Some people don’t know anything about Bram Fischer except that he has a road named after him. That’s a travesty. Hopefully the brilliant play The Bram Fischer Waltz will change it.
While present day South Africa is unavoidably steeped in history, Fischer is a name that has slid to the periphery. One of the lesser-celebrated anti-Apartheid heroes.
That was certainly true for me, until I did some quick swotting up before seeing The Bram Fischer Waltz at the Market Theatre.
What a fascinating man! What a tragic life. What courageous and ultimately self-destructive deeds. And what superb material for the theatre.
Fischer was an Afrikaner communist and the aocate whose defence saved Nelson Mandela and his comrades from the death penalty at the Rivonia Trial. Shortly after, he was on the run himself.
Playwright and director Harry Kalmer conducted extensive research and interviewed Fischer’s daughter and some survivors who were jailed alongside him to dig deeper into his character and his background.
The result is presented in a one-man play starring the brilliant David Butler, who inhabits the character so well that you feel you’ve been transported to the claustrophobic Pretoria prison.
Butler swings from loneliness to…
Source : Daily Maverick