Ben Voss’s new show, in which both Brits and South Africans are fair game

2010-06-22 00:00


Bend it Like Beauty

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban

FROM the moment Beauty Ramapelepele (aka Ben Voss) walks onto the stage clad in a gown made out of the South African flag to the last notes of the national anthem at the end of the show, I guarantee that you’ll be royally entertained.

Voss has just returned from a very successful run of his new show Bend it Like Beauty in the United Kingdom, during which his mouthy alter-ego happily castigated both Brits and South Africans living abroad.

Bend It Like Beauty sees the rich, black, opinionated and botoxed businesswoman-of-the-year back in South Africa after a stint in London, where she opened a new branch of her company Yebo Fabrics and helped Brits headed to South Africa for the World Cup to learn some survival tips.

She’s also the proud owner of a shiny new British passport and as a British citizen feels she can dish the dirt on both her new country and the one of her birth. Politicians from Zuma to Malema to Mugabe, British food, the controversy surrounding the King Shaka statue and even white men with no rhythm, are all targets for Voss.

The writer-actor’s wit is especially evident when he likens Britain and the Commonwealth countries to a matriarch and her family of misfits, and in the South African crime ­report, which is delivered in the style of a weather report. Very clever and very funny.

Beauty also spends much of the time giving her hapless assistant, Kobus, a rough time — payback perhaps for the years when she worked as his family’s domestic? Whatever the reason, it had the audience in stitches.

The political correctness police would have a fit if they saw Bend it like Beauty — but those with a sense of humour thought it was a hoot.

• Bend It Like Beauty is at the Elizabeth Sneddon until June 27. Booking is at Computicket.

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