Friends pulling punches

2016-05-10 06:00
Edwin van der Walt and Dean-John Smith star in A Cock and Bull**** Story at Theatre on the Bay.

Edwin van der Walt and Dean-John Smith star in A Cock and Bull**** Story at Theatre on the Bay.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Friendship, sexuality and mutual dependence are delicately explored in Richard Zajdlic and Richard Crowe’s “knockout hit play” A Cock and Bull**** Story.

Marthinus Basson directs this exciting two-hander filled with male bravado as Edwin van der Walt and Dean-John Smith reimagine the story in contemporary suburban Cape Town.

The piece follows TJ (Smith), a promising young boxer on the eve of a bout that could make or break his career. He is waiting for his friend Jaco (Van der Walt), who always prepares him both mentally and physically for his fights. TJ’s confidence has waned after a humiliating defeat against tonight’s opponent – and Jaco is late.

For TJ boxing is not just a passion, it’s an escape from his lower middle-class background and a passport to a better life. Jaco on the other hand has to measure himself against the long shadow cast by his father, a local legend with underworld connections and notoriety as a street fighter. But tonight is a battle of a different kind. Instead of measuring their strength in the ring TJ and Jaco will test the limits of friendship in the locker room. V A Cock and Bull**** Story will be at Theatre on the Bay from Tuesday 17 until Saturday 28 May. Tickets cost between R100 and R180 and can be booked on 021 438 3300.WIN! WIN! WIN! V Five readers can each win double tickets to see the play. Send an email to with “People’s Post” in the subject line before Friday 13 May to enter.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.