ONE of South Africa’s first television personalities will return to the spotlight later this month – this time among Plettenberg Bay theatre enthusiasts.
David Hall-Green – who along with Afrikaans actor Hans Strydom became the first person to welcome viewers to South Africa’s maiden national broadcast in January 1976 – established the Bitou Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS) with friend and Plett neighbour Roger Davis about two years ago.
Since then, the two have proved that Plettenberg Bay has a wealth of undiscovered acting talent and have managed to produce three successful plays.
And they are bringing their talent to Port Elizabeth from March 27 to 29 for four shows under the Pemads banner at the Little Theatre.
Hall-Green, who was also a professional actor in the 1950s and 1960s and had a 25-year journey with the SABC, is not only the BATS director but also puts his acting skills to use as a character in the play they will be performing – Old Actors Never Die . . . They Just Lose the Plot.
The farce by British playwright Lynn Brittney is about a retirement home for retired theatricals where they continue their lives of high drama. Among the characters is Edmund, a former well-known actor and philanderer, who arrives at the home to find his three ex-wives there.
Hall-Green said their first two plays were by Peter Gordon and part of his Inspector Pratt trilogy. “Our first play in September 2013 was titled Murdered to Death. Following its success we did another in the trilogy, The Secondary Cause of Death. Although successful, we had the feeling that Plett audiences were a bit ‘Pratt’ed’ out so we searched for a new play.”
This was when they came across Old Actors Never Die . . .They Just Lose the Plot. “It was so successful we had to bring in extra chairs in an already packed hall. People were still buying tickets at the door.”
When Pemads saw a DVD of the group of 11 actors’ performance, they invited them to Port Elizabeth.
Tickets for the shows on Friday March 27 to Sunday March 29 at 7.30pm as well as a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm are available at R70 a ticket from Computicket and the box office at the theatre.