Check out all the nominees in the 2016 The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards

_DSC3237a

The cast of KickStArt Theatre Company’s Into the Woods which is running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban. Photo: Val Adamson

KickStArt Theatre Company has been rewarded with 54 nominations in this year’s The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. The ceremony will be staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus at 7.30pm on Monday, November 21. Continue reading

Fantastic fun expected at Hillcrest’s Festival in the Hills

Festival1

Three of the participants in Festival in the Hills 2016, pictured from left, festival director Judith Hawthorn (in her opening parade persona as ‘Mistress Fantastical’), actor Bongani Mbatha, and guitar whiz Seb Goldwain. Photo: Supplied

A day long feast of family fun entertainment is happening on the last Saturday of August in Hillcrest with a star-studded roster headed by the internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir and more.

The Rotary Club of Kloof presents the Festival in The Hills 2016, a wonderful cultural extravaganza for the whole family, hosted by Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy. Festival in The Hills will take place at Curro HCA in Hillcrest on Saturday, August 27 from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Continue reading

Book now for the delightful ‘Sweetie Darling’

image008

IF you missed Sweetie Darling during its run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, you can catch this play -written and directed by multiple award-winning Clinton Marius and starring popular Durban actor Bongani Mbatha- at the Wits 969 Festival at Wits University in Johannesburg on July 13 and 15 and at the Loft Theatre at the Playhouse in Durban from July 19 to 24. Continue reading

White Christmas: a bittersweet tale told by a rising young star

white christmas 1

Jonathan Cohen appears in his first one-man show next month, in Clinton Marius’s ‘White Christmas’. Photo: Val Adamson

Review: White Christmas at Seabrooke’s Theatre, Durban High School

THE Oxford English dictionary describes trauma as a ‘deeply distressing or disturbing experience’ – but those words cannot adequately describe the effect that a violent incident can have on both the person affected and those around them.

In Clinton Marius’ latest show, the one-man tragi-comedy, White Christmas, he examines just what happens to one family following just such an incident. Continue reading

Fabulous new theatre on show at the 10th annual Hexagon Minifest

A BEAUTIFUL WRECKAGE 1

Grant Jacobs and Liam McDermott star in A Beautiful Wreckage.

The Hexagon Theatre on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting its 10th annual Minifest! on February 26 and 27. Whether you love comedy or drama, this mini festival will offer theatre pieces to suit all tastes. The shows on offer include brand new theatre creations and award winners from other festivals. Tickets are R60 per show and there are special discounts if you book for more than one. Continue reading