Author Archives: moirads

About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).

Timeless Truths

John Shand, playwright, author, poet and notable theatre critic says of Antony and Cleopatra that it is “Shakespeare’s most opulent play in terms of both scale and language.  Yet its challenging, operatic scope is also a graveyard for actors and … Continue reading

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A moonbeam in your hand

A visit to the theatre to see The Sound of Music takes me back to 1965 and being an excited seven year old taken to see the Julie Andrews film classic of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest hit (first written for … Continue reading

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Carmen – the Ballet 2018

The particular thrill of musicians tuning their instruments has always been one of my most treasured experiences.  Its absence at ballet performances over the past few years has been an ever-present, if dull, ache.  The presence of a live orchestra … Continue reading

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When in doubt say Darling

I have been watching Pieter-Dirk Uys play his satirical roles as various South African politicians on both sides of the 1994 divide, South Africa’s most famous white woman – Evita Bezuidenhout, the lovely Bambi Kellerman, the intriguing Ouma Ossewania and … Continue reading

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Plum Tree (#me too)

Important:  Trigger warning for child sexual abuse The autobiographical work of Jan Groenewald hadn’t completely escaped my attention in its original Afrikaans format  (Pruimboom), but I hadn’t been invited to view it, so I was delighted to be invited to … Continue reading

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Underneath a Magical Moon

I am no longer surprised by the excellence of the work of the National Children’s Theatre, under the skilled and imaginative direction of Francois Theron and his team.  I have come to expect it.  It does, however, still thrill me, … Continue reading

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Greenbusters, a toystore with a difference

The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, wrote: “Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” Gree Modern predictors of children who will go on to become successful adults  include three things – first, being read to often, … Continue reading

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