Category Archives: National Arts Festival 2014

Sorry to be missing the Festival Gala Concert

Every year when I don’t attend the National Arts Festival, I look through the programme and wish that I were attending certain things.  Today it  is the Festival Gala Concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Richard … Continue reading

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I am so jealous of all the people at the National Arts Festival this year. Today I wish I were hearing Pendo Masote in concert. Pendo Masote is a young violinist who is making waves in classical music circles. He … Continue reading

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Masilo’s Gutsy Giselle

Giselle is best known as a pretty, classical ballet from the Romantic era, to pretty music by the little known Adolphe Adam.  If that’s what you want, do NOT go out to see Dada Masilo’s Giselle. You won’t find any … Continue reading

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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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