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The Play that Goes Wrong
13 May 17
Prior to yesterday, I’d never previously been to the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay. It’s a beautiful space, with a lovely bar and a cozy theatre. Despite it being a Monday night, I was surprised to find the theatre completely packed.
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Boy Ntulikazi
08 May 17
‘Boy Ntulikazi’, written by Thobani Nzuza and Kagiso Tsimakwane, was the 2017 Baxter Best of Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner. Nzuza is the sole actor, accompanied by able guitarist Nhlanhla Zondi. The play is a powerful narrative about a boy who knows nothing about his heritage and background, except that he was born in July (the meaning of ‘Ntulikazi’ in Xhosa).
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A Contemporary Evening
08 May 17
On Sunday, a screening of The Bolshoi Ballet in action took place as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season. It felt rather odd attending an event called ‘A Contemporary Evening’ at 11:00am. However, whilst the theatre was by no means full, there was a bigger turn-out than I had expected. I was slightly concerned that watching a film of ballet for two hours and forty minutes would be considerably less riveting than seeing it live. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
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Riaad Moosa, ‘Life Begins’
03 May 17
It seems that comedy’s become the best way to deal with the male mid-life crisis (it’s certainly cheaper than buying a sportscar). Only a few months ago I was reviewing Nik Rabinovitz’s show, ‘Fortyfied’ at the Baxter Theatre along the same theme. Last night I was back again to see Riaad Moosa’s new show, ‘Life Begins’; clearly his attempt to persuade you that 40 is the new 25. Somehow, however, it’s only 40 year olds you hear saying that.
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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.
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Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September
26 Apr 17
Last night I went to see ‘Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September’ at the Alexander Bar Theatre. It’s usually a packed venue, although I’ve noticed that the more popular shows tend to be those of a more frivolous nature. We all like to switch off, of course; but the relatively empty theatre was a great shame, given that the play won both the Standard Bank Ovation Award 2014, and the Adelaide Tambo Humanitarian Award 2014.
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3 Tons of Fun
24 Apr 17
I was tipped off that 3 Tons of Fun were exactly that, and so I was looking forward to reviewing the show at the Alexander Bar on Friday night.
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Tartuffe
20 Apr 17
This production of Molière’s classic social satire Tartuffe by the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company is a coup.
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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.
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