'Rape' upsets at Aardklop festival

2012-10-03 10:49
Potcehfstroom - An upsetting rape scene involving Jesus during a performance at the Aardklop festival has caused quite a debate, reports Beeld.

The play Woza Andries?! which is based on the piece Woza Abert!, portrays South African youth in a post-apartheid world. In the piece, Jesus is portrayed as a coloured woman who is raped in one scene during the story.

This is the first time that Woza Andries?! is performed at any Afrikaans festival in South Africa and has upset some people attending the festival, causing one audience member to burst into tears.

During a performance at the Totius Hall on the Northwest University campus grounds, 22 people got up and left the hall after the scene in which Jesus is raped.

Scene was 'very explicit'

"I expected this to happen, but I didn't think that so many people would leave the room," says Christiaan Olwagen, who directed the play. "I wish people could have stayed until the end of the performance and understand the message the play was trying to convey."

One of the women in the audience who left the hall said the scene was "very explicit", but that she understood what they were trying to do. "Maybe it is because the scene was so close to home, that it is affecting me so much," she said crying.

According to Marguerite Robinson, the programme manager at Aardklop, the play is not meant for everybody, but she still thinks it is a pity that the people left the hall.

"If they stayed longer, they could have understood the play in perspective," she told Beeld.

"The youth should have a platform. Where else can they express their opinions? You can say you don't agree with this, you can ostracise the play as much as you want, but it takes away their right to express their opinions," Robinson said.

Acrtress and writer Henriƫtta Gryffenberg, famous for her work on the SABC2 series Erfsondes, congratulated the cast on their performance.


  • Tony Lapson - 2012-10-03 10:59

    The place would be up in flames if it was the prophet Muhammed (praise be to him)

      robert.cerff - 2012-10-03 11:18

      hahaha... but valid point. While I don't care either way (from a religious point), it's the writer and casts right to perform the act.

      joneethling - 2012-10-03 14:29

      This is why South African "art" is mostly worthless. Local artists are lazy and seldom produce anything of real vallue. Instead they go for sensationalism to make a fast buck. There are "artists" like that in every country, but here it appears to be the norm. Swak Piketberg!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-03 14:36

      Whatever your religious orientation, this is about other people's sensitivities. Christians feel about Jesus the way you do about the most loved person in your life. If this were a scene where your mother was named and was then being raped in the name of freedom of expression, I wonder what your reaction would be? Same goes for Muslims and the prophet. Why should your freedom entitle you to vomit on that which is special to someone else; just because you don't care for that person? This is different to a debate about religion, etc. Question -yes; disagree -sure! But is just plain sick.

  • kea.pilane - 2012-10-03 11:01

    you are sick

  • fran.aphane - 2012-10-03 11:26

    Sick people still live in this world. This makes me sick just reading about it. What is the message in all this? Rape is such an ugly truth that has hurt so many people in our country and it continues to do so but for people to still justify it by involving it in plays without displaying a concrete message is sick. Can the writers of this play please tell us when was Jesus raped? You going to hell for that.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-03 11:43

      First you say..."what is the message in all this?" - and then "without displaying a concrete message is sick" - well do you know or don't you? And then "You going to hell for that.." Are you really the judge of that??

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-10-03 12:10

    So. Christians are over reacting about the true God and what then about the false prophet mohammed. So what's the different. Sorry but it seems that most people are just born stupid. No cure for that.

  • jpstrauss - 2012-10-03 12:12

    Michelangelo wept...

  • elaine.groenewald.9 - 2012-10-03 12:16

    The people are getting sicker by the day, something is seriously wrong.

  • impi.tokoloshe - 2012-10-03 12:44

    "right to express opinions" . Wondering where you draw the line nowadays. Remember "The spear" and Zuma debacle? That even made it to court. Should we not live in a society where we decide not to publish, show something, if we know it will hurt someone in the process?

      joneethling - 2012-10-03 14:33

      It's a cheap trick. Some twat sat down and asked if there was a way to offend people.

      impi.tokoloshe - 2012-10-03 15:15

      Notice already 2 'dislikes'. So, we SHOULD live in a society where it is ok to knowingly hurt/offend people? We are doomed...

  • craig.hopkins.376 - 2012-10-03 12:44

    I hope she was at least in the missionary position

  • annette.matthyser - 2012-10-03 12:47

    This is disgusting

  • lizelle.leroux.31 - 2012-10-03 13:30

    This is disgusting? Who cares if Jesus is a women or a man and what color he / she is / was but a rape scene DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-10-03 14:58

    Disgusting? Really? South Africans are such narrow minded people! This is taken out of context, they say if you watch the show you will get the message!!

      bones.mine - 2012-10-04 15:10

      You obviously have not been raped. I bet your perspective on this matter will be greatly different if you were. Rape never has, and never can be something to be used for ANYTHING. It is simply an act that is so wrong, and screams out against the values of humanity.

  • rena.smith.5201 - 2012-10-03 15:51

    "The youth should have a platform. it takes away their right to express their opinions," Robinson said. Everyone has a right to express their opinion if they feel they have something important to say. But rather do and say something to get the public's attention in a creative way, to make people sit up and take notice, and remember you and your message in a positive way. But explicit rape on stage is not being creative. The only memory the audience will have is disgust. The youth need a platform but they could lose it by using shock tactics.

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