F.A.K. Songs & Other Struggle Anthems


Starring Pieter-Dirk Uys as Bambi Kellermann
Musical direction  and arrangements: Godfrey Johnson
Bokkie Band musicians: Heather Roth on flute and sax, Rayelle Goodman on violin, Mac McKenzie on guitar and Hilton  Schilder on percussion.
The Fugard from 31 August to 18 September 2010  

“Uys dons eyelashes, and presidents listen” – Los Angeles Times Oct  2009

This is what the cabaret is about: Bambi’s extraordinary story of  survival is told in song and sketch, her background echoed in familiar tunes,  her inspirations gently mocked through canny impersonation. With Pieter-Dirk  Uys as Bambi and with music arranged by Godfrey Johnson and performed by  Bambi’s Bokkie Band, F.A.K. Songs and Other Struggle Anthems is  performed in three languages.  The band, led by Johnson on piano,  consists of Heather Roth on flute and sax, Rayelle Goodman on violin, Mac  McKenzie on guitar and Hilton Schilder on percussion.

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.

Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout will not be on stage  with Bambi. The two sisters are sworn enemies and have never been seen in the  same place at the same time. And for good reason. Whereas Evita is proper in  all aspects, Bambi is not. The former stripper/sex worker now runs her  internationally-known wine cellar in Paarl – with ‘special offers’ on  weekends, plus condoms.
With her Nazi husband’s ashes in an urn  on the piano, Bambi sings about love and confides about life. Not for the  squeamish or the proper, this cabaret features songs by Kurt Weill and Stephen  Sondheim, as well as a selection of familiar Afrikaans liedjies from the  legendary F.A.K Sangbundel, a songbook of the federation of Afrikaans Cultural  organisations, reinvented by Bambi to suit the mood of 2010.

F.A.K  Songs and Other Struggle Anthems runs at The Fugard Theatre in Caledon  Street off lower Buitenkant Street, from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm and on  Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm, from 31 August to 18 September 2010. Tickets cost  from R90 to R120 via 021 4614554. Please note all seating is unreserved and  the show has a PG10 rating. Dinner with a special Bambi Kabaret menu, before  or after the show, is available at 6 Spin Street restaurant with  bookings and enquiries via 0214210666 or Reservations.  The Fugard

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