Category Archives: South African Culture

Education still an inflammatory topic

Education is a hot topic in South Africa.  The declining standards, the apathy and lack of interest from (some) educators, particularly in the poorer provinces, like the Eastern Cape where Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! is set albeit in … Continue reading

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Theatre in the township schools – with NCT and the US Consulate

On 25 November 2017, (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), the international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign kicks off yet again.  President Zuma has suggested that we should make this … Continue reading

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Tracks, a theatrical tale

The So Solo Festival directed by Gita Pather is now in its fourth year.  This year Pather commissioned a work for the Festival – Tracks by Maude Sandham and Nicola Pilkington. Performed by Maude Sandham, Tracks, with all the wealth … Continue reading

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The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects

Title:  The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects Text:  War Museum of the Boer Republics Photos: War Museum of the Boer Republics Cover:  Simon Richardson Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers Date: 2017 Format:  Hard cover ISBN:  978-1-86842-767-3     The War Museum … Continue reading

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Phuma-Langa, culture shock

I don’t always “like” Mamela Nyamza’s work.  It often makes me acutely uncomfortable.  Phuma-Langa falls into this category. I did “love” it though and recommend that you go to  see it tonight (15 September) or tomorrow night (16 September). The … Continue reading

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It’s a knockout – King Kong

In 1959 musical theatre history in South Africa was made when King Kong, an “all African jazz opera”, opened at the Witwatersrand University Great Hall. The then young Nelson Mandela was in the opening night multi-racial audience.  The music and … Continue reading

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BASA Award nominees

  One of the most exciting things for the arts is the formation of a sponsoring partnership with a corporate sponsor.  The BASA Awards are based on the premise of drawing attention to these corporate sponsors, and acknowledging the role … Continue reading

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