Bambi Sings The F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems

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Bambi Sings The F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems

Pieter-Dirk Uys and Godfrey Johnson in “Bambi Sings The F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems”.




With Pieter-Dirk Uys as 'Bambi Kellermann' and Godfrey Johnson at the piano, this cabaret has been hailed as a milestone in South African theatre, this cabaret is not to be missed.


Bambi Kellermann (born Baby Poggenpoel) is the younger sister of Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, the 'most famous white woman in South Africa'. Chalk and cheese. Whereas Evita has become a household name and favourite across political-party lines, Bambi smoulders in the background - not yet as famous as her sister, but far more dangerous.


She left Bethlehem in South Africa's Orange Free State in 1956 and went to Europe where she eventually married Joachim von Kellermann, a notorious nazi survivor of the Second World War. In order to hide him from arrest, she took whatever job she could, in many cases verging on the pornographic. Eventually they reached Paraguay where von Kellermann found old SS friends. He became Minister of War. He has since died.


Bambi is back in the democratic South Africa. She runs a wine-tasting cellarin Paarl, sometimes referred to as nothing more than an excuse for a high-class brothel. It is known that she is HIV-positive. But with money and knowledge, she can live with her virus, as she did with her terrible secrets. She sings - well, she has been inspired to sing by many who also could not sing, but became famous for their singing: Marlene Dietrich, Hildgarde Knef and Zarah Leander to name the German ones. She loves the music of Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. And being an Afrikaner meisie at heart, finds any excuse to sing her favourite Boere Liedjies out of the FAK Sangbundel. But with a sinister twist.


This is what the Kabaret is about: her extraordinary story of survival told in song, her background echoed in familiar tunes, her inspirations gently mocked through canny impersonation. With Pieter-Dirk Uys as Bambi and with music arranged and played by Godfrey Johnson, the cabaret is performed in three languages. Bambi's story is told in English, while the songs also include some in German and some in Afrikaans. This cabaret is not for the faint-hearted. It unites the acrid stench of the old Weimar Republic of the 1930s and the sexy rot of Hamburg's Reperbahn with the familiar aromas associated with 'ons eie' Voortrekker-camps and braaivleis-orgies.
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The Galloway Theatre Cnr Port & Alfred Roads
Cape Town, Western-Cape 8001
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