Chester Missing, South Africa’s most famous, contentious political puppet, from eTV’s ‘Late Night News with Loyiso Gola’, has embarked on a blazing national road show which will show at the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio from February 14 to 23. Unfortunately for Chester he is accompanied by his annoying ventriloquist Conrad Koch and Conrad’s puppet sidekicks Hilary, the outrageous diva Ostrich and Ronnie, the lunatic green monster. Chester wants to be the star, but these other foolish characters keep getting in the way.
As a political analyst Missing has broken new ground with his outrageous hard hitting, funny and frank interviews with South Africa’s political elite that include Gwede Mantashe, Zwelinzima Vavi, Helen Zille, Mosioua Lekota, Blade Nzimande, Patricia De Lille, Bantu Holomisa and others.
It is unprecedented world-wide that a puppet like Chester Missing is able to talk so frankly and directly with the ruling party and opposition alike. He is also a weekly columnist for the award winning news site www.zanews.co.za
Armed with a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology, Koch is recognised as SA’s top ventriloquist, unique at combining cultural insights with hilarious commentary and puppetry. He is constantly exploring new directions in the ventriloquial art form where the drama of politics lends itself to satire and the theatre stage.
‘The Chester Missing Roadshow’ is directed by award-winning Heinrich Reisenhofer.
* Ticket prices are R90 for the previews and R130 for all other performances. Book at Computicket, or call the Baxter on 021 685 7880.