my identity. I can’t change it, so I live it proudly.

“When I first walked through the museum theater and the story was told to me, it awakened a fire in my heart. I now realize the seriousness of our people and where we came from, it’s something I didn’t fully understand before.”

Kristin wants to encourage people to book at the museum theater and come see the play.

“People can benefit from this scene to better understand and perhaps change their perception of who Afrikaners are. We have a wonderful story, and it needs to be told. People need to know who we are and what we can do as part of a nation.

“The message of the museum theater is applicable to any situation today.”

To visit the museum theatre, send an email to bookings@kultuurtuiste.org.za or click here.