Do you catch yourself weeping while watching reality stars split up, or find yourself fervently watching MTV’s Othello: the high-school years rather than reading the play? Counter-act the locust that is popular culture and experience a proper slice of culture with today’s Groupon: a green-bean stew and a complimentary ticket for the accompanying show at the historical Dorpstraat Theatre for R39.
Set between the vineyards and mountains of Summerhill Farm – just outside Stellenbosch – the backdrop of the iconic Dorpstraat Theatre comes straight out of a tear-jerking epic – minus the unnecessary weeping. Quite possibly the oldest restaurant theatre in South Africa, Dorpstraat Theatre is a head-in-the-clouds kind of establishment that offers the best in entertainment, food and enchanted evenings. A respected platform for both established and emerging artists, Dorpstraat Theatre has lodged the likes of Karen Zoid, Marc Lottering, Van Coke Kartel and many more.
Because theatre and nourishing nibbles go together better than oil tycoons and pre-nups, take a seat in the theatre’s gorgeous restaurant and enjoy a steaming green-bean stew; a healthy and homely dish with flavours that whisper home-cooking and ‘hey, I’m delicious’. Once your tummy is as content as magpie with a medallion, treat your senses to one of the scintillating shows playing on that date. On 22 September, show some love to your lobes with a musical evening featuring music by Melanie Basson – a modern-day nightingale with a soprano sound – and bluesy acoustic guitar from Rob Bolten, featuring bass by Schalk Joubert. For 29 September, keep your eyes peeled, as the show is still to be announced on the Dorpstraat Theatre’s website http://website.dorpstraat.co.za.
Break out of your cardboard box of reality shows and really skinny socialites and enjoy an artistic and cultural experience that’ll put the milk and sugar in your intellectual tea.
Theatre fact: When watching a Broadway play in New York, a vicious critic who also happens to be the Sensei of a Zen spa, threw his cell phone at one of the actors when he forgot his line and fled the venue in a batman cloak.