Previous paid speaking roles
the 39 Steps Casting Agency
- South African
- UK English
- UK Scottish
- USA Southern
- Latin American
TINA-BELLA VAN DER MERWE:ACTING & SINGING EXPERIENCE:
(Stage & film)1970 to 1980:7yrs old – first stage appearance as an “extra” (dancing girls);
Acrobatic dance tuition; Ballet Tuition; School Choir; Chosen to be a “space-age person” for that years’ senior class;
Several debates on stage, as well as “reading performance” in revue; Plays part of blind woman in Revue (written & directed by Vera Buys);
Wrote, directed and played in one-act for church camp(3 characters).
1982:Played part of a ghost in “OUR HOUSE” (Technikon Pretoria) Directed by Amor Tredoux. Also played in Student Film as Juliet for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (Dying scene)Directed by Mario la Grange
1983:Ramp Model for Private Designer for public shows
1986:Part of “Blonde Secretary” in “Don’t just lie there, do something”(Lowveld Amateur Dramatic Society)
1988:Performed “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” live on stage at Zillertal–Pretoria (Clive Bruce Country show & singing competition)
1994:Church Choir, White River Dutch Reformed Church
2006:Started recording of CD: “Vir Ewig en Altyd!”
2008:August: Lily Clamacraft in Bill McNaughton’s play–“ALFIE” At Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)Director:Lawrie West.October:Radio; Continuity Show called “RADIO GA-GA” compiled by Lindsay Small(Director). Lead part of LOUISE in “Wolwedans in die Skemer” (adapted from original radio script by Original writer) & also “Continuity Announcer” for the rest of the show.
2009-10:Congregation lead Female Vocals in Agapé Band for Praise & Worship;
Radio: Voice-over advertisement (x3) Helderberg Village Security Village Somerset Wes–Oct 2010 & amended in March 2011.
2011: ROMEO & JULIET (Carnivals of the Heart Productions – Director Darryl Spijkers) – Lourensford Wine Estate Feb 2011 (Lady Montagueb & Front of House Manager, as well as Chorus/backstage/prompting)
ARTSCAPE THEATRE Cape Town March 2011–Market Scene and Ball Scene (different characters);
PEOPLE ARE LIVING THERE: Lourensford Wine Estate & Masque Theatre Muizenberg – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Running at Masque Theatre in Muizenberg from 3-6 August 2011.
ISSUES – HORROR SHORT MOVIE: LEAD ACTRESS DR. CRUOR. Chosen as 1 of only 9 S.A. Horror Movies to be shown at the South African Horror Film Festival. Director Ruan Lotter. On youtube and simply scripts.
FIELA'S CHILD: Aunt Gertie in Fiela's Child (Accent: Dutch; Language: English) Aged to 65 July 2012 Carnival of the Hearts Productions (facebook profile) Director Darryll Spijkers.
2012: INNOGEN - Leonato's wife in Much Ado About Nothing (emotion creator part-no dialogue).
17 Nov 2012 - Coronated as MISS COMMONWEALTH AFRICA, (Current), Miss Commonwealth Pageants Limited, Directorship for Miss Commonwealth Pageants in South Africa 2013-14,
Head of Charity &Culture Association in Africa, Current.
AFRICAN ACHIEVER'S AWARD RECIPIENT (Feb 2013) "Model woman of Africa"; Opening of African Achiever's Awards Ceremony 2014 - Ghana.
ARTISM-AFDA STUDENT FILM: Lead Actress Miranda - 2014.
Miss Butterfly Western Cape 2015.Photographic Model Miss Butterfly Calender 2016.
Various private and public singing performances since 2015.