YOU SUCK & other inescapable truths

4.61 (28)

YOU SUCK & other inescapable truths

8 performances between Jan. 14, 2016 and Sept. 25, 2016
performed by Klara Van Wyk. Directed by Francesco Nassimbeni
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YOU SUCK (And Other Inescapable Truths) documents the spirited misadventures of a Grade 9 Afrikaans underdog and her crucial survival-advice as a minority in an Anglophile high school.
It's about falling apart, fitting in, and getting even. It’s also hilariously funny, with Klara Van Wyk’s portrayal of the gum-snapping, rambunctious teen earning her a Fleur-Du-Cap nomination, as well as a Standard Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2016.

Van Wyk’s creation and trouble-maker Pretina de Jager will offer expert tips on how to: hashtag like a celeb, crush the mean girl mafia, and twerk your way through teen angst.

"The manner in which Van Wyk invests the audience in Prettina's experiences, both as a writer and a performer, is masterful and the results - organic comedy and genuine pathos - are quite something to experience." - David Fick, Broadway World

“Klara captures the ennui of a Joburg teen magnificently. Extremely funny but not without darkness and pain. Kinda like Die Antwoord made a solo theatre show with elements of clowning after a trip to the shopping centre. But not. You'll have to see for yourself.” - Nicholas Spagnoletti.

“A theatrical gem” - Robyn Cohen
Francesco Nassimbeni is a writer, director and designer.
His work exists somewhere between the moving islands of performance and design. He is currently enrolled in a Masters degree at UCT, investigating methods of participatory art creation.

Klara van Wyk is an actress also currently doing her masters at UCT in clowning, last seen as ‘chalk girl’ in the Epicene Butcher and other Stories for Consenting Adults. 

Audience Responses

Awesome performance made me laugh almost made me cry

Ian • Attended Jan. 14, 2016, 8 p.m.

A pity one couldn't see Klara when she sat down.

Gerda • Attended Sept. 22, 2016, 8 p.m.

Incredibly funny and heartfelt show .

Kate • Attended Sept. 22, 2016, 8 p.m.

Completely absorbing and engaging. I couldn't help responding to the emotional roller coaster and those facial expressions.

Catherine • Attended Sept. 25, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

I found the performance slightly entertaining. best,MFR

Maria • Attended Jan. 16, 2016, 8 p.m.

I loved the show up until the animal cruelty which wasn't necessary. It was like a comedy that suddenly decided to be art house serious. Fabulous acting but it would have been more memorable if she'd beaten the crap out of the psycho love interest (aka future serial killer) & saved the mouse. It went from uplifting & hilarious to horrible. I know it can be argued that it was a life lesson & she remained positive but for me all I remember of this is a burning mouse.

Jacqui • Attended Sept. 25, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

I really enjoyed it as my first experience of the theatre ! Had a great laugh !! It was very funny with a uniquely South African turn of phrase and real problems we can all identify with ! Super evening - I have tickets for other shows already , will be seeing you all soon !

Clive • Attended Jan. 14, 2016, 8 p.m.

We always enjoy visiting Pop Art, we have never seen a show that wasn't wonderful! Thank you.

Geza • Attended Sept. 22, 2016, 8 p.m.

Very funny and sweet. Excellent performance by Klara -- I really enjoyed it.

Shaista • Attended Sept. 23, 2016, 8 p.m.

Poignant, hilarious and such a brilliantly heartfelt performance. Such beautiful synergy between director and performer. Can't get enough of performances like this.

Fanie • Attended Sept. 24, 2016, 8 p.m.

Absolutely fantastic, funny and slightly strange in a good way

LeighAnne • Attended Sept. 24, 2016, 8 p.m.

Klara's portrayal of an angst-ridden teen trying to fit in is brilliant

Ian • Attended Sept. 23, 2016, 8 p.m.

A great way to start the New Year! Look forward to many more outings to the wonderful POPART Theatre.

Gerard • Attended Jan. 15, 2016, 8 p.m.

Captivating, funny and great acting

Samantha • Attended Jan. 14, 2016, 8 p.m.