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WHITE MEN WITH WEAPONS (article first published : 2000-12-7)

International award-winning performer Greig Coetzee has managed to squeeze in two matinee performances of his evergreen mammoth hit White Men with Weapons during the run of his new play Breasts a Play about Men (See review on artSMart under Drama)

These matinee performances take place on December 9 and 16 at 14h30 in the Square Space Theatre at the University of Natal.

White Men with Weapons, which is directed by Garth Anderson, has had over 240 performances on five different continents. It has been to New York, Belgium, Holland, Australia and Singapore. The play has earned a total of 17 South African theatre awards including six national FNB Vita Awards. Greig performed at this year's Edinburgh festival and received two major festival awards.

Funny, honest and hard-hitting, White Men with Weapons is a satirical monument to that endangered species: The Great White Male. It is an astute, sharp and humorous reflection on a white man's experience as a conscript in the old-SADF. Just as Americans felt a need to explore the effects of Vietnam long after the war itself, the success of White Men can be put down to a similar need in South Africa. Despite the serious subject matter, the play is in keeping with Coetzee's general philosophy as a writer the need for South Africans to learn to laugh at themselves.

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