Michaelhouse and St Anne’s pupils take on the challenge of the musical, ‘Chess’

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Pictured here are Michaelhouse students, Menziwokuhle Mbuyazi and Grant Hiscock, who will be performing together St Anne’s students in ‘Chess: The Musical’ at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse. Photos: Supplied

PUPILS from Michaelhouse in Balgowan and St Anne’s Diocesan School in Hilton have teamed up to perform one of musical theatre’s most interesting and complex works, Chess.

Running from August 13 to 16 at the Schlesinger Theatre, the musical is based on an idea by Tim Rice, with music by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Tim Rice. Continue reading

DUT’s ‘Chronicles of Jack’ takes a wry look at the student experience

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Ace (Muzikayise Mtshali) and Jack (Sbonelo Nzuza) in a scene from ‘Chronicles of Jack’, which is at the DUT Courtyard Theatre on August 18 and 19. Photo: Supplied

A NEW play, which takes a wry look at the experiences of a young student from rural Eastern Cape, will be staged at the Durban University of Technology’s Courtyard Theatre in Durban on August 18 and 19.

Chronicles of Jack, which has been written for DUT by Mbasa Tsetsana (Waiting for Nelson), offers a new perspective of a student from a rural area adapting to city life and of being part of an urban campus in the Fees Must Fall generation. Expect plenty of social complexities, clashing ideologies and a tussle between tradition and self-discovery. Continue reading

Award-winning theatre on offer in the SA Women’s Arts Fest at the Playhouse

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Mpho Osei Tutu and Ilse Klink in Scorched. Photo: Jane Berg/CuePix

AS part of its celebrations for Women’s Month in August, the Playhouse Company in Durban will present its famed South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).

Now in its 21st year, the festival, which runs from August 10 to 19, features a host of award-winning dramas, including the Naledi Award-winning productions, Suddenly The Storm and Scorched. Continue reading

Legendary satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, returns to Durban with his most intimate show yet – ‘The Echo of Noise’

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THE legendary Pieter-Dirk Uys brings his one-man memoir, The Echo of Noise, to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from July 25 to August 6.

In the show South Africa’s foremost satirist sits on a barstool and opens his heart about his private and public life leading the audience into his inner-sanctuary with stories that can evoke surprise, laughter and tears. Continue reading

KickStArt create theatre magic with Roald Dahl’s classic ‘James and the Giant Peach’

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‘James and the Giant Peach’s’ five magically altered human-sized, talking garden bugs, (from left) Miss Spider (Clare Mortimer), Mr Green Grasshopper (Peter Court), Earthworm (Nhlakanipho Manqele), Centipede (Lyle Buxton), and Ladybird (Belinda Henwood). Photo: Val Adamson

ESTELLE SINKINS reviews KickStArt Theatre Company’s James and the Giant Peach, which is at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN. Continue reading