The best new South African opera talent to be showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

Hear the brightest South African opera talent in Pietermaritzburg and Pinetown this weekend! South African diva, Sibongile Mngoma (soprano) and tenor, Sandile Mabaso will be presenting an opera recital at the Pinetown Methodist Church on 18 March at 7pm and at the Tatham Art Gallery on 19 March at 3pm.

These shining lights of the national opera scene will be will be performing arias, duets and choruses from the world’s most beautiful operas. Continue reading

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American publisher set to release Carol Campbell’s ‘My Children Have Faces’

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North American rights to Carol Campbell’s highly acclaimed first novel, My Children Have Faces, which centres on the karretjiemense – nomadic indigenous people of South Africa who criss-cross the Karoo on donkey carts – have been acquired by Waveland Press. Continue reading

George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’ to be screened in South Africa by NT Live

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Saint Joan – the acclaimed production of the George Bernard Shaw classic play filmed live at London’s Donmar Warehouse – is the next National Theatre Live broadcast to be screened only at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau from Saturday, 18 March.

Directed by the Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Coriolanus) and starring Gemma Arterton (Quantam of Solace, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) in the lead role, this production puts a modern twist on this 1oo-year-old play that follows the life, times and eventual trial of Joan of Arc – a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. Continue reading

Bloomsbury unleashes new edition of JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’

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The brand new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been officially unleashed!

This essential companion to the Harry Potter stories includes a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle, illustrations by Tomislav Tomic and six new beasts!

In this comprehensively updated edition, some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail … but others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents …

Have ‘One for the Road’ with the Dingalings at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre

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The cast from Dingalings Productions is at it again. In their hilarious new show One for the Road, to be staged at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre this month, the guys are on the way to a gig when their car breaks down.

While waiting for “roadside” assistance, they get up to their usual antics, relaying nostalgic stories and performing toe-tapping hits from yesteryear.  Continue reading

St Anne’s pupils explore the role of women in new dance theatre version of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Penelopiad’

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Penelope (Nicola Oelofse) and Odysseus (Bonwa Mbontsi).

Inspired by the Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, The Theatre – St Anne’s College in Hilton presents Penelope – A Dance Theatre Production at 7.30pm from Monday, March 20 to Thursday, March 23.

Directed by Lynn Chemaly, the show features choreography by Bonwa Mbontsi and an original Score by Christopher Duigan. Continue reading

Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company to perform ‘Sadhana’ at the Playhouse

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The Flatfoot Dance Company in full flight. Photo: Val Adamson

The Flatfoot Dance Company presents Sadhana at the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban from March 23 to 26.

This is the newest offering from the acclaimed team that created the award-winning Bhakti. Choreographed by Lliane Loots, the work steps boldly into Eastern mystical philosophy and its confluence with African rhythms and dance, creating a dance theatre feast for the senses. Continue reading

Enjoy world class music from the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall

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Fifi Olifant plays the Adagio from Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Photo: Michel Schneuwly

BEAUTIFUL music takes, performed by world class musicians, will take centre stage when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra performs in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday, March 24 at 7.30 pm.

Presented by the KZN Philharmonic, in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and Parklane SuperSpar, the annual Symphony in the City, will feature solo performances by three of the orchestra’s most outstanding young musicians: Aristide du Plessis (cello), Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Fifi Olifant (violin). Continue reading