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Thursday, June 30, 2011


(Barbie Meyer)

Working with experienced directoror Bets Basson, Barbie Meyer has written and acted in a number of Herman Charles Bosman adaptations. In Bosman...& then some!, she has put together a collage of Bosman's favourite stories and a smidge of his lesser-known writings. Expect to laugh out in places as well as chuckle when you realize just how relevant these typically South African stories are in today's world - as they were when they were written. Barbie also gives a taste of Herman Charles Bosman's poetry and, as always, an insight into the extraordinary and complex man:

Barbie Meyer (nee Burczak) – originally a Howick lass - returns to perform Bosman’s hilarious stories at Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban as part of the 10 Years, 10 Shows celebration - a reflection of ten glorious years at this ever-popular and quaint theatre.

Born in Pietermaritzburg, Barbie moved up to the midlands with her family at the age of 12. She is one of five children: “The youngest and the nicest…” she says with a twinkle in her eye. “Ours is a close family, we drive each other mad on one hand and love each other to absolute bits on the other – a wonderful balance! We have increased in size somewhat, and I mean in numbers not girth size fortunately, with dozens of wonderful nephews and nieces to keep us in check.”

“We’re quite a mix, Barbie adds, ‘with my mom an English teacher and my dad a Polish farmer/inventor/upholsterer. Both are delightfully nuts: My mom taught us about Shakespeare and Bosman and my dad taught us how to sand furniture and sing in Polish.”

Barbie completed high school at Howick High. Her favourite subjects were English and Art. “I wasn’t wildly sporty so the thing that kept me sane throughout my schooling was being part of the school’s extraordinary dhoir and of course taking part in the school’s now legendary annual musicals. “

Barbie went on to study English and History of Art and has recently received her Speech & Drama Licentiate (Cum laude). She and Marke, a sculptor and photographer, live in Uvongo on the South Coast. He and Barbie now travel the country with her shows.

Catch Bosman…& then some! at Rhumbelow on July 9. Bookings on phone/fax 031 205 7602 or cell 082 499 8636 or email: Further information at