Inherit South Africa presents The First World Champions, the story of the legendary 1937 Springbok rugby team in New Zealand, as told by renowned speaker Michael Charton.
Charton – acclaimed for his story My Father’s Coat in which which explores the story of South Africa through the eyes of five prominent and interwoven characters – stumbled upon the untold story of the 1937 Springboks in an old Cape Town bookstore. Inspired, he set about locating and scouring the personal scrapbooks and albums of these old Springboks, so unearthing a collection of extraordinary anecdotes: their unlikely bond with the Maori people, the last Springbok “Haka” and a young Jewish star who would find his way into Hitler’s bunker. The story of The First World Champions weaves together the key characters of the tour into a compelling narrative which celebrates the amateur era of sport and taps an emotional vein of nostalgia.
On the eve of the historic test match against the All Blacks at Newlands, Charton explores the origins of this old rivalry and introduces his audience to a team of gentleman who, 80 years ago, almost to the day, sealed what is arguably Springbok Rugby’s finest ever accomplishment.
All proceeds are to be donated to Richard Smith, a good South African and rugby man, to aid him and his family through their recovery from serious injury.
Venue: Nassau Theatre, Groote Schuur High School, 77 Palmyra Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.45pm for 7pm, until 8.15pm
Cost: R250 (incl. good quality drinks and snacks throughout the evening)
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