The inimitable Benny Bushwhacker comes to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 29 July to 11 August.
The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home, Benny Bushwhacker, world-renowned conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot. The legend returns to share what it takes to survive the African bush… and for the African bush to survive.
The genial South African born, Benny Bushwhacker (aka Ben Voss), who recently made world headlines for banging heads with swashbuckling British survivalist, Bear Grylls, will be touring South Africa’s theatres and festivals with a hilarious yet sobering look at the collision between man and environment.
For somebody who has spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, Benny Bushwhacker brings untainted humanity and delicious humour to his performance that will have you laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait, is common sense.
Whether it be his opinion on changing the Springbok emblem, how to spot a bulls%&*#$er in Kruger, or the relative chances of his estranged wife, Brenda, replacing the buffalo in the Big 5, Benny delivers time and again with his unique sense of humour and classic bush logic.
While touring South Africa Benny Bushwhacker will be raising awareness and moola for the Lebombo Leopard – Human Conflict Survey. And while leopards are not known to change their spots, through this initiative, Benny will try to help humans to do so.
Benny Bushwhacker’s stories and experiences have been translated from bush to page by his unofficial biographer, John van de Ruit, (of Spud fame,) and from page to stage by Janice Honeyman.
Book your seats soon through Computicket for this wonderful look at life on the wild side, because, like the rhinos of Africa, you never know if you will get the chance to see it again.
If you are interested in buying a house of the Durban season for a fundraiser, please contact Sharlene Versfeld on firstname.lastname@example.org. Performances on 30 and 31 July have a special offer of R80 per ticket and early-bird tickets are available.
Public feedback from the opening show in Makhanda has been hugely affirming: “Great show, an education, a laugh and a very serious message that warns of the ramifications of man’s stupidity. Nature’s greatest danger is human nature! Put it on your list, you won’t be disappointed,” and “Edutainment at its best! Hilariously delivers a serious message, a must-see.”
For more info visit www.benvoss.co.za or like https://www.facebook.com/BennyBushwhacker.
The Durban season is part of a nation-wide tour:
Grahamstown / Makhanda:
National Arts Festival
27 June – 7 July
(Book with festival direct)
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
29 July – 11 Aug
Hilton Arts Festival
13 – 15 September
(Book with festival direct)
George Arts Theatre
20 – 21 September
Studio @ Montecasino
2 – 20 October
22 – 26 October
5 – 9 November
(Book with venue direct)
15 + 16 November
Golden Arrow Studio, Baxter
10 Dec – 18 Jan
Photo by Val Adamson