Grootpad na Klein Kop by Lee Doubell


Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen


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.

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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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