Concept, Direction & Design: Catherine Henegan
Afrikaaps traces the development of Afrikaans and Afrikaaps, with music ranging from Jazz, Hiphop, Traditional, Goema and Reggae underscored with documentary video and interviews. This production was hailed as ‘ground-breaking’ not only for foregrounding the little known creole history of Afrikaans, but also for its fresh new approach multimedia performance and documentary theatre.
Although it is a very subtle name change, Afrikaaps represents the liberation of Afrikaans from the negative stigma still associated with the language. Afrikaaps is part of a bigger movement of efforts in South Africa to reclaim the Afrikaans language for all who speak it. Excerpts of the documentary film by Dylan Valley are included in the theatre production providing an extra layer of narration by the late Dr Neville Alexander, a proponent of a multilingual South Africa and a former revolutionary who spent ten years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.