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Groet die Grotman live on the Emperors Palace stage

29 April 2010

Groet die Grotman, the Afrikaans adaptation of the highly successful comedy, Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman, will show at The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace from 4 to 8 August, and tickets start from just R100 per person!

The caveman, Hannes Muller took a break from his cave for a few months, "but we're back with a vengeance," he says. Groet die Grotman is a humoristic exploration of the differences between men and women and how those differences cause misunderstandings. This one-man show has played in sold-out theatres across the world for the past 14 years and holds the record for the longest solo show that has played on Broadway. It is currently being performed in more than 20 countries, in 15 various languages, such as German, Czech and Icelandic. "It is wonderful that Defending the Caveman is now also going to be performed in Afrikaans in South Africa," says playwright Rob Becker. "It always makes such a huge difference if one can experience theatre in one`s own home language", he added.

Koos Kombuis translated Defending the Caveman into Afrikaans and adapted it. "It was a delight, and also good therapy! I "Afrikaansified" and also South Africanised the show, but Rob`s work has such a wonderful rhythm, and is so cleverly put together, that I tried to stick as closely to the text as possible," says Kombuis.

Director Sandra Prinsloo says that it was a challenge to make Groet die Grotman a unique theatre experience. "We gave our own interpretation to the play, set it within the South African context, yet kept to the essence of Becker`s original show. We had lots of fun, and we believe audiences will enjoy it just as much as we did", Prinsloo said. Groet die Grotman was produced by Frans Swart of Lefra Productions.

Tickets prices start from R100 per person and can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297 or Computicket on 083 915 8000 or Groups of 10 or more qualify for discounted ticket prices. Please contact Lauren on 011 815 3000 or


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