On stage with three musicians, Aviva Pelham tells the story of her mother’s journey from war-torn Europe to Africa in the acclaimed Santa’s Story.
Accompanied by three superb musicians, Aviva Pelham recounts the fascinating story of her mother’s journey from war-torn Europe to a new life in Africa in the acclaimed production Santa’s Story at the Theatre on the Bay from 10 – 15 October, a limited season before the Australian tour.
Santa Erder Pelham was pitted against huge and terrifying forces, but this ordinary woman – then just 17 years old – overcame every harrowing experience to make her way to safety and to start of a family that today honours her memory.
When Santa turned 90, she was persuaded to tell her fascinating life story in detail, and “over cups of tea” she and her granddaughter Gabi Sulcas “laughed and cried” as they followed Santa’s footsteps from her happy childhood in a small German town, to her life as a refugee in Spain and France, and her new life and eventual happiness in first Rhodesia and then South Africa.
“After the critical success of the book, we knew Santa’s story, with its universal themes, needed to reach a wider audience, and who better to make it come alive than my mother, performer Aviva Pelham. She spent countless hours converting the book into a script, and then the script into a live performance that not only captured the essence of Santa but honoured all she’d lived through.” (Gabi Sulcas)
So, come and immerse yourself in this “compelling and captivating” narrative, interspersed with music and songs in French, Yiddish, Spanish, English and Hebrew. Aviva is accompanied by Musical Director Matthew Reid on clarinet and saxophone; Petri Salonen on violin and Nicky Jansen on keyboard, guitar, accordion and flute. And don’t miss the chance to meet the cast after the performance.