Barbie’s Bosman in Howick

2010-10-26 00:00

FORMER Howick resident Barbie Meyer has returned home to perform Bosman’s Veld Maiden at Yellowwood Café at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on Friday.

The comedy-drama, which was written by Meyer and is directed by Bets Basson, is an intoxicating blend of humour, irony and wit.

Alluring Marico ghosts, countless bottles of mampoer and elusive romances — both funny and enthralling — help bring Herman Charles Bosman’s hilarious stories to life.

“Everyone loves a good story and no one wrote them quite as beautifully, insightfully and downright hilariously as Bosman,” says Meyer, who was born in Pietermaritzburg and moved up to the midlands with her family at the age of 12.

She is one of five children and her brothers and sisters still live in and around ’Maritzburg and Howick. Her oldest sister, Candy Wise, runs and owns Rosehurst in Pietermaritzburg. Flowers From Howick is run and owned by her sister Helena Davis, Zofia Mack is married to a forester and lives in Merrivale, and Antoni, her brother, owns and runs Euroweld in Merrivale.

Meyer, who lives in Uvongo with her husband Mark, a sculptor and photographer, was entranced with Bosman’s stories after seeing Patrick Mynhardt transformed into Oom Schalk on the stage. “Quite simply, I was hooked from an early age,” she says.

This is Meyer’s fourth show on Bosman’s work and, as with her previous productions, she has been able to bring to life a balanced and highly palatable assortment of this famous author’s short stories, essays and poetry. Tasty titbits about Bosman’s bohemian and rather controversial life have also been woven into the work.

The show, which is suitable for all ages, enjoyed a successful run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and has been performed at many other venues and festivals around the country.

Tickets are R80, which includes a hearty bowl of soup and homemade bread. Dress is smart casual and bookings are essential at 033 330 2461. — Arts Editor.

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