As most of us settle back into the office or classes, we are slowly but surely getting back into the groove of things and already planning our next little getaway! As is always the case, the charming little Karoo town of Prince Albert already has offerings that constitutes ample reason to lock the house, book accommodation and get into the car.
The Showroom Theatre, with its Art Deco style and world-class facilities, has managed to make a name for itself and is a favourite venue amongst both local and international artists.
North American blues legend Doc Maclean makes a welcome return to The Showroom Theatre on Saturday, 16 February with his Spook ’n Diesel Blues Tour.
The show will consist of mostly solo songs and stories of his Blues adventures in America and on our own shores. The chaos of Life lived large on the Blues Highway. A drink discovered in KwaZulu-Natal. A dark secret whispered in his ear behind a township juke joint. A small bag pressed into his hand.
Maclean travelled more in South Africa last year than in his homeland, and this special show is sure to be something truly unique for those who love authenticity and fine musicianship.
On Friday, 22 February, legend of South African theatre and satire Pieter-Dirk Uys will grace the stage with his one man show Pieter-Dirk Uys and Other Darlings.
Known for his in-depth understanding of the fact that politics and history is forever repeating itself to the extent that it becomes farce, Uys has taken it upon himself to sort out forty years of ‘distress, disguise and disgust’. His solution?
“At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt, say darling. If you can’t remember their names, just say darling. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling.”
Uys is joined by many other ‘darlings’ on stage to help him carry across his message.
His performance is followed by the ‘most famous white woman in South Africa’, Evita Bezuidenhout – Tannie Evita, to some of us!
As a member of the ruling ANC, an Afrikaner, a gog and a citizen of our democracy, Bezuidenhout takes a look at the state of the nation from her own position and point of view. She believes that the future is bright, but that there are many bends in the road along the way. Join her on Saturday, 23 February to find out where we are headed.
Finally, on Saturday, 30 March, veteran Afrikaans singer-songwriter Anton Goosen – die Liedjieboer – will be taking the stage with his first album in eleven years, Padkos. The songs on his new album is the result of six years of meticulous work between him and engineer Peter Pearlson.
Goosen describes the new songs as ‘organic’, seeing as the album contains no drums, electric guitars or other electric instruments. Instead it makes way for acoustic guitars, a Hammond organ, stomp box, cajon, harmonica, piano, banjo and more.
Goosen’s love and passion for his craft and his creative spirit is stronger than ever, and this is a special night of music that is not to be missed.