My Fellow South Africans

Sat Jun 15, 14:00 - Sat Jun 15, 15:00

Simon's Town Museum


The Simon's Town Museum is privileged to be be hosting the award winning play, My Fellow South Africans as a fundraiser for the Museum.

All tickets include an entrance to the play on the 15the June @14:00pm, and an entrance to the lecture by the writer/producer, Mike van Graan on the 19th June @19:00pm, Simon's Town Museum.

About the play:

My Fellow South Africans, a satirical take on contemporary South Africa and winner of the Toyota US Woordfees 2023 “Best Achievement: Solo” category, will continue to tour the country in the build-up to the elections.


As part of his year-long Artist-in-Residency programme at the University of Johannesburg, playwright Mike van Graan has created My Fellow South Africans, a multi-sketch satirical revue in the tradition of his award-winning works Pay Back the Curry and State Fracture. It has always been the plan to tour this one-person revue to contribute to the themes that will shape the 2024 elections, with the ambition to perform the work in non-conventional spaces, including community halls, corporate boardrooms, retirement villages and people’s homes!


Having premiered at ARTSCAPE in May 2023 where it initially had a three-week run, the season for My Fellow South Africans was extended by four weeks after the last week of the premiere season sold out. By the end of 2023, the show had been staged 104 times!


The talented Kim Blanche Adonis performs this solo piece that combines comedy, singing, poetry and drama through sixty-five minutes of high energy and focus, and has earned much critical and audience praise for her talent, technical skills and commitment. Where the facilities are available, the show includes cartoons by Zapiro to complement and further texture the satirical commentary.


Building on the direction of some of the sketches by Rob van Vuuren and Daniel Richards in previous incarnations, Van Graan also directs this revue that includes older, adapted and new sketches, thereby expanding his creative involvement in the project and adding this to the producing and marketing roles that he generally plays in getting his works to the stage.


My Fellow South Africans has resonated with audiences across the board, touching on nerves with which many in our country can identify. Academics and NGO leaders, teachers and corporate CEOs, students and retirees - all have praised the work as tapping into our current anxieties and frustrations while allowing us a moment of catharsis and hope.


Here’s what some have said about My Fellow South Africans


So clever and entertaining as well as educational, funny, profound, real. Best hour spent in an intimate setting. Not to be missed.

-       Laurence Esteve, co-director of the Zip Zap Circus


Political satire at its best. Brilliant script and exceptional acting that sharply capture the nuances of our society. Evokes laughter, sadness and hope.

-       Mansoor Jaffer, Cape Cultural Collective


It is such a cleverly constructed play, with a brilliant performance by Kim Blanche Adonis.…It is the kind of play that should be performed to young people throughout the country and…followed by a discussion of the issues raised.

-       Ryland Fisher, former editor of the Cape Times


My Fellow South Africans…just go and see this laugh-cry production by which you cannot be unmoved. 

-       Nancy Richards, former host of a women’s programme on SAfm


Extracts from some of the reviews are:


My Fellow South Africans is bracing satirical sketch comedy, performed by Kim Blanche Adonis with great skill…Adonis…is funny and fabulous and there are moments of laugh-out-loud laughter and we need that. – Robyn Cohen, Cape Robyn


My Fellow South Africans does exactly what it promises to do: it gives audiences an entertaining satirical take on contemporary South Africa and does so by merging wit and commentary in a provokingly entertaining manner. – Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town


Die stuk volg in die voetspore van die bekroonde Pay Back the Curry, State Fracture en Land Acts en is ‘n uitbunding, satiriese katarsis vir ons veelvuldige krisisse, met selfspot en humor as salf en versterkmiddel teen die donker. – Susan Booyens, Litnet


(The piece follows in the footsteps of the acclaimed Pay Back the Curry, State Fracture and Land Acts and is an exuberant, satirical catharsis for our multiple crises with self-mockery and humour as ointment and strength against the darkness.) – Susan Booyens, Litnet


this revue will spark conversation, discussion and debate, all of which are necessary in the year leading up to having our thumbnails stamped as we ink an ‘X’ onto a ballot. – Jamie Uranovsky,


“Everyone should see this!” is a common thread among those who have seen the show, and MVG Productions is committed to ensure that as many people as possible do see the show as part of encouraging informed participation in the 2024 elections.


For more information and to book a performance, write to [email protected] or whatsapp the Writer/Producer on 0829003349.


My Fellow South Africans
Simon's Town Museum
Court Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7975
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