Koos Sas: Last Bushman of Montagu

Tue 14 Jul 2009 – Sat 1 Aug 2009

By David Kramer


Performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles

David Kramer’s Koos Sas tells the story of the notorious and infamous Khoisan, Koos Sas who was accused of murdering a shopkeeper in Montagu, South Africa in 1917.

In this musical work, Kramer re-imagines Koos Sas as a rebellious hero – a thorn in the side of the farmers and the state – who refused to accept that the veld where his ancestors had lived for thousands of years could belong to anyone. Shot as an outlaw, he was the last of what the authorities considered to be “bushmen robbers” of the previous century. It is a love story played out against the background of racism and subjugation, in a time when European trade in human remains was commonplace.

From the award winning company that brought you Kat and the Kings and Ghoema: Spice Drum Beat.

‘Inventive, layered and beautifully executed work.’ Fleur du Cap Awards

‘The astonishingly versatile David Kramer confirms his authority as an interpreter of legends’ The South African
‘Gutsy… movingly celebrates pre-industrial innocence. Kramer preserving treasures of musical anthropology.’ The South African (UK)

Cast includes Jody AbrahamsLoukmaan AdamsNatalie Cervati, Nicholas Ellenbogen and Robert Koen

Creatives include David Kramer (Director and Composer), Illka Louw (Designer), Daniel Galloway (Lighting Designer) and Graham Muir (Sound Designer)

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