Johnny Boskak

  • 31 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

‘It’s a one-man road movie for the stage,’ says writer-performer Greig Coetzee of his follow-up to his award-winning 2000 Fringe debut White Men With Weapons, which he also describes as a South African Natural Born Killers. ‘It plays with language, mixing Shakespeare with rap.’

Johnny Boskak was a trigger-happy soldier in the Millennium show. In the new play, which is partly based on Coetzee’s own experience in the SA military, Boskak has become a middle-aged wash out.

‘In South Africa,’ Coetzee says, ‘we call these guys bosbefok or bush-fucked, which refers to the bush war they fought. I imagined Johnny Boskak as no longer being an invincible 20-year-old. And I tried to humanise him, because everybody here knows one of these guys. I’m even related to one. People see South Africa in simplistic terms,’ Coetzee says. ‘I try to take them out of their comfort zone.’
(Miles Fielder)

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