Bend it Like Beauty

Beauty_web15 - 27 June 2010
Comedy satire

Radio personality, writer and comic sensation Ben Voss is back with his razor-sharp, motor mouth alter – ego Beauty Ramapelepele, who has fast become a recognized socialite and self-made woman amongst South Africa’s Business and political elite.

As the gap between Africa and the west widens, Beauty is torn between the capitalist trappings of western society and the familiar traditions of her home, South Africa. To keep her options open she has strengthened her ANC ties and at the same time applied for the job of ambassador to the UK in an attempt to fast-track her own immigration. Jacob Zuma is personally having a word with foreign affairs in return for a small fee.

In “Bend it Like Beauty” she seers the colonizer she is trying to impress and skewers the ailing colony she is tired of living in. With vitriolic candor she dishes out her verdict on her trip to the UK and what it is like to be a South African abroad. In the process she answers such pressing questions as: Why do South Africans never walk on an escalator? Should “British Museum” not just read “Britain - a Museum”? Why do Indians in London all sell alcohol when Indians in South African just drink it?  On his visit to the UK, did Jacob Zuma make it into Buckingham palace during the changing of the guard and show the Queen his own crown jewels? What would happen if a Tsotsi met a football hooligan, and could Julius get into Britain on a woodwork scholarship?

From an anal probe at Heathrow airport (the British were convinced she was smuggling cocaine) to her final speech to the South African cabinet, she gives us a fly on the wall account of being a Black Beauty in Britain.   Funny, fiery and fresh,  Bend it Like Beauty opened in London for a three week season and now tours to Durban.   If you can’t catch her on stage,  Beauty can be heard live on both East Coast Radio and Jacaranda FM as a member of the JUST PLAIN team.  Book now through Computicket.