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Saturday, November 7, 2009


(Pic: Barbie Meyer performs in series of Herman Charles Bosman)

Comedy-drama with Barbie Meyer at Rhumbelow.

Wild & Fragrant, Barbie Meyer’s third show on one of South Africa’s finest literary masters Herman Charles Bosman, runs at the Rhumbelow Theatre this weekend.

Directed by Bets Basson, and written and performed by Barbie Meyer, Wild & Fragrant gives a delicious taste of Herman Charles Bosman’s hilarious stories and life capturing everything from his hard bull-denim pants of solitary confinement and the raw nakedness of Africa to his sensual women of the veld.

Herman Charles Bosman (1905-1951) was a South African writer and journalist who became famous for capturing the rhythms of backveld Afrikaans speech even though he wrote in English. He is widely regarded as the greatest short story writer to come out of South Africa and his books are some of the finest in the field of South-African literature.

Whether you have read Bosman’s works or not, Wild & Fragrant will no doubt delight and surprise. Director Bets Basson was formerly a speech and drama critic in Johannesburg, as well as the head of the drama department at the Johannesburg College of Education’s Centre for Gifted Children. She is an honorary member of the Board of Adjudicators at the Speech & Drama College of S.A. and has published three books on drama. She has directed both of Meyer’s previous Bosman successes, which were performed countrywide.

"His work gets under your skin --- I’ve been hooked since I was a little girl,” says Barbie Meyer. “After every show I’m always left wanting to explore just a little more, wanting to re-read a story or another poem ... I work on other pieces but always seem to come back to Bosman’s stories - it’s like coming home."

Shows take place on November 6 and 7 at 20h00 and on November 8 at 14h00 and 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Tickets R80. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

Booking is through Computicket.