Laugh at our democracy

SO FUNNY: Roelf Matlala, Tshallo Chokwe and Peter Mashigo in Mr Flatnose.  Cicra 2008. Pic. Unknown.
SO FUNNY: Roelf Matlala, Tshallo Chokwe and Peter Mashigo in Mr Flatnose. Cicra 2008. Pic. Unknown.

Patience Bambalele

Martin Koboekae's comedy show Mr Flatnose, which premiered at Johannesburg's Windybrow Theatre two years ago, is back.

It is an explosive political satire that takes a critical but hilarious look at the political and social developments of the new South Africa.

The play depicts life after 1994 - with the country's elite clashing with the downtrodden and a tussle taking place between those who are in power and the powerless.

And it is all very comical.

The play takes a swipe at the parliamentary shenanigans, BEE, corruption, tenders, the arms deal, the two political camps, hawkers, a revolutionary dictionary, the meaning of opposition and Zimbabwe and quiet diplomacy.

There are no sacred cows as the play bitingly pokes fun at prominent politicians and the blunders that they make.

Three characters, Job, Lerata and Mosoeu, take us on a journey filled with passion and humour.

They highlight the benefits and problems brought on by our democracy.

Job, who is played by Tshallo Chokwe, has a very interesting role as a corrupt politician who has just been recalled for his misbehaviour.

Theatre-goers will enjoy Lerata, who is played brilliantly by Peter Mashigo. He is an image consultant who knows how to get the worst out of politicians.

Mosoeu - Roelf Matlala in the story - is a stuttering and fumbling sidekick. He does all the dirty, menial jobs but is also very manipulative.

Mr Flatnose is a riotous and pacey antithesis of our democracy and as before, it will again keep audiences on the edge of their seats and leave them with stomach cramps.

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