The doorway to the world of David Kramer’s imagination is in a special place among the melkhoutbome (white milkwood) that he planted at the bottom of his garden more than 25 years ago. He’s always liked the trees (protected in SA) and their presence even inspired him to imagine building a tree house a few years ago. What materialised instead was "a place in the trees", a ground-level writing room which, while depriving wife Renaye of her view of the sea, has become the space where more of the famous Kramer magic happens.

In fact it’s where most of his new musical, Langarm, was written in the early hours of the morning, while sleep eluded him. "I found that a very good time to write, coming out of a dream situation into a very peaceful, quiet, dark space. I enjoyed that," he says. It feels almost as still, on the day we meet for this interview, with Kramer wearing his trademark black hat, on-trend checked blazer, black polo neck and pants, accessorised with brightly coloured st...

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