IT IS THE 1960s, the time of the border war that saw the South African Police head to head with cadres of SWAPO, in what is today Namibia. Simon (Dawid Minnaar) and his wife Mia (Gretha Brazelle) are fugitives on the road to safer, less war-torn pastures in this gripping piece of Afrikaans-language radio theatre, which broadcasts on Radio Sonder Grense this Thursday evening.
It’s a violent tale of apartheid heavies and a lack of compassion, where the terrain is rotten with thugs and suspicion. We don’t know what this couple are fleeing from, but we do understand the Acapulco in question is not a Mexican destination. Rather it is a place cast into a Beckettian trope. It’s a utopia which promises a normalcy that is missing in the desperation central to their lives right now.
The story is crafted around a haunting piece of guitar music – evocative in a sense of the beautiful cavatina that enfolds the violence in Michael Cimino’s 1978 film The Deer Hunter – and it…
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