In the days before the internet, newspapers and books, important news, gossip, lessons and legends were handed down from generation to generation through storytelling – done with skill by the elders of communities. In modern day Cape Town, we have David Mueller mastering this art form in the production, Oom Schalk From the Heart 2, at the Kalk Bay Theatre, until 12 April, 2015.
With a simplistic set, and the mannerisms and clothing befitting your typical Boer uncle, Mueller charms avid audiences as Oom Schalk, narrator of renowned local author Herman Charles Bosman’s work.
Weaving his storytelling magic with five incredible tales embracing subjects ranging from love to postal strikes and elongated trances in the pulpit, from music makers to peach brandy, Mueller’s Oom Schalk makes you feel as if you’re sitting in his living room or on the stoep of his farmstead, listening to these anecdotes of days gone by.
One story in particular, held my best friend and I in thrall on opening night– a courtship centred folks tale in which young men in the 1920s were known to go hunting in the moonlight for a special berry which held a magical juice, said to enhance their best features and supress their faults, to make the young lasses they were courting, fall in love with them.
As we drove home that night with the moon low in the sky, we wondered out loud if we’d be finding a berry for the seductive juice necessary to charm the objects of our affections …we’ll let you know if we do!
Remember to pay close attention to Oom Schalk’s stories as there might be a quiz at the end with a special prize up for grabs.
Another highlight of our night out at one of our favourite theatres in Cape Town was being spoilt with a special tapas tester plate of seafood treats at Kalk Bay Theatre’s delectable restaurant. Paired with a delicious Sauvignon Blanc, this is my new favourite pre-theatre dinner meal!
Oom Schalk From the Heart 2 runs at Kalk Bay Theatre until 12 April, 2015. Book your tickets, for just R120 at www.kalkbaytheatreco.za . Reservations for the restaurant can be made at +27(0)21 7887257