eldon van der merwe
Eldon was exposed to the stage at a very young age. His first time was in a Lefra production, Fiela se Kind, directed by Sandra Prinsloo in the State Theatre, Carnival City, Artscape and various Arts Festivals, including Innibos and Aardklop during the 2007-2008 period. After this production he continued to receive cum-laude for monologues and prose’s at both Citrusdal/ and Wes-Boland-Eisteddfod up until his final year. After he matriculated in 2012, he left his hometown, Piketberg to pursue a career in the performing arts industry. Three years later he successfully completed a BTEC Diploma in Acting and Performing Arts, presented by Edexcel London. Whilst studying, Eldon received theatre credit in a musical theatre for his leading role as Berger in the production called Hair, featuring at the Suid-Oosterfees during 2013. The following year he portrayed another lead-role as Ché Guevara in another musical, Evita and after his studies, Edexcel has awarded Eldon as their Best Male Performer for the year 2014. He kicked off 2015 with an Industrial Theatre production. In the same year he was casted as Spyker Lamoer in a South-African sitcom called Koelpixels. Then Eldon was casted in an Afrikaans Musical, Die Sideboard, portraying the character of Albert which was ironically also the name of the iconic director of this production. This musical showcased ran during the 2015-2016 season at numerous South-African theatres and festivals including the Woordfees, annually hosted in Stellenbosch. Eldon has seen the opportunity to involve himself in educational theatre with ARREP theatre for life™ and Spektrum kinderteater where he loves to instill the love for theatre in young South-African hearts. In 2017, Eldon was again casted in another industrial theatre production with an international Industrial theatre company. At the 2017 US Woordfees he portrayed the character of Patrys in another Spektrum children’s theatre production,”Spekkies en die sewe dwerge.” His interest goes far beyond his love for performing arts. He also has a passion for music and sports. Eldon’s vibrant personality serves as a great energizing support to any actor/actress who finds themselves on stage or screen with him.