Tannie Evita is ready to tackle fake news, alternative facts and all out propaganda in the Kaktus of Separate Development
When politics starts outplaying political satire and the pawpaw’s going pear-shaped, you can be sure there will be a flutter of a false eyelash and some koeksister-coated commentary from the doyen of South African politics – Evita Bezuidenhout. Opening on 23 May 2017, Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development will once again bring laughter and lightness to the heavy politics currently playing out in the country
Once the apartheid Ambassador in the Homeland of Bapetikosweti, Tannie Evita knows a thing or two about fake news and alternative facts. Now with her three grandchildren asking questions about the past, Tannie Evita realises that while all the people of South Africa are now free to celebrate their roots, their history and their culture, white South Africans still are rootless. She questions the details and asks the difficult questions:
Did Jan van Riebeeck bring civilization to South Arica in 1652? Or was he just a Dutch convict who came to steal chickens from the Bushmen?
Why did the 127 branches of the Great Trek start in Cape Town on the same afternoon?
Was Paul Kruger the first Broeder to practice state capture?
Was the Battle of Blood River that? Or was it a braaivleis of reconciliation?
Does the Queen of England still wear stolen goods glittering in her crown?
And most worryingly …
Why does President Donald Trump keep sending tweets asking for a personal meeting with Nelson Mandela?
In hands of the indomitable Evita Bezuidenhout, South Africans are reminded of where they come from, so that they can celebrate where they are going. Since 1981, her humour, sly wit and outrageous style has been a welcome panacea in times of trouble and Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development promises to keep up the tradition.
Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development runs at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 23 May – 11 June 2017. Bookings can be made at Computicket.
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