The Bitterbek Blues of Ben (die Breker) Bartman

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A satirical solo piece by Harry Kalmer, about a South African all-in wrestler who lands in a coma in 1986 and only wakes up fourteen years later. He finds a new South Africa where his doctors speak in Spanish, Naas Botha does not play rugby any more, the country has a black government and his wife is married to another man.

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Performance history in South Africa

Performed at the 2002 KKNK, directed by Harry Kalmer, with Tobie Cronjé as Ben. Staged in the State Theatre later in 2002.


Die Burger, 2 April 2002.

The Star, 30 July 2002.

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