You know that feeling you get after attending a concert by your favourite rock star? The impossible high, the absolutely incredible adrenaline rush you just can’t come down from until you’ve plastered posters all over your room of your idol and posted how much you love him on every conceivable social media platform? That’s the way I feel about Pierre van Heerden, star of Kalk Bay Theatre’s latest production, Borderline!
I’ve only ever seen footage of the near-hysteria the iconic boy band, The Beatles, caused in the 1970s (with me being an 80s baby and all), but after seeing Pierre perform their songs including Hey Jude, Yesterday, Imagine and more to near-perfection, I now know it was well warranted.
In this production, directed by Vanessa Harris and based on Vanessa’s dad’s war experience, their music is used as a backdrop to tell the moving, unfolding story of a young, naive man trying to get through his basic South African Army training.
Watching Pierre, most recently seen as Eddie and Dr Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, transform from cuddly solider-in-training, to his well-meaning, if slightly brusque dad and the hilarious Sergeant Major to the fabulous base cook, is a magical pleasure; all done in the blink-of-an-eye with a costume change and a manipulation of a physical feature. His is a performance worthy of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Kalk Bay Theatre is always a vibey place, because of the infectious spirit of the Searles, Grant and the team, but at the press night on Wednesday 5 August, 2015, there was a particular fabulous energy about it - on par with celebrating with fellow fans along the Fan Walk following a concert at Cape Town Stadium! Total rock star quality ;)
Of course, what would a Scene It be without a rave about Kalk Bay Theatre Restaurant’s yummy food? On opening night my friend and I were treated to a delectable starter platter of country mushroom soup and deep friend wontons, accompanied by two glasses of the smooth house red wine.
For mains, we opted for the tasty carrot, potato and chickpea fritters, served on a bed of caramelised mushrooms, cherry tomatoes,greens and chimmichuri crème fraiche … a totally out-of-this-world taste bud sensation. They’re offering a great winter deal on Thursdays, where you buy one main meal and get a second free… so worth it!
No night at Kalk Bay Theatre is complete without popping back up to the restaurant for a dessert and hot drink night cap. My usual favourite, the divine hot chocolate, was the perfect companion for the orange and almond toffee pudding, served with white choc cream.
Borderline runs at Kalk Bay Theatre until 22 August, 2015. Tickets are R125 per person (they run an amazing two-for-one special running on Tuesdays!) and are available at www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za.