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Boetman is die bliksem in

Baxter Theatre Centre
05/17/2001 00:00:00
Press Release






Boetman is die Bliksem in!, the most sensational box-office hit on the Afrikaans theatre circuit, is coming to Cape Town. The play will run at the Baxter's Main Theatre from 12 to 16 June, and at the Baxter Concert Hall from 21 to 30 June.
 
Boetman premiered in September last year at the Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. The production was sold out three weeks in advance and received standing ovations at every performance. At the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in April tickets were once again sold out, and were even traded on the black market.
 
The documentary play is based on the most heated debate ever in the Afrikaans Press. Sparked by SABC journalist Chris Louw's open letter to Dr Willem de Klerk, former newspaper editor and brother of FW de Klerk, it deals in no uncertain terms with the power-hungry "ooms" of Apartheid, the Broederbond and the Angolan Border War.
 
The debate continues that these fallen pillars of power created their own holy trinity - Broederbond, church and Christian National Education - to intimidate, indoctrinate, mislead and ultimately betray two generations of Afrikaners.
 
The central focus of the play is the consequences the "total onslaught" mentality and the Border War had on today's white males between 35 to 55 years of age. The trauma of former national servicemen, who were scared both physically and mentally, and the agony of their families is laid at the feet if the Apartheid leaders who sent them to die "volk en vaderland".
 
The suffering of people of colour, specifically the impimpis and those who served in the Cape Corps and 32 Battalion, is also highlighted. In a surprising twist at the end of the play, the sardonic voice of a Black man adds the perspective of a lost generated of freedom fighters.
 
The play was written by acclaimed Afrikaans playwright Pieter Fourie and directed and designed by Marthinus Basson. It stars Dawid Minnaar, Cobus Rossouw, Sandra Kotzé and Albert Snyman.
 
The team of Fourie, Basson and Minnaar made South African theatre history last year by taking 14 FNB Vita Awards out of 21 nominations for Fourie's previous production, Ek, Anna van Wyk. These were the most Vitas to be awarded to a single production in the 17 years since the inception of the prestigious theatre accolade.
 
After the run in the Baxter, Boetman will be performed at the Main Festival of the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The play will also be performed in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands in August, pending the availability of cast members.

Bookings for the run in the Baxter have already opened at Computicket.