Following hard-on-its-heels of the ground-breaking introduction of a heritage identification programme for Plettenberg Bay and its environs initiated two years ago, the Van Plettenberg Historical Society together with Plettenberg Bay Rotary, has now participated actively in the production of an environmental record of the historic, sporting and social features of the area. This is probably the first of its kind to be produced in South Africa and will hopefully be the precursor to many more.
The design and research for the map consumed many tens of hours by the team of William and Astrid Ashurst of the Dreamlink Design Studio in Plettenberg Bay. The Al-size map illustrates the geographical features of the area from West of Robberg to Kurland in dramatic representation and in full colour. The obverse is a directory of services available in the town where it will be distributed free to all accommodation and retail facilities. In excess of 20 000 maps will be printed.
The recent annual general meeting of the VPHS served as the ideal opportunity for William Ashurst (right) to present the map to the VPHS represented by project co-ordinator David Rowe.
“Rep”, as it has been known for scores of years, has been the hard-knocks training ground of many famous (and not so famous) actors. Although for obvious reasons, the vast majority of them have been British, there have been a few South Africans who have taken the plunge into unfamiliar waters abroad, including Patrick Mynhardt, Estelle Kohler, Syd James and Lawrence Harvey. As we know, Syd James became one of the leading lights of the “Carry On” team, while Lawrence Harvey had a distinguished career as a leading actor on screen.
Weekly Rep involved joining a theatre company for either a summer or a winter season of roughly twenty weeks and performing a new play every week. This is very different from Repertoire Theatre, where four or five plays are repeated throughout the season. Weekly Rep meant rehearsing the next play during the day while performing the current play each night and then going home to study the script for the next morning’s rehearsal.
After DAVID HALL-GREEN started in British Rep at the age of 21 in 1960, he worked and toured with various theatrical companies throughout the 1960s. He will share with us some of his often hilarious anecdotes, liberally illustrated with his personal photographs, theatre programmes and posters – recalling a long-gone era of more than half a century ago.
Phone Mike Kantey at 072 628 5131 for further information.
Seats are limited and unreserved, so come early if you want to be sure of a good seat.