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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


(Ben Voss & John van de Ruit)

Known for their satirical sketches, Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele) and John van de Ruit (Spud) join forces to have audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter as their fast-paced humour takes a savagely funny look at all that is wrong and very wrong in the Rainbow Nation in their latest show – Mamba Republic, which opens at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre tonight (May 17) and concludes on June 4.

“It is good to be back on stage with Johnny bringing our third Mamba show to life. Scripting it has been such a fun journey already, and we can’t wait to share it with the rest of the country!” an enthusiastic Voss stated.

With their unique blend of sharp wit, hopeless optimism and clever characterisation, the duo sinks their fangs into the fiascos, farces and foibles of South African life. Whether it is their unique take on fees must fall, state capture, online dating, the economy, sport, technology, racism, an alternative national anthem, or even the most unusual football match in living memory, Mamba Republic will have you rolling in the aisles at the utter absurdity of life at the foot of Africa.

Internationally acclaimed author, van de Ruit said, “Fellow Saffas, you are in for a treat! It has been said before that we, as South Africans, are really good at laughing at the state of our nation. We will be reminding audiences how much there is to laugh at ... and adding a bit of a mamba twist.”

Adding to the duo on stage, the behind the scene team is spear-headed by Durban theatre leader and visionary, Mervyn McMurtry as Director and Designer. In charge of lighting the set is Lighting Designer extraordinaire, Michael Broderick.

Mamba Republic follows in the footsteps of Green Mamba (2002) and Black Mamba (2005) which together racked up over 800 performances in five years, winning numerous awards and developing a cult following all over Southern Africa.

Voss and van de Ruit are pleased to present their third offering in the trilogy of Mambas with their brand new show Mamba Republic that comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from May 17 to June 4.

There is a GPSA Booking Special: reserve 10 and only pay for 8. Contact Ailsa on 0832502690 or email: or 0315612371 ext 126 (09h00 to 16h00 o/h - closed on Mondays) Bookings can also be made through any Computicket Outlet, but the Booking Special is exclusive to GoingPlacesSA!

The show is due to travel to the National Arts Festival in July (Main Programme), Auto & General Theatre on the Square in August and The Hilton Arts Festival in September.