An afternoon with Evita Bezuidenhout
It is 2016. We are in the 22nd year of our democracy and Evita Bezuidenhout is still with us. For the last 35 years she has been in the public domain, firstly as the SA Ambassador to the Independent Black Homeland of Bapetiskosweti, and then once Nelson Mandela dissolved the Bantustans into one homeland called South Africa, she went into his kitchen and cooked for him. Now still regarded as the most famous white woman in the country, she has taken over the kitchen in Luthuli House where as a member of the ANC she cooks for reconciliation, having put the Cabinet on a strict diet.
Her three born-free grandchildren have challenged her to protect democracy for the future generations to enjoy. As she says: “Boer maak ‘n plan.” So spend a special matinee with her on Sunday, November 6, at either 3pm or 6.30pm, in the Artscape Theatre and join her in focusing on the news of the day with humour, confronting the realities of a rainbow nation in some trouble with optimism, and always keeping the glass half-full.
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SA debut of “in-yer-face” British play
On returning from their recent US Tour, the celebrated creative team of Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer will present the South African première of ‘Over There’ – one of the latest controversial plays by the enfant terrible of British Theatre, Mark Ravenhill – at the Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre in Strand Street, from November 7 to 26.
Ravenhill burst onto the scene twenty years ago when his provocative masterpiece ‘Shopping and F**king’ opened at the Royal Court in 1996. Over the next two decades Ravenhill has established himself as the leading exponent of “in-yer-face” theatre, with a string of successes like ‘Handbag’, ‘Mother Clap’s Molly House’ and ‘Some Explicit Polaroids’.
‘Over There’ was commissioned by the London’s Royal Court and the Schaubüne, Berlin in 2009 as part of their Off the Wall season, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Ravenhill’s play ingeniously scrutinises the problematic re-unification of Germany by personifying the clashing ideologies of capitalism and communism as twin brothers, Karl and Franz.
‘Over There’ garnered five-star reviews from the British press upon its debut.
For bookings, visit alexanderbar.co.za. This production carries an 18 age restriction.
Tobie Cronjé back in comedic mode
‘My Fat Friend’, a comedy written by Charles Laurence, directed by André Odendaal, and starring much-loved funny man Tobie Cronjé, will be on stage at Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay, from Wednesday, November 9, to Saturday, November 26.
This comedic production follows the travails of Vicky Hope (Michelle Botha), an overweight girl struggling to manage her figure. She’s an expat living in London and running a vintage book shop. One day a handsome stranger, Tom, stumbles into her shop. On the lookout for travel books as he is on the verge of departing to Iran for a four month working engagement, he strikes up a fling with Vicky – who seems unable to comprehend that this guy is unperturbed by her weight. The two hit it off completely on the only night they spend together and agree to keep in touch during the four months and resume where they left matters when he returns.
The only problem is Vicky’s housemate and best friend Henri (Cronje), an older gentleman who loves nothing so much as to meddle in Vicky’s affairs. He suggests to her that she should use the four month interval in the budding romance to lose the pounds and knock Tom’s socks off when he returns to London. But Tom seemingly fell for the “original” Vicky. Will Vicky 2.0 therefore be to his liking?
“It’s a fine art indeed to steal the show without completely running away with it,” Peter Tromp wrote about Cronje’s performance in his review of the Afrikaans version of the show, ‘Vettie Vettie’, in 2014.
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Five lucky readers can win double tickets to ‘My Fat Friend’. Send your name and “My Fat Friend” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com, before 12pm on Friday, November 4. Good luck!