Oom Schalk from the Heart
One of your oldest and most favourite uncles is in town! Don’t miss sharing some of his Peach Brandy with him at the Masque Theatre this month and soaking up his stories again. You remember him? Your Oom Schalk, from the Groot Marico, the one with an eye for a good-looking meisie and an ear for for a groot story?
This collection of H.C. Bosman’s well-known stories set in the Groot Marico, are brought to us by a very enjoyable story-teller himself, David Muller. Muller, ably directed by Celia Musikanth, is a master at seamlessly weaving Oom Schalk’s glaring prejudices into his performance and lightly exposing some of his dated beliefs and double standards. By the end of the show, we are quite aware of what kind of man oom Schalk was, even someone not brought up on these stories, like myself.
“More”, the greeting just naturally bursts forth from the audience as the lights come up on a reclining Muller, a rough bench, khakis and a felt hat. That is how at home the public feel with Oom Schalk. At the beginning of the second half came the greeting “Nand”, signalling the link between the audience and Muller’s character.
The five glorious tales Muller tells have wonderful twists in them, holding you rapt till the very end, enjoying every pause, repitition and excellent story-telling technique Muller throws at us. The evening is reminiscent of the past, evoking long warm evenings spent under the stars with no electronic interruptions and time on our hands. This is not your modern, fast-paced monologue technique and I very soon fell under the spell of the old-fashioned cadence, language and rhythm.
Pathos and politics, mampoer and murder, sexual tension and religion, humour and superstition are all found in the five tales Muller performs; come and visit your old friend at The Masque Theatre. Performances: 15,16,17 August
Evening shows: 20h00 at R80 (R60 members),
Saturdays: matinee 14h30 at R70(R50 members) & evening 18h30 at R80 (R60 members)
Bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or 021-788 1898