MURDER AND VIOLENCE have become so commonplace in South Africa these days that they often don’t make it to national headlines as they once may have. And in erasing the grand narrative from public awareness, the underlying personal tales of love and hope, of disappointment and stargazing get completely lost. Or do they? Grootpad na Klein Kop is this week’s Afrikaans-language radio play on RSG. Written by Lee Doubell, it reflects on how the universal truths of holding on to the one you love is bigger than a political drama.
Gawie (Anton Dekker) and Susan (Elize Cawood) are a married couple in their 70s. They’re vegetarian cattle farmers. He has a love for Van Morrison. She had a difficult relationship with her hair until she was in her 60s. They have a son and a daughter and some unexpected grandchildren on the way. Theirs has been a life coloured by the complexity of the land and the faux security of how the future can be plotted.
The play opens with the sharp interruption…
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