Who’s Upstairs: Herman Voster

vosterHerman Vorster is the writer of bRENT: a Mobile Thriller, he will be starring in it from 24 March to 9 April.

Home town?
Pretoria

Tell us a little more about your show?
bRENT is a unique way of experiencing some social issues we struggle with in everyday life. We like to keep it a small audience based production so that we can really make it as intimate as possible. We begin by taking you on a little trip where three audience members drive along in a car with me while I start with the show. As the story unfolds we end up at a secret location where we get confronted by what is happening in the world. The show is designed so that you could get to know your opinion around certain issues and maybe understand the oppressed.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
This year I will be touring with bRENT. We go back to Pretoria after this for a two week run before we go to Grahamstown. After Grahamstown we wil perform the show in Bloemfontein at the Free State Arts Festival. We go to Johannesburg. Then we are hoping for another run in Pretoria and for a run at the Capetown Fringe Festival

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I always dreamed of playing a lead in a full featured film. I imagine a character who might not be the typical protagonist the world sees in all the movies but rather a everyday joe. The other dream that came true was meeting Hugh Jackman when I played in the international film Chappie.

How did you get into theatre?
I played a lead in my school revue in grade 6. I fell in love with entertaining a crowd. The day where I had to choose what I wanted to study my father sat down with me and said I should choose something I love and have a passion for. He said it has much more value to wake up in the morning and love doing what you do than making tons of money.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
First I would have dinner with Hugh Jackman to give him real “braaivleis”
Secondly I would like have dinner with the first ever Charlie Chaplin ( Sir Charles Chaplin ) and give him zinger wings from KFC till he says a word.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Bloubergstrand

What excites you about theatre?
The fact that we can create a new world for an audience to experience. For an hour or more we can take people out of their own issues and entertain them.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Not to rely on any theatre practitioner. Just because you are friends with someone doesn’t mean they will provide good quality work.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Quintin Wills. His work ethic is just amazing and if you trust him for the picture he wants to create then I guarantee it will be a success.