State of the heart was written by Amanda Strydom in 1993, one of her six one-woman music theatre shows. This show was crowned with a Dalro and two Showtime awards for Best Cabaret and Cabaret of the Year in 1994 and is still performed regular on public demand.
This timeless love story is placed in the time of the history of South Africa in the twenties to the seventies, a time of war when in spite of cruelty and sadness it was still believed that love would be victorious. It was a time when women were supposed to know their place, men wore suspenders, smoked Springbok Tobacco and Boeremeisies got married to Boereseuns. The time of the Second World War.
The young Afrikaans Maxi de Meyer then falls in love with an English pilot, Raymond G. Bartlett and as the love drama unfolds, sparks fly. Amanda Strydom masterly plays all the rolls- the grumpy Oupa Dikdaniël, Maxie, her childhood friend Sipho Motsepe, Stoffelina du Plooy from the Langkloof who has to sing with the band from the Baviaanskloof at her wedding, Dolly Parton, Maxie’s brother Willie, the stiff upperlip Frances Pennington-Smythe and many more .
Amanda sings in six languages: Afrikaans, English, French, German, Dutch and Zulu, accompanied on piano by Coenraad Rall.
“This is Strydom’s cabaret masterpiece and portrays her talent as actress, singer, writer and above all story teller.” -Janine Morris- Metro.
“You will leave with your heart singing” – Diane de Beer – Pretoria News.
Artists: Amanda Strydom & Coenraad Rall