"He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist."   Saint Francis of Assisi

Welcome and thank you for dipping into my site!

Qualifications - Art history & English - Unisa 1995.

Speech & Drama Licentuate - LTSD (Cum laude) - 2009. 

I am based on the beautiful KwaZulu Natal South Coast and have been involved in a cross section of the Arts – and especially theater & singing - from the age of twelve-ish. Perhaps a bit earlier if you count leaping out from behind the couch and doing some wayward ballet moves for my surprised & beloved parents... elaborate moves taught to me by my older sister who was determined that she was the teacher and I the pupil.

I studied English and History of Art and received my Speech & Drama Licentiate (Cum laude).

I love telling stories - I love listening to a story well told - we all do I think. Storytelling is as old as mankind - Herman Charles Bosman's stories and Shakespeare's stories are among my most favourites - both literary genii as relevant today as they were when they were written.

My passion for theater has taken me on a multitude of paths - and these are some of them that I am presently involved in:

* 1 & 2 man shows - across towns/dorps and festivals countrywide. (Please see 'Upcoming shows' page).

* Children's theater.

* Workshops - from 2 hour sessions - to a full day in: public speaking, poetry, improvisation, body language, public reading, mime & movement and voice production. Excellent for any person or group wanting to improve on communication (sales, teaching etc).

* Singing / soiree's.

* Please contact me directly regarding bookings of any of my shows and/or workshops for your theater, supper theater venue, school or function. Shows can be tailored for specific audiences, shortened or lengthened and constructed so as to include an interval or not.

Upcoming Show (2022):

Rustic meets Glam in Tunnel No 5 in Karkloof this  April!

  The Old Mushroom Farm is delighted to present a musical soirée-theater type evening on Saturday the 30th April.
Posh, passionate and playful is how this show is described.
For this elegant evening, Barbie Meyer, teams up with her partner in piano-crime, Jonathan Brauteseth. 
Hailing from opposite ends of the coastline, Barbie & Jonathan have become something of an institution in the music and performance industry around the country. They have been performing together for many years countrywide and form a formidable, hilarious and unique pair.
Totally at ease with each other other’s quirks they pair up to offer both haunting and playful duets. This is interspersed with hilarious bits of information about the ridiculousness of humanity seen through their eyes, each other and the lyrics they perform. Barbie & Jonathan appear to have the perfect recipe for performing heart felt lyrics whilst simultaneously providing improvised stand-up comedy with a dash of poetry between songs. These are two very different personalities with an enchanting connection.
Barbie is an actress yet admits that her first love is singing. This is immediately evident in the power and passion with which she delivers their perfectly chosen songs. Her voice together with Jonathan’s deep, gravelly tones has been described as ‘pouring double thick cream over rather roughly chopped mango’.

So don a pair of posh heels, slip on a crisp shirt and don’t miss out on an intimate evening of classy musical entertainment.
The Bistro will be open before the Show if you would like to have a bite to eat.
All are welcome to bring you own drinks & glasses - ’preferably crystal’, Barbie says!
To book: email info@theoldmushroomfarm.co.za or Whatsapp 060 470 1218.

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