A new venture by Richard Loring and his business partner, Roland Seidel, has been launched in Sea Point, Cape Town and brings supper theatre, with a difference, to our city. Telling "Kaapse Stories" via song, dance and comic interaction, this will show you the inner heart of our multi-cultural city!
Richard Loring is originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands and made his move to South Africa in the early 1970's. African Footprint, amongst many other achievements, made him famous and this production ran for 6 years in Johannesburg and has toured Australia, China, Europe, Israel, India, Mexico and the USA . With his wealth of experience in all forms of entertainment, Richard has recently opened his new concept which brings to life the "Cape Culture" which is so unique to Cape Town.
As tourists to foreign countries, we always look to absorb and experience the culture of the countries we visit and we hope that foreigners to our shores will be open-minded enough to do the same even if they don't always understand the language of the locals or their incredible sense of humour!
The Western Cape, in particular, has the unique "Cape" culture - full of humour and fun.
I will never forget our introduction to the Maori culture of North Island, New Zealand. Their music spoke to my soul and I still play the CD whenever I wish to recapture that experience of their song and dance. In all countries, there is something unique and, even in many cases, to the region or city of a country. The culture of the many people that make up Cape Town is so very rich in it's variations, traditions, song and dance.
The talent that is involved in this venture is a total eye-opener and from the most unexpected sources.
The voices soar, the tales of a local family grab your attention and the local vibe comes through very strongly. It's funny, it's sad, its a party and an opportunity to view the local flavour, both in delicious food and theatre.
The Bistro is on street level for those who just want something to eat if do not have time for the show. Do go upstairs to the bar - it is a Richard Loring Special - showcasing memorabilia from 50 years of show biz!
A new place on the Cape Town scene which will hopefully bring you the "Rainbow Nation" colours in a new and vibrant musical way whilst enjoying the flavours of the Cape on your plate as well!
Book via Computicket.
Web sites for more background info:
www.richardloring.co.za or www.africanfootprint.com
On the night we visited, the entire crowd was just so receptive and amazing and even applauded one particular song with a standing ovation!!!
Cape Town is blessed with many theatres - check out Theatre on the Bay, Artscape, Baxter etc for a wide variety of shows. Theatre is truly alive and well in our Mother City.