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IT’S been more than a decade since Casper de Vries trod the boards at Joburg Promusica – but now he’s back, with a show created especially for the theatre.

After an absence of 13 years, funnyman De Vries will be at the theatre from 11 to 19 February with his show, Gaan Groot … En Gaan Huis Toe. He will be reminding his West Rand fans of what they have missed in the intervening years and introduce them to fresh routines.

The show will incorporate his stand-up sketches as well as observations of newsworthy events and universal issues to add some flavour. “He made the show specially for Promusica and will be touching on lots of subjects. It will definitely be a night out for laughs,” explains the producer, Kosie Smit.

Known for being controversial, De Vries does not shy away from the outrageous. “Casper says what people think, and he has the guts to say it on stage. He deals with relevant issues in South Africa, which is part of what makes working with him such a treat.”

De Vries is abandoning his other characters for this piece, and will be armed only with his microphone and his attitude. This will make Gaan Groot different from his other productions and will give his followers something extra.

And he is excited about returning to Promusica, says Smit. “I’m not sure why he had such a long break from performing at Promusica, but after playing at big venues like Emperor’s Palace and the State Theatre, he is looking forward to smaller, more intimate shows at Promusica.”

Included in De Vries’s unique routine is a special class in English, Afrikaans and Dutch maxims and translations.

Smit has worked with De Vries before, as part of the technical crew on productions such as DiMensie and My Wêreld and on TV shows such as Die Casper Rasper Show and Haak & Steek. “I’m just glad that I’m getting a chance to work with him again because I enjoy his stuff so much.”

Beginning his career with a performance in Hallo Suid-Afrika (Hello South Africa), De Vries has been entertaining people for 25 years. He studied drama at Stellenbosch University, and has appeared in some of Leon Schuster’s movies, playing Joop Van den Proes in Oh Shucks here comes UNTAG and George Weedle in Sweet ‘n Short.

He began performing his own one-man shows in 1997, bringing his name to the attention of more and more people. They have since become his trademark and in his Promusica shows, his fans can look forward to the usual De Vries magic.

Gaan Groot is being performed in Promusica’s main auditorium. Tickets are R150 to R170, and can be bought from Computicket or at the Promusica box office.

Joburg Promusica is at 100 Christiaan de Wet Drive in Florida Park, Roodepoort.

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