Category Archives: National Arts Festival 2014

Cooking with Elisa

I saw this work in Grahamstown.  I wanted to see it again when it opened here, but it was not to be.  So here is my review after one viewing of this work. The work is an Argentinian work originally … Continue reading

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The Liberation of an Angry Little Man, an international work at the NAF

This theatre piece is the winner of the Dioraphte Best of Amsterdam Fringe Award 2013. Directed by Sarah Jonker, with text by Sjoerd Meijer who also performed it, and with advice by Joris Smit and lighting Jeroen Helsloot, The Liberation … Continue reading

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Whistle Stop

One of the shows that did exceptionally well in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival 2014 was Whistle Stop.  The work overall got a Standard Bank Ovation Award, and then a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award.  In addition the writer, … Continue reading

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Colours of the Rainbow with Princess and Frog

I attended a lot of “Family Fare” theatre, another, better, name for “children’s theatre” at the National Arts Festival.  This will not surprise anyone who knows my fascination for this particularly important genre of theatre. One of the shows I … Continue reading

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A talked about piece #omnomnom

Gavin Krastin’s performance art piece, #omnomnom, is one of the most talked about pieces of the 2014 National Arts Festival.  Of course there are some people who think it is a wonderful work and others who think it is absolute … Continue reading

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Trio with a Twist

One of the bright spots of the 2014 National Arts Festival was seeing Trio with a Twist, three women who studied together, Janine Neethling (piano), Bridget Rennie Salonen (flute) and Lizzie Rennie on viola. They brought a mix of classical and … Continue reading

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She put the “I” in Punchline

A young Indian woman, the beautiful and talented Kamini Govender, brings her brand of humour to the Albany Cabaret Club on the Fringe at the 2014 National Arts Festival. Perhaps it was generational or racial or a combination, but I … Continue reading

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