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Evita and the Kaktus of Separate Development

Artslink, 13 May 2017


South Africa’s first lady, Evita Bezuidenhout, is back at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg from 23 May to 11 June 2017.


Evita Bezuidenhout tramples where comrades fear to tread!

First there was 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'.

Soon there will be 'Harry Potter and the Houses of Parliament'.

Now you have 'Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development'.

Do we have to break news in order to heal a nation?

How much of our past is Fake News?

How much of our present are Alternative Facts?

How much of our future is just black on white?

And after what tweet does an icon become an aikona?

Join me on my great trek from 1652, through 1820 and via 1910 into 1994.

And beyond the rainbow into the place where the pot of gold once was.

My name is Evita Bezuidenhout.

And I am an optimistic South African!


Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development

At Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre Johannesburg from 23 May to 11 June 2017.

Performances: Wednesday – Friday at 20:00, Saturday at 16:00 and 20:00 and Sunday at 15:00.

Tickets: R180, R130 and R100.

Book at Computicket.







It started in 1995 as the first show at Evita se Perron in Darling.


Every Sunday Tannie Evita peeled the onion of South African history, exposing the lies and the fantasies and delving deeper into where we were and where we are going. Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus became the longest running show in South Africa.


At last it has left the Swartland to confront one of the most controversial issues in our democracy: the real history of South Africa and the right to laugh at the lies.


Today everyone is free to celebrate a story of survival — all except the Afrikaner. While their history was the foundation to everyone’s story from 1652 to 1994, it takes the most famous white woman in South Africa to bring out the truth and expose the spin. Harry Potter and Indiana Jones would be envious.


Assisted by visual aids reflecting a familiar terrain of history, from the arrival of a small Dutch ship called the Drommedaris to the coronation of a former political prisoner called Madiba, Evita will take her audience on a unique great trek as she follows the journey of the Kaktus of Separate Development (Kaktaceae Apartica) from its arrival in 1652 to its reinvention in 1994 — right up to the headlines of today.


Not for the fainthearted who still believe that civilization arrived with Jan van Riebeeck!



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