Martin Evans, FBPK, Kalk Bay Theatre
Past Articles by This Author:
2012 South African Theatre Retrospective: Comedy and CabaretBWW Reviews: Compelling Comedy with Martin Evans in FBPK at the Kalk Bay TheatreBWW Reviews: Plenty of Laughs on the Cape Town Comedy Circuit with Oskar Brown and Pieter-Dirk Uys
After all, it is the inspiration that Evans found following the accident that grounds this show and pulls it together. Specifically, Evans talks about his rediscovery of Afrikaner culture and Afrikaners themselves following some rather melodramatic experiences during his upbringing in Alberton and a sojourn in Port Elizabeth that may or may not have been as traumatic as all that. Universally, it points to that part of our human journey that becomes more and more difficult in our technically driven world: the need to connect with the people around us and to value them for who they are. We may all be South African, but that does not mean we are homogenous. Indeed, it should not: rainbows are beautiful not only because they are a representative of the full spectrum of colour, but also because those colours are distinct even as they co-exist in harmony. I think that this is ultimately what made FBPK so successful for me: the show did not rely solely on being funny; it also had a heart. And the balance between the two is just about perfect.
FBPK (which carries an age restriction of 16) runs at the Kalk Bay Theatre from Wednesdays to Sundays until 25 November. Tickets for the show only cost R95 and bookings can be made online on the Kalk Bay Theatre website. Guests can also enjoy a delicious a la carte meal before the show, with coffee and dessert afterwards, when they can meet Martin.
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Born and bred in South Africa, David has loved theatre since the day he set foot on stage in his preschool nativity play. He graduated with a Master of Arts (Theatre and Performance) degree from the University of Cape Town in 2005, having previously graduated from the same university with a First Class Honours in Drama in 2002. An ardent essayist, David won the Keswick Prize for Lucidity for his paper "Homosexual Representation in the Broadway Musical: the development of homosexual identities and relationships from PATIENCE to RENT". Currently, he teaches Dramatic Arts at a high school in Cape Town and also freelances as a theatremaker and performer. |