Mince Jou Hare, a feel-good, small-town sitcom on Showmax


AWARD-WINNING comedian Shimmy Isaacs is raising the bar this year: her mother, Frieda, is getting her own Showmax Original series. Mince Jou Hare, a feel-good, small-town sitcom releasing on Mondays from 20 May 2024. Set in the fictional town of Hex Valley in the Western Cape, the Showmax Original follows Frieda as she quits her factory job to set up a hair salon in her home.

“My mother’s story is very much a part of my story and it felt like an important one to tell,” says creator, writer and producer Isaacs. “Worcester was a factory town and my mother was a factory worker. When she quit her job at the factory and she said that she was done working for someone else, this was a significant event in my life.

“She did everything that she set out to do. I was a child, so this was the first time I saw someone make a promise to themselves and then do it. It inspired me, that I could also dream big, and could achieve what I promised myself that I would. My mother represents faith to me.
“So I wanted to introduce others to the inspiration that my mother, Frieda, is, and to the lively world of small towns like Worcester.”
Melissa de Vries (Sasha Daniels in Arendsvlei, pictured above) stars as Frieda, with comedian Dugald Pieterse as her husband Vincent, Fleur du Cap nominee Bianca Flanders (Troukoors; Nêrens, Noord-Kaap) as her best friend Julia, and Franka Kirby in a breakthrough role as her daughter Jody.
Lee-Ann van Rooi

The cast includes SAFTA nominee Keenan Arrison (Shirley Adams; The Riviera), African Movie Academy Award nominees Lee-Ann van Rooi (Spinners) and Euodia Samson (Arendsvlei), and Gershwin Mias (Zane Meintjies in Arensdvlei, Shaun in Magda Louw). Emile Smit (Arendsvlei) rounds out a stellar cast as Frieda’s love-struck neighbour.

Spinners’ star David Isaacs (co-creator of Joe Barber and G.I.L., director of Swartwater and Sara Se Geheim) directs, with YouTube phenomenon Early B creating the theme song.

Multi-award-winner Roberta Durrant produces through Penguin Films, the company behind International Emmy nominees Stokvel and Home Affairs; classic SA comedies like the Rose d’Or nominee Madam & Eve and triple SAFTA winner G.I.L.; and long-running dramas Diepe Waters, Arendsvlei, Projek Dina and Sara Se Geheim.

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