Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap is being presented by the Artscape in association with the Dutch theatre collective, the Volksoperahuis, from Thursday February 7 to Saturday February 16.
Set in present day South Africa, a Dutch actor and singer (Kees Scholten) and a South African actress (Bianca Flanders) meet on the film set of Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap. He takes the role of Jan van Riebeeck, the VOC merchant commander who established a refreshment station at the Cape in 1652.
She plays Krotoa, the young Khoi girl taken into van Riebeeck’s household who went on to become a key negotiator and translator between the Dutch and the local people at a very young age.
The first Khoi woman to be baptised and the first to officially marry a European, Krotoa was emotionally battered by the clash of two cultures. The two actors are not unscathed as they enter a whirlwind of confrontations during their creative process and even in their own world where Krotoa’s story shakes them up.
Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap, is written by film-maker and journalist Sylvia Vollenhoven, directed by Basil Appollis and presented in English, Afrikaans, Dutch and Khoi with English subtitles.
The show runs Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm and on Saturdays at 3pm and 7.30pm with tickets costing R100. Book through Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.