26April2017

Entertainment Theatre "Just Business" is Just the Right Show for a Great Laugh

"Just Business" is Just the Right Show for a Great Laugh

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Hannes van Wyk used to work at Foreign Affairs - when the Nats were in power.  He was given a retrenchment package to make way for the new elite to conduct foreign, home and personal affairs.  

Now Van Wyk runs a very successful “girlie club” called African Delights which is so successful that it provokes the interest of a Black Empowerment company, Mabuso and Associates, and their Chinese partners.  But Van Wyk is not particularly interested in sharing African Delights with anyone else, Africans or Chinese, which makes him the target of a hostile takeover., which is where the “removals company”, headed by the amiable Mr September comes in.  

Just Business is a scathing satire on the unscrupulous enrichment and greed in post-1994 South Africa.  First staged as Hostile Takeover by the Market Theatre on the main programme of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2006, the production has been reworked, updated and renamed as Just Business and promises to be even more provocative, uncompromising and funny than when Hostile Takeover was the runner-up in the PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing competition in 2005.  

The production is a three hander, directed by Fred  Abrahamse (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, R&J, Decadence, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Private Lives, Assassins) featuring the Fleur du Cap award winning actor Andre  Jacobs (Assassins, The Normal Heart); Kurt Egelhof (The  Island, Brothers in Blood) and Mbulelo Grootboom (Iago's Last Dance, Dame Janet Suzman's Hamlet). The set and costume design is by the Fleur du Cap award winning Marcel Meyer and lighting design is by Fred Abrahamse.

The season opens on 17th July running Tuesdays at 19h30 and from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h15 until  28th July. Tickets range from R50 to R85 via Computicket and Artscape’s Box Office: 0214217695. Special discounts are available for Pensioners and Students with valid ID and group bookings of 10 or more. The ‘Take a child to the theatre special’ on 19th July entitles one adult purchasing a R75.00 ticket, to two free tickets for children between 16 – 18 years of age.