Bend it Like Beauty

Bend it Like Beauty

“invest in Africa – buy a politician!” Ben Voss as Beauty Ramapelepele

One of South Africa’s sharpest and most uncompromising satirists, Ben Voss unleashes an alter-ego who represents the face of the new South Africa – the rich, black, opinionated and botox-ed Business Woman of the Year, Beauty Ramapelepele. Here she celebrates winning the largest fabric contract in South African history through expert insider dealing: the manufacture and supply of all costumes for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup.

A cross between Lily Savage, Dame Edna Everage and Rory Bremner, Beauty brings her sharp mind, and even sharper tongue, to a post-election London with a brand new show that sees the British join the ranks of her satirical targets alongside South African politicians, international soccer stars, and Robert Mugabe.

The rise of the extraordinary character of Beauty Ramampelepele has been meteoric. She is best known for her stage show “Beauty and the BEE” as well as her scathing satirical revue on both Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio, both stations with well over 1.5 million listeners nationwide. Her shows have had sell out successes in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria, Harare, Gaborone and elsewhere. She has shared the stage with Piter Dirk Uys’s Evita and is fast becoming a leading South African personality as Africa’s Dame Edna Everage.

Ben Voss and his outrageous alter-ego were spotted by Oval House Theatre at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2009. Shocking audiences with an audacious eulogy to Robert Mugabe, Voss also courted controversy with his statement that “Mugabe is like a floater in the toilet. You keep flushing and flushing, but he keeps on coming back”. Oval House Theatre commissioned Voss to write a new show for Beauty in the lead up to the World Cup in South Africa, and Bend it Like Beauty has its world premiere at Oval House before returning to South Africa in June. Tart tongued and outrageous, Beauty has her own morning show on South Africa’s Jacaranda FM and her controversial public appearances have courted incited heated debate throughout southern Africa.

In association with South African Times

Region: All
Start Date: 25/05/2010
End Date: 12/06/2010
Start Time: 19:45
Venue: Oval House Theatre
Venue Address: 52-54 Kennington Oval, London
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
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Name: Debbie Vannozzi
Phone: 020 7582 0080