Groot Marico’s Oom Schalk Lourens rides into Die Tarentaal Teater on Friday night November 3rd, directly from the Bosman Festival.
Now professional actor, David Muller, after Patrick Mynhardt and Percy Sieff put Herman Charles Bosman on the entertainment map, is proud to have stepped into Schalk Lourens’ shoes.
Oom Schalk, from the Heart is directed by Celia Musikanth.
By staging the stories with such understatement as is found in Bosman’s writings, it first appears to be simple entertainment.
However it is soon revealed, as Lionel Abrahams, a student and biographer of Bosman, puts it: that mankind is the salt, the treasure and the inexhaustible wonder of God’s universe. And, often the butt of many practical jokes. Then Bernard Sachs, one of Bosman’s life-long friends, added that Herman was one of the most wide-ranging and quick-witted intelligence, sensitive and refined to a degree…At the age of fifteen, he had already studied Shakespeare, Shaw, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe and a host of others.
When you listen to the words coming from Oom Schalk Lourens’ lips, a simple farmer in the Groot Marico as you sit in Die Tarentaal Teater sipping your favourite tipple remember: in vino veritas. Schalk certainly enjoyed his peach brandy, and saw through much of the silly behaviour of his neighbourhood of farmers and villagers. Bosman’s stories have many hidden truths which may keep us laughing well after the curtain has come down. Oom Schalk, from the Heart, is the title of Muller’s show which comes to Die Tarentaal Teater, Rustenburg on Friday November 3rd.