The production Donkie has had an amazing journey, starting at the Stellenbosch Woordfees with 6 sold out shows! The rest is history. Since 2019 Frank Opperman has done shows all over the country. At the Aardklop Art Festival 2019 2,000 tickets were sold. It has just been Sold Out! Sold Out! Sold Out! Everywhere.
In Donkie we meet Mr. Barry Swart, the 58 year old principle of the Highschool Hans Oosthuizen, a previous model -C school. “Donkie“is the nickname everyone uses for the school principle.
Frank Opperman is back with a brand new one-man show and it promises to be more touching than his previous shows and have audiences in stiches of laughter.
In “Donkie” we meet Mr. Barry Swart, 58 year old principle of the High School Hans Oosthuizen, a formal model C-school. The nickname everyone has chosen for him is “Donkie”.
Mr. Swart is under great pressure due to an article in a Sunday Newspaper about the decline of his proud school. The academic achievement of the learners needs improvement and the first rugby team has lost the last five matches.
They are experiencing disciplinary problems and there has been an incident in one of the classes. It also seems that Afrikaans will, one of these days, no longer be the teaching language.
The governing body, as well as some of the parents and teachers wants to nail him. He is considering resigning and then, one Monday morning, he decides to explain his situation….
Artists: Frank Opperman