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Krotoa: Eva van de Kaap

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  • Start Date

    Jun 03 2022
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  • Duration

    90 min

Krotoa Eva van de Kaap is a collaboration between Artscape (SA) and Het Volksoperahuis of Amsterdam. It is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in SA, the Performing Arts Fund NL and DutchCulture. Present day South Africa: A Dutch actor and a South African actress meet on the film set of Krotoa Eva. He plays Jan van Riebeeck, the VOC merchant who established a refreshment station at the Cape in 1652. She plays Krotoa, the young Khoe girl taken into his household. She became a key negotiator and translator between the Dutch and the local people at a very young age. The first Khoe woman to be baptised and the first to officially marry a European, Krotoa is battered by the clash of two cultures. The two actors are not unscathed as they enter a whirlwind of confrontations, even in their own world where Krotoa’s story is shaking them up. An inevitable dramatic conclusion is set in motion.

Playwright Sylvia Vollenhoven, director Basil Appollis together with musicians and actors, finish the story that started three and a half centuries ago. This music theatre production is a multilingual, perspective-changing, intercultural, and musical tribute to a shared history.


The story of Krotoa Eva is very relevant in contemporary South Africa. It brings to the stage a neglected and contested aspect of shared history in a way that is innovative. The work sheds new light on an ancient story. Not so long ago few people knew who Krotoa was. The play contends that there has since been an awakening because the story has not ended. The play connects the dots between what happened at a 17th Century fort and what is still happening in the modern world. It is a compelling and engaging story that will help the audience understand their past, make sense of the present and be better prepared for the future. Languages: English, Afrikaans, Dutch and Khoekhoe Please Note: No late comers will be allowed entrance into the Arena auditourium.


Please note: All current Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed. Limited seats available.

In order to ensure that all relevant COVID-19 screening is completed efficiently and effectively before the start of a performance, we request patrons to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Thank you


3 June / 10:00 am
5 June / 11:30 pm
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Wheelchair Access

Limited facilities for wheelchairs areavailable in the Opera House and Theatre in accordance with safety regulations. Wheelchair seats can be booked at the Artscape Box Office, at any Computicket outlet, or through the Computicket call centre. Please note that the Arena is not wheelchair friendly. Toilets for wheelchair-bound patrons aresituated in the Marble and Chandelier Foyers of the Opera House and on the lower level of the Theatre Foyer. Limited parking bays are available for bona fide Disabled Parking Disc Holders in the tunnel area opposite the Stage Door entrance, and in the staff parking area. A drop-off facility is available in the tunnel area for patrons who have difficulty walking. Prior arrangements in all regards should be made with the Theatre Manager.


Disabled Parking and Wheelchairs are available on site but should be pre-booked by contacting Artscape Dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695