Celebrated playwright and actor David Kramer talks about his new play 'Orpheus in Africa'
He is one of South Africa’s leading entertainment icons. We fell in love with him in the 80’s with his red veld-skoene, bicycle and down to earth charm and he has since become a multi-award winning international musical theatre director and producer with shows running on the West End and Broadway for years.
Kramer was born in Worcester, South Africa to a furniture merchant and a hairdresser, and spent his formative years in Worcester. He began his music career in the mid-1970s, singing at folk clubs and campus concerts in South Africa. David pioneered the use of Cape Afrikaans and South African English in his lyrics, often using both languages in the same song.
David and Taliep Petersen first met in the mid-’70s at a folk concert staged by Des and Dawn Lindberg at the University of Cape Town. In 1986 he collaborated with Petersen on the highly acclaimed stage musical District Six, a politically influenced musical telling the story of the people of District Six in Cape Town, South Africa that were forcibly removed from the area during apartheid. It was produced by the Baxter Theatre and his wife, Renaye Kramer, and opened in April 1987.