Eurafrica

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CLUBWEST @ THREE SISTERS (VENUE 116)

BACK in the days before political correctness went mad, the popularity of satirical puppet show Spitting Image was such that it even managed to storm the pop chart with 1986 nonsensical Black Lace parody The Chicken Song. The B-side was the slightly more barbed I've Never Met a Nice South African - a not especially thickly veiled attack on said country's then white supremacist leadership, accusing South Africans - among many other, less printable things - of being "a bunch of ignorant loudmouths, with no sense of humour".

Twenty years on, Eurafrica could almost be read as a direct post-apartheid riposte: a madcap, merciless comedy romp by white South Africans - director Ilana Wetzler, and actresses Sarah Jane Scott and Lucy Heavens - sending up all things politically sacred in their own country, and here, with all the sensitivity of a marauding lynch mob of Jim Davidsons.

Like Spitting Image, it's tremendously silly. Scared and disillusioned by a combination of trinket-selling black people at traffic lights, Black Economic Empowerment and, well, just black people in general ("ooh, eggshells, eggshells"), Cape Town airheads Aida and Gwen are moved - after a divine visit from a snivelling, racist, child-like Queen Victoria, and 19th-century colonist Cecil John Rhodes - to form a new African state, modelled on Europe.

The consequences are inevitably daft, and disastrous, and - while perhaps only on occasion latently (if devilishly) funny - culturally fascinating. As stated in the programme, in light of persistent divisions, most South Africans these days are "walking identity crises".

Precious few better ways exist of remedying such issues than laughing at them, however, and whether a manifestation of progress in that respect, or pioneers of the cause, such a genuinely unhinged, gifted and hilarious duo as Scott and Heavens certainly offer the means to do so.

Whether they're entirely capable of righting all South Africa's ills by - for instance - strumming an out-of-tune guitar and screaming "clap your hands, say Eurafrica", remains to be seen of course. The show does, at the very least, update one or two misconceptions about its people, though. Ignorant? No. Loudmouths? Perhaps. But humourless? Definitely not. Just don't expect to see them storming the pop chart any time soon.

• Until 18 August. Today 8pm

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