Guys and dolls – My View by Robyn Sassen


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


“GIRLS” of your fantasies? Photograph courtesy

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OCCASIONALLY, YOU FIND a radio play which has the wisdom to splay open a socially controversial issue by engaging your intellectual muscle as well as all your funny bones. Doller as kopaf is a hilarious  and brilliant spot of social commentary, crisply focused and beautifully constructed around the idiosyncrasies, morals and flaws of a community. Focused on the curious, yet contemporary issue of sex robots, it’s yet another reason, courtesy of Radio Sonder Grense, for you to stay home this Thursday.

Written by William Oosthuizen, this Afrikaans-language radio drama features some of South African theatre’s best known performers, including Tobie Cronjé, Rika Sennett and Elize Cawood. But that’s not the only reason this is a must-listen piece. When Freek (Paul Lückoff) decides to acquire a plastic pin up girl with all the nooks and crannies of a real woman, for his own pleasure, his friends degenerate into…

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