Archive for July, 2012

Ginger Beer – a towering success

First published in Bolander Lifestyle & Property, June 27 2102

Sprint (Gabriel Buys) confronts his father Charl (Isaac Buys) over a long-concealed guilty secret that has torn their family apart, in Daryn Josè’s powerful contemporary South African drama, Ginger Beer, which opens for its world premiere at The Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West on Friday night at 8pm. The real-life father and son team deliver breath taking performances in a show marked by excellence on stage, in direction, and in the finely crafted storyline.

A chance meeting, a surprise birthday party and an unexpected return home are the apparently unrelated events that result in a night of revelation that change people’s lives forever. This is the simple story-line of Ginger Beer, written and directed by Daryn Josè, which opens at The Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West for its world premiere on Friday evening at 8pm.

The enigmatic, troubled Jessie and joyfully innocent, and slightly ‘slow’ Stokkie (Andre Kershaw) meet by chance at a windmill outside the small Karoo town in which they live. An initially hesitant conversation, leads to an unlikely friendship blossoming, as Jessie warms to the innocent and naïve Stokkie, who inadvertently taps into the wellspring of Jessie’s secret despair and offers her the chance of redemption. Intrigued by the happy-go lucky young boy, the troubled Jessie accepts an invitation to the surprise birthday party Stokkie has arranged that night, for his beloved Ouma Hettie (Molly Möhr). Read more…

Categories: Entertainment, Theatre

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2012 SA Wine Writer of the Year

I was thrilled to be awarded the Franschhoek Literary Festival 2012 South African Wine Writer of the Year Award for 2012 on May 11 at a ceremony in Franschhoek.

I’m deeply honoured to be in the company of previous winners Joanne Gibson and Tim James.

I entered a piece I wrote for WINE Magazine about the old vines project in January 2011, entitled Age does matter. If you’d like to read it on line left-click here, or right click here, then click Save link as…. and save the PDF for off-line reading. 

The prize included a beautiful original oil by well-known South African realist Denby Meyer, which has pride of place on our living room wall.

The cash prize will fund a trip to the US in November this year. I’ll be spending about a week in Napa and Sanoma visiting wineries and tasting wine, then off to Utah (by road via Lake Tahoe, across Nevada and the Bonnievale Salt Flats) to visit family, and finally home, via Fort Worth, Texas to visit friends.

Can’t wait!

Categories: Wine