Think Theatre set to stage two of the Bard’s greatest works, Hamlet & Othello


Chris van Rensburg plays the villainous Iago with Nhlakanipho Manqele as Othello in Think Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello. Photo: Val Adamson

Renowned for its teaching-aid productions of Shakespeare set works for matric school learners, Think Theatre, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents two of The Bard’s greatest tragedies in 2017 – a new staging of Hamlet, and a revival of the company’s widely acclaimed Othello.

These plays will run in tandem with successive seasons in Hilton and Durban in February and March, and a tour to a number of country venues in KwaZulu-Natal, before transferring to Gauteng for runs in Johannesburg and Pretoria in May 2017. Continue reading


Catch the fabulous Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery live in KZN


Nibs van der Spuy (left) and Guy Buttery are currently on a tour of KZN. Photo: Deborah Roussouw

Although they have shared the stage for more than 15 years now, the opportunity of catching Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing as a duo in South Africa has become increasingly rare.

With their demanding schedules as solo artists and with Nibs being based six months of the year in Portugal, the duo only manages a handful of shows together a year -if any at all. So, make sure you book for their concerts in KwaZulu-Natal in February. Continue reading

Catch Matchbox Theatre Collective’s ‘Burn’ at the Theatre – St Anne’s College


Mark Tatham (back) and Daniel Geddes will be appearing in Burn at the Theatre – St Anne’s College.

The Theatre at St Anne’s College in Hilton is hosting a performance of the award-winning production, Burn, choreographed and directed by Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance (2012) Bailey Snyman, and featuring Daniel Geddes and Mark Tatham, on Thursday, February 2 at 7.30pm. Continue reading

Applications are now open for the Realness Pan African Scriptwriting Residency 2017


Following the success of the inaugural scriptwriting residency, Realness is calling for submissions for the 2017 edition.

This pioneering residency provides filmmakers with the opportunity to hone and develop their creative scriptwriting skills. It also serves to address the need for promising African film projects to be supported in their development phase to be able to realistically compete in global film markets. Continue reading

Join Cat Simoni and Paul Spence as they celebrate the ‘luvverly’ songs from classical musical, ‘My Fair Lady’


Catch Midlands songbird, Cat Simoni, in Wouldn’t it be Luvverly! at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo, Durban, at 2pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, January 22 and at the Rhumbelow Theatre – Pietermaritzburg at the Allan Wilson Shellhole at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, February 12.

Written by Paul Spence, who co-stars with Cat, the show celebrates the Higgins & Liza story through all the unforgettable music of the wonderful Lerner and Loewe West End and Broadway show, My Fair Lady. Continue reading

Don’t miss James Cairns in ‘El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi’ at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse


James Cairns stars in the award-winning one-man show, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi, at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse on February 3. Photo: Dex Goodman

IT’S hard to beat the story well told.  Stories in themselves are an act of creation, connecting the past with the present. Creation itself is a story. Without stories, we would have nothing but darkness and silence.

This is what James Cairns’s character El Blanco believes. While he may unashamedly spin a pack of lies, in this instance, he comes close to the truth.

In El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi – which is being staged at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan at 7.30 pm on Friday, February 3 – his struggle, mostly with himself, to earn the title of Mariachi is masterfully presented through music and storytelling. Continue reading

Magnificent classical music concerts in Kloof and Pietermaritzburg


Christopher Duigan will be performing his favourite classical compositions in a special concert at the Tatham Art Gallery on January 29. Photo: Val Adamson

TO celebrate the start of Music Revival’s 20th year presenting classical music concerts, Christopher Duigan will be performing his favourite masterpieces at St Agnes Church in Kloof at 7.30 pm on Thursday, January 26 and at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg at 3 pm on Sunday, January 29.

These uplifting and boldly positive compositions have formed a major part of the Maritzburg-based pianist’s repertoire over the past two decades. Continue reading