|King Kong |
27 Dec 17
I avoided "King Kong" at the Fugard Theatre earlier this year due to my ill-informed, foreign assumption that it was a musical production of the American monster film. However, upon discovering my ignorance, I was delighted to find the iconic South African musical returning for another run.
|UB40’s 25th SA anniversary tour ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey |
18 Dec 17
Big Concerts has confirmed today that UB40 will be returning in support of their 25th SA anniversary tour. They will be performing in Cape Town on 15th May 2018 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Durban on 17th May at the Durban ICC and Pretoria on 19th May at the Sun Arena, Time Square.
|OMG Quiz Night at the Alexander Bar |
23 Nov 17
I'm not a fount of general knowledge. In fact, for a well-travelled lawyer, I'm usually quite embarrassed by my lack of it. I recall attending a quiz night or two when working in Rwanda which was full of smart over-achieving ex-pats. Our team won, but I was relieved to answer just one question all night. So it was with a vague sense of impending doom that I made my way to the Alexander Bar for its weekly OMG Quiz Night yesterday.
|StarDust Theatrical Dining |
31 May 17
I had only recently heard about StarDust Theatrical Dining in Woodstock, but apparently itÂ’s an institution. Operating for ten years, itÂ’s still going strong. Shortly after arrival, we were informed that every waiter would be performing for us.
|Your Sho’t Left holiday is only a Shell away |
28 Apr 17
Sponsored: Make a purchase at Shell and you could be 1 of 10 customers to WIN a holiday to a top South African destination valued at R25 000 each.
|Lear’s Fool |
12 Apr 17
It was a shame that the Alexander Bar Theatre was so empty last night, as ‘Lear’s Fool’, directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, was very well done. It’s a one-man show featuring Jeroen Kranenburg, based on William Shakespeare’s King Lear, which I had the pleasure of studying at High School. It’s a tragedy of the most tragic kind, and neither easy reading nor watching.
|Priscilla, Queen of the Desert |
11 Apr 17
To my shame, I hadn’t previously seen either the Oscar-winning film on which the musical ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is based, or indeed the iconic musical in the London’s West End when I lived there. All I knew was that it featured drag queens, had a cult following, and audience members commonly arrived in fancy dress.
|Single Minded |
05 Apr 17
Apparently the comedy sketch show ‘Single Minded’, currently playing at the Alexander Bar, was preceded by a cult-hit by the same writer and director (Jon Keevy) called ‘Dirty Words’. I’m told the humour is similar. It’s a two person performance, and both Kiroshan Naidoo and Kathleen Stephens are superb.
|The Long Shots Improv Comedy |
05 Apr 17
For four nights, The Long Shots will perform improvisation comedy at the Alexander Bar. The troupe consists of a couple of English guys, an American woman, and a bunch of Saffers who’ve performed together since 2011 (consisting of Tamith Hattingh, Pags Bantwana, Eva Gilliam, Mark Penwill, Andre Ballot, Justine Buekes, Steve Larter, and Rob Coutts). It’s a big group for improv, but it works quite well – although inevitably some of the performers gel better than others.
|Chapter 2 Section 9 |
07 Mar 17
Chapter 2 Section 9 premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2016, winning an Ovation Award. Racism is a common theme in South African theatre, the legacy of apartheid still raw and throbbing. However, this play looks at another aspect of hatred.
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