“Tannie Evita” to deliver State of the Nation Address at The Boardwalk
Hilarious Afrikaans socialite and self-proclaimed political activist, Evita Bezuidenhout, is headed straight from Luthuli House to The Boardwalk in February 2017 to enlighten, entertain and inspire fans.
For over 30 years, Evita, known as the most famous “white woman” in the country, has been a part of the lives of all South Africans, addressing often-sensitive and topical issues with humour and grace. She has posed as everything from the “Embassadress” of the fictitious Bapetikosweti to a “kugel” who addressed apartheid in a rather controversial manner. The Boardwalk now presents Evita as an honorable member of the ANC in her all new State Of The Nation Address.
Fans can expect to see Evita focus on women and address the state of family values in this realistically hysterical show, encouraging audiences to remember their roots in order to embrace and celebrate where they are headed. True to form, Evita never uses bad language or any tasteless references. Instead, with absolute respect, she instills hope in the future of the country and she brings across her point ever so clearly: the people must lead and the government will follow.
“Evita will be here in Port Elizabeth to inspire, enlighten and help her audiences along the path of optimism and hope for a better South Africa for all. Don’t miss what promises to be a tremendously entertaining show,” says Vuyiswa King, Events & Entertainment Manager at The Boardwalk.
Pieter Dirk Uys, who is Evita, was inspired to create this character by the Australian comedian, Barry Humphries’s character Dame Edna Everage. Evita was created and named in honour of the late Eva Perón, stage radio and film actress, former First Lady of Argentina and Women’s Rights Activist. By creating and introducing Evita in 1982, Uys was able to use her as a medium to address the ridiculous racial policies of the apartheid government in his unique way.
Much of Uys’s work was not censored back then, indicating a possibly concealed approval of what he was doing by leaders of the government. As a kugel, Evita once said, “There are two things wrong with South Africa: one’s apartheid and the other’s black people,” which was inaccurately attributed to Uys himself at one stage.
Be sure to share in the comedy and laughter and take in the wise words of “Tannie Evita” at The Boardwalk’s Amphitheatre at 19h30 from 16 to 18 February. Tickets are available from Computicket and cost R130 per person.
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