Continuing on his national expedition Benny Bushwhacker (aka Ben Voss) ends his tour in Cape Town with his one-man show at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from December 10, to January 18.
‘Benny Bushwhacker : Human Nature’, opened at the 2019 National Arts Festival Makhanda (Grahamstown), where it won two Standard Bank Ovation Awards and has continued receiving rave reviews and full houses.
The genial South African, who recently trended worldwide for banging heads with swashbuckling British survivalist, Bear Grylls, has been touring South Africa’s theatres and festivals with a humorous, yet sobering look at the collision between man and environment.
For somebody who spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, Voss’s untainted humanity and delicious humour has had his audiences laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait, is common sense.
Whether it be his opinion on how to spot a know-it-all in Kruger, or the relative chances of his estranged wife, Brenda, replacing the buffalo in the Big 5, Benny delivers time and again with his unique sense of humour and classic bush logic. In the process he shares what it takes to survive the African bush…and for the African bush to survive.
While touring South Africa Benny Bushwhacker has been be raising an awareness and moola for the Lebombo Leopard – Human Conflict Survey. And while leopards are not known to change their spots, through this initiative, Benny will try to help humans to do so.
Benny Bushwhacker’s stories and experiences have been translated from bush to page by his unofficial biographer, John van de Ruit (of ‘Spud’ fame) and from page to stage by the lioness of theatre, Janice Honeyman.
“Ben and I have been friends and collaborators for over twenty years. In that time, I have had the best seat in the house to witness his talent and versatility as a comedic actor. He has the unique ability to capture reality and extremity, often simultaneously, with hilarious consequences. It does help that he was born with a rubber face, a razor-sharp mind and the body of Frankenstein. This made him the perfect fit for Benny Bushwhacker, a celebrity conservationist with a big heart and little education,” says Van de Ruit.
“Historically, Ben Voss and I have collaborated on both scripting and performance, but this time we have made a deliberate decision to separate ourselves into writer and actor. This means I won’t steal Benny’s favourite lines on stage, and he won’t tamper with my favourite lines in the script. I think that’s called collaborative uncoupling. It’s been a terrific time developing the idea of Benny Bushwhacker with Ben Voss, although of late it’s been rather difficult to tell the pair apart,” adds Van de Ruit.
* Tickets are R120, and R100 for Senior Citizens. Performances are on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8.15pm, with Saturday Matinees at 4pm. On Tuesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve, the performance is at 10pm and tickets cost R250.
Book via www.webtickets.co.za; or directly through the Baxter on 067 070 6855/021 685 7880.