21 Jul ’16
Cape Town – Adam Small was known for his poems and Afrikaans literature, and on Wednesday a host of actors and singers brought his work to life as they celebrated his legacy.
Friends, family and fans of the writer gathered at Artscape Theatre where they honoured him in a commemoration, Adam Small a Celebration of Life.
Small died on June 25 after a complication during vein bypass surgery, and was laid to rest at a private ceremony on July 5.
His widow Rosalie attended the event and gave thanks to people who had supported her since her husband’s death.
She said she was glad the commemoration was called a celebration of his life.
“It was a wonderful commemoration and it was wonderfully put together and everyone that performed, performed out of their hearts.”
The event saw the revival of the show Adam Small Bejazzed, that celebrated his works through songs and skits that referenced his work.
“Every poem that was read for him and in his honour was done beautifully and it was apt. The grand finale was very rousing and a very apt celebration of his life.”
Rosalie said the singing of Bette Midler’s song The Rose was one of her favourite parts of the celebration as that was a song she enjoyed with her husband.
“I would like people to take away what is important and that is that Adam was a great writer, poet and columnist and most importantly a person of great love and compassion for his family and others out there.”
Among the performers was Siphokazi Jonas, who recited a poem she wrote to commemorate Small and his work; Lauren Hannie who sang and did a skit based on Small’s poem Kanna Hy Kô Huistoe,and Lien Spies who recited one of his poems.
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille spoke before the performances and lauded Small’s life and works.
“He would use his craft to highlight the struggles of the working class in apartheid and he criticised apartheid through his work.”
De Lille said Cape Town was honoured to have Small as “a son of our city”.
“Let us keep his memory alive by reading his work, so generations to come can know about the brave voice that Adam Small was.”
Artscape director Marlene le Roux said they were glad to be hosting the event in memory of the legendary writer.
“Today is not about us. It is to say to Rosalie that you and your family willalways have a place in the heart of the Artscape.
“We lost a great man in our town, but he will always live on in our thoughts and in his books and poems.”