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Sunday, February 16, 2014


Now in its sixth year at St. Clements in Musgrave Road, the popular Mondays @ Six at six programme at St Clements cultivates a culture of bistro entertainment – such as art, poetry, music, film, drama etc. The 2014 season will opens tomorrow (February 17)

Professor Pieter Scholtz is one of the prime movers of this programme and these are his thoughts about its beginnings:

What is special about this quaint garden restaurant in Musgrave Road? I first fell under the spell of its magic, sitting at a table in the shade of a tree laden with grapefruit. At the time I wondered about the name, St. Clements? I concluded it must be a reference to the “bells of St. Clements”, since it was situated right next to St. Thomas’s Church. Well, I was wrong. I discovered that its owner was Steve Clements. I guess his name and proximity to the church led to him being a saint!

A few unsolicited words about Steve. He is a man of many talents. I first became addicted to his Chicken Chilli Noodles when he ran a bustling little restaurant in a nursery off Vause Road. I discovered that he had learned his trade working as a chef for some years in Thailand. When he moved to Musgrave Road and opened St. Clements, we followed him – ‘we’ signifying a group of eccentrically creative guys, writers, artists, musicians and the like, who met every Friday morning to talk about cabbages and kings, and to enjoy a delicious petit déjeuner.

It was through Steve and his garden restaurant that we had the idea of a performance venue, providing a meeting place for writers, artists and those seeking creative stimulation. And it was thus that Mondays at Six at St. Clements was born.

The idea was to entertain ourselves and the “discerning” public with entertainment of a high quality. We particularly wished to include marginalized art forms such as poetry readings and book launches together with musical and dramatic performances in our programmes. We chose Monday evenings, much to the dismay of some, because many theatres and restaurants are closed on Mondays. We also chose to provide the entertainment free of charge to cultivate a culture of bistro entertainment in the European tradition – informal, relaxed entertainment in a pleasant setting.

February 17: Jacob’s Smile and Other Stories. Launch of Pieter Scholtz’s new collection of short stories. Jacob’s Smile won an award in the Anglo Platinum Short Story competition in 2006. Thereby hangs a tale which is recounted in one of several stories.

February 24: Ian Player features in Rick and Gill Andrew’s filmed interview with him. The programme had a foretaste last year when a short extract from the film was screened. The film will now be screened in its entirety, lasting 70 minutes. There will be an interval and time for questions after the screening.

March 3: Pat Smythe and his alter ego Spyker Koekemoer will present A Caber Of Tossers, three stories of wit and wisdom.

March 10: Zulu Mythology and Storytelling. Ida Gartrell’s presentation includes four creation stories illustrating ancient traditional beliefs: The Creation of the World; The Chameleon and the Lizard; The Little Red Bird and The Boy and the Cow.

March 17: Rusty Links II - The launch of Jayson Watts’ new collection of mirth and mayhem. Last year the launch of Rusty Links proclaimed Jayson as a strident, abrasive and utterly riveting storyteller. His blend of pictures and words explored new horizons.

March 24: Something Borrowed, Something New - Natalie Winter sings some French ballads, and some of her own.

March 31: Adi Paxton presents a mix of magical mayhem, puppetry and storytelling, sharing tales from her work which ranges from Cherry the Magical Clown to Puppet stories and visual illusions.
Table bookings 031 202 2511 There is no cover charge although there is a donations box to support presenters. If you would like to be on the Mondays @ St Clements mailing list, please send your name, telephone number and email address to You will be informed about the programme on a regular basis.