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

Celebrated Can Themba work for The Playhouse Company’s New Stages season

Crepsucle Nat Ramabulana plays Can Themba, with Kate Liquorish as his romantic partner in Crepuscule, presented by The Playhouse Company, 3 to 7 May 2017 at The Loft Theatre.

Nat Ramabulana plays Can Themba, with Kate Liquorish as his romantic partner in ‘Crepuscule at the Playhouse Loft Theatre.

Kicking off its New Stages Season, The Playhouse Company presents a work based on the real-life story of cultural icon, Can Themba.

Crepuscule (which means ‘twilight’), written by Themba, has been adapted for the stage by Khayelihle Dom Gumede for the New Stages Season. It is a story about human connection and the search for freedom and humanity in a world that sought to deny it. Continue reading

Arts and Culture Trust jumpstarts matriculants’ careers in the arts

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ACT scholarship recipients, from left, Tamzin Williams, Virtuous Kandemiir and Robin Castle. Photo: John Hogg

Johannesburg’s iconic Market Theatre was abuzz both on and off the stage when performing arts matriculants were granted scholarships to pursue their dreams at tertiary level.

Six triple-threat scholars acted, danced and sang their way through the finals and all walked away with funding from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), supported by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity. Continue reading

Judges announced for the 2016 ACT scholarships

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Usisipho Nteyi, 2014 winner of the R 105,000 scholarship. Pic: Gareth Jacobs

THE judging panel for the 2016 Scholarships Programme, presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), has been announced. Tasked with fast-tracking the lives of young performers, each of the five judges will bring expert guidance to the programme.

The panel encompasses all disciplines of the performing arts. This year, the Grade 12 triple-threat pupils will show off their singing, dancing and acting to: Talent-ETC director and award-winning producer, Jennis Williamson; multiple award-winning local and international star of the stage and screen, Terence Bridgett; actress, singer and cabaret artist, Kate Normington; South African Music Award-winning vocalist, producer and composer, Gloria Bosman; and creative catalyst and consultant, Brenda Sakellarides. Continue reading

Catch ‘I See You’ at the Fugard in Cape Town

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HOT off its premiere at the Royal Court in London and recent Market Theatre run, South African Mongiwekhaya’s latest play, I See You opens on Friday, May 6 at the Fugard Studio Theatre and runs until May 28.

Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, this Royal Court (London) and Market Theatre (Johannesburg) production is based on a true story and movingly addresses the questions of a new generation of South Africans encountering their country’s traumatised past. Continue reading

Napoleon is back to show how #AbsolutePower corrupts absolutely in Animal Farm

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Animal Farm stars (from bottom left) Zuliswe Hadebe, Madisa Ndune, Mpume Mthombeni, Khutjo Green and MoMo Matsunyane.

WITH the nationwide #MustFall movements sparking debate around the nature of power and its abuses, there is arguably no better time to revisit George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which will be touring Gauteng as a stage production.

Standard Bank Young Artist Neil Coppen has skillfully woven the text from the classic novella into a hard-hitting play that resonates strongly with the South African socio-political situation. It is produced by ShakeXperience, a theatre company specialising in arts education. Continue reading