Groundbreaking Afrikaans opera set to dazzle at Aardklop

2014-10-02 15:24
Jean-Marie Korff

Cape Town – A truly South African Afrikaans opera, POSKANTOOR, will be making its debut at the annual Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom.

The opera, a first of its kind in the 21st century, is set in a post office and consists of five parts.

POSKANTOOR is directed by Jaco Bouwer (Rooiland, Balbesit), written by award-winning playwright Tertius Kapp and stars talented opera singers Lynelle Kenned and Magdalene Minnaar.

A short summary of the synopsis:
Grethe, a widow who has quite the reputation in Karkaskraal, is on the verge of leaving this small town, but her plans get delayed when a struggling car guard, Napoleon, declares his love for her.
Ronel and Saartjie both work with Grethe at the post office under the watchful eye of Post Master Smit. Smit has his eye on Grethe and feels he also deserves his turn with her like all the other men allegedly had.

When Ronel and Saartjie discover an invitation to the opening of an opera theatre in Venice addressed to Smit, they try to convince him to take one of them with. Smit however is only interested in Grethe, who declares her love for Napoleon.

In a cunning twist, Smit appoints Napoleon as Assistant Post Master and tells him to sharpen the discipline inside the post office. Napoleon’s acceptance of the job not only means the end of any chance Smit has with Grethe, but also results in him making a new arch enemy, Ronel – she has worked for the post office for 17 years.

Suppressed by the men in the office, the three women unite and come up with a cunning plan that the men did not see coming.

Watch this promotional video for POSKANTOOR:

POSKANTOOR will be performed during the Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom in October.


7 October at 14:30
8 October at 20:30
9 October at 14:30
Venue: Sanlam Ouditorium

Click here to book your ticket.