The end of October marks the start of South Africa’s summer holiday season, with many theatre shows being used as corporate year end entertainment. Pieter-Dirk Uys is at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre as is My Mother’s Italian, My Father is Jewish and I’m in Therapy. A fabulous double bill of Greek themed plays is on at the Auto & General Sandton Theatre on the Square – The Soil is set in Cypress and Meze, Mira and Make-up is local. Meze is served in the interval between the two. My Vrou se Man se Lyk se Tas is on at Emperors Palace (yes, this is in Afrikaans and yes, you need to be able to understand Afrikaans in order to enjoy it). Mike van Graan’s Rainbow Scars is opening at The Market Theatre.
The annual family pantomime, Aladdin, has begun at Joburg Theatre. Cinderella is more intimate and better suited to small children and it is at the People’s Theatre also in the Joburg Theatre Complex. Seussical Jr is the family play at the National Children’s Theatre. Liewe Heksie has two stories (one written especially for this season) and it is suitable for children who understand Afrikaans. Liewe Heksie is on at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace.
I have written a separate article (‘Tis the Season to be Jolly) on the various Christmas music concerts and services coming up. I’ll keep that one updated with relevant events as they come to my attention. The Wits Trio plays at Concerts on Congo on 3 November 2013 at 11. St George’s Anglican Church has a free organ concert at 17:15 before evensong, also on 3 November 2013. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra continues their fabulous season for two more weeks.
The FNB Whisky Live Festival will be on at the Sandton Convention Centre from 6-8 November 2013.
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Series 2013/2014 will be starting on 9 November at Cinema Nouveau so if you have been craving opera in the vacuum of live opera in Gauteng don’t miss this series. I will be previewing Eugene Onegin soon and more details will follow in the comment on that event. The season of Oscar hopeful movies has commenced. Salinger is already screening and I missed the preview and will be catching up on this one. Look out for Captain Phillips. On a purely fun level Thor: The Dark World is a feast of fantasy.
If you spot me at one or more of these events you win an opportunity to buy me a drink. 🙂