Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap is a music theatre production presented by Artscape in association with the Dutch theatre collective, the Volksoperahuis.

Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap at Artscape

The production was first performed to acclaim in The Netherlands in October 2018, and will run at Artscape in February, which marks Black History Month in many countries. 2019 is the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages which makes this production all the more significant and hugely relevant in South Africa today.

Set in present day South Africa, a Dutch actor and singer (Kees Scholten) and a South African actress (Bianca Flanders – Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, Shakespeare in Love) meet on the film set of Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap. He takes the role of Jan van Riebeeck, the VOC merchant commander who established a refreshment station at the Cape in 1652. She plays Krotoa, the young Khoe girl taken into Van Riebeeck’s household who went on to become a key negotiator and translator between the Dutch and the local people at a very young age. The first Khoe woman to be baptised and the first to officially marry a European, Krotoa was emotionally battered by the clash of two cultures. The two actors are not unscathed as they enter a whirlwind of confrontations during their creative process and even in their own world where Krotoa’s story shakes them up. An inevitable dramatic conclusion is set in motion.

Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap is a multicultural production

Multilingual and intercultural, Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap, is written by the award winning writer, film maker and journalist Sylvia Vollenhoven (BBC’s Mandela the Living Legend, Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September, The Keeper of the Kumm). It is directed by Basil Appollis (The Keeper of the Kumm, Brother Love) and presented in English, Afrikaans, Dutch and Khoekhoe with English subtitles. The production is a perspective-changing tribute to a neglected and contested aspect of shared history.

The story is brought to the stage in an innovative way and sheds new light on an ancient narrative. Not so long ago few people knew Krotoa. This play contends that the story has not ended, identifies an awakening and compellingly connects the dots between what transpired at a 17th century fort and events of today.

Music is composed by South African Frazer Barry and Jef Hofmeister, from the Volksoperahuis in The Netherlands, lighting design is by Gé Wegman, production is by Blythe Stuart-Linger and the head technician is Sanderijn Wagenvoorde.

What: Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap

Where and when: Artscape Arena from 7 to 16 February 2019

Book: Computicket or 021 421 7695

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