THEATRE: Laughing at harsh realities helps
Land Acts relates the story of a diseased country, as it keeps the audience laughing and willing to face the music, writes Diane de Beer
The unholy trinity of writer Mike van Graan, director Rob van Vuuren and actor Daniel Mpilo Richards are at it again. They have found a way to tell stories with ease about a diseased country and have the audience laughing their heads off while willingly facing the music. That’s no mean feat but Van Graan, won the 2018 Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture prize, a biannual international award recognising those who foster dialogue, understanding and peace in conflict areas. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria earlier in 2018 and has been peddling these political wares for a long time and has honed his skills in a way that is perfectly palatable. It all begins with the playwright, who from Pay Back the Curry to State Fracture and now in Land Acts, the third in this alternative history lesson, has street smarts but also knowledge and insight into the shenanigans of politicians who live in the belief that they can pull off ...