Durban’s theatre community to celebrate the life and career of Themi Venturas

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Themi Venturas

THE KwaZulu-Natal theatre community will be coming together on Tuesday, September 26 to celebrate the life and career of stalwart, Themi Venturas, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer two weeks ago.

Curtain Up will take place in the Playhouse Opera Theatre from 6 pm. The celebration will include performances, memories and tributes celebrating his life, featuring many of his colleagues and friends. Continue reading


Rampage Dance Company’s ‘NAACH’ celebrates different genres of dance at Durban’s Playhouse

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Performing in ‘NAACH – The Nature of Dance’ at the Playhouse are (from left) Mahika Cherry, Shivani Singh and Priyal Bhagwandass. Photo: Joanna Tang, Colourise

THE Rampage Dance Company returns to the Playhouse Theatre in Durban at 7.30 pm on Friday, August 4 with a new season of dance. NAACH – The Nature of Dance focuses on the different generations of dance in celebration of Women’s Day.  Continue reading

Compelling South African theatre on offer in ‘Reoca Light’ at the Playhouse


Rory Booth stars in Ashwin Singh’s ‘Reoca Light’ at the Playhouse Loft Theatre in Durban.

The Singh Siblings (an artistic collaboration between Ashwin Singh and Shantal Singh) will present award-winning playwright Ashwin Singh’s one-man play Reoca Light at the Playhouse in April.

The play celebrates the indomitability of the human spirit and pays tribute to unsung heroes in contemporary South Africa as well as those from our recent and distant past. Continue reading

Bryan Hiles delivers a finely judged performance as Shakespeare’s Hamlet


Bryan Hiles as Hamlet. Photo by Val Adamson

BRYAN Hiles never imagined himself in the role of Hamlet, instead he thought he was more suited to playing Laertes, brother to Ophelia, writes’s ESTELLE SINKINS.

Director, Clare Mortimer, had other ideas. She could definitely see the Durban-based actor playing William Shakespeare’s titular hero and twisted his arm to take on the challenge in Think Theatre’s Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark, currently running at the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban. Continue reading

DIFF to screen Tess, a film which gives a human face to the sex trade


The gritty new Meg Rickards-helmed feature film Tess, which will have its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) on June 18, showcases the astounding talent of some of South Africa’s best actors. Chief amongst them is 20-year old Christia Visser who plays the title role and is certain to garner praise for her raw and powerful portrayal of a young streetwalker. Continue reading