A unique, vibrant new musical experience blends engaging storytelling, song, audiovisual material as well as entertaining performance that is at once intimate as it is enthralling. The show allows the audience to get under the skin of the Kleintjies family that is steeped in the colourful culture of Cape Town.
Taking us on a series of extraordinary events is Grandpa Kleintjies. Together with a host of excitingly talented children, grandchildren nephews, nieces –legally adopted or assimilated into this lively family – it is this one family story that is emblematic of an entire people that can only be described as the origin of the “Rainbow Nation”
Based on a true story, we get to know the seldom told tale of how, at the height of South Africa’s racial laws, one family survived the onslaught of destruction… even if they were forced to adhere to the bizarre racial divide. What drove one of the Kleintjies daughters to deny her roots and raise her family on the right side of the railway tracks? Was it true love? or did she quite simply make use of the chance for a better life for her and her children? What course did the family take to re-unite under a new democratic South Africa?
Incorporating unique humour, intoxicating rhythms and soulful songs the show is devised and directed by the experienced Basil Appollis, and produced by Naledi Lifetime-award-winning, Richard Loring of the internationally acclaimed “African Footprint”
“While all of this might sound like fodder for a story of melodramatic proportions, the truth is that when people face uphill battles, they learn life lessons and the Kleintjies’ story bears testament to this truth…
Let’s not forget that these ridiculous situations sometimes gave rise to hilarious consequences” says Basil Appollis. The music sparkles with spine-tingling harmonies, vibrant African percussion and the finest in local, Cape Town sounds under the baton of maestro extraordinaire Camillo Lombard.
“It is supper theatre with a difference and this quality interactive entertainment experience will give, especially our growing tourist market, an uplifting insight into the community of Cape Town” says show producer Richard Loring.