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The Kalk Bay Theatre – Oom Schalk from the heart 2
March 24, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - April 12, 2015 @ 8:30 pmR120
Oom Schalk (24 Mar – 12 Apr)
Stories from Herman Charles Bosman
When Herman Charles Bosman created the lovable Oom Schalk Lourens as narrator for most of his short stories he knew the power of words. For he says in a biography, “Words are the most powerful instruments that life holds, and since poetry expresses itself through the medium of these tools, it is inevitable that the poet must exercise a stronger influence than a general or a statesman.” He goes on to say that it is for the poet and the artist to tell us about the real Africa. No wonder writers and actors are still writing and staging work about Bosman. “Africa has much to teach us of thought that it is created in sand and ceremony and that life is an ancient ritual,” Bosman writes.
Perspicaciously directed by Celia Musikanth, David Muller continues with the classic tradition of story-telling where Percy Sieff and Patrick Mynhardt left off. Muller inhabits the Schalk Lourens character and truly plays him from the heart. Included in the new show are stories embracing subjects ranging from love to postal strikes and elongated trances in the pulpit, from music makers to peach brandy.
A family treat from Durban to Grahamstown to Cape Town, Oom Schalk, from the Heart has delighted critics and audiences alike. The second in the series promises to do the same. There is also a surprise give away or two during interval.
“Two lucky patrons stand to walk away with an anthology each of Bosman’s short stories,” Muller explains, “and those in the front row may be refreshed with a little of Schalk’s favorite drink.”