Category Archives: Theatre

State Fracture, biting satire

Last year one of the hottest tickets was for Mike van Graan’s Pay Back the Curry, directed by Rob van Vuuren and starring Daniel Mpilo Richards.  The same team is back with more in the same vein, this time under … Continue reading

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Nijinksy’s War

One of the pieces I have been most keen to see at the 969 Festival at Wits University is Nijinsky’s War with dancer/choreographer Ignatius van Heerden. Directed by Gopala Davies and this work starts before the audience enters the theatre with … Continue reading

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High art and popular music

So the 969 Festival at Wits University is underway. So named because it is 969 km from Grahamstown, the festival gives legs to some of the productions from the National Arts Festival. Gita Pather is the curator of the 969 … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Irma Vep

The Mystery of Irma Vep, now playing at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, is a stylish and hilarious two hour romp through a spoof on a variety of entertainment genres, not least of which was the Victorian “penny dreadful” sensational serial stories … Continue reading

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Betrayal, brave theatre

At a time when the arts are even more stretched than usual, Daphne Kuhn, owner of The Auto & General Theatre on the Square and independent and unsubsidised producer, sometimes takes on a project of artistic merit, but somewhat dubious … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Mr Toad

As a small child I didn’t enjoy books with anthropomorphised animals. Beatrix Potter series and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows left me unmoved. In fact, when I berated my father for not introducing me to Beatrix Potter 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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