Domhall Gleeson to play ‘Winnie The Pooh’ author A.A. Milne in new biopic


Domhall Gleeson plays author A.A. Milne — who would take inspiration from his son’s toys to create Winnie-the-Pooh — to write the children’s classic. Photo: David-Appleby/Fox Searchlight Pictures

FINDING Neverland turned the creation of Peter Pan into an Oscar-nominated drama back in 2004, and Fox Searchlight is hoping to follow in those footsteps with its new film, a biopic of A.A. Milne, author created the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh. Continue reading

Play about Whoonga drug crisis wins big at 2016 Durban Theatre Awards


Ulwembu, a play which examines the Whoonga drug problem in KwaZulu-Natal, won five prizes at the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. Photo: File

ULWEMBU, a play which tackles the serious consequences of the Whoonga (low grade heroin) drug problem in Durban, was one of the big winners at this year’s Mercury Durban Theatre Awards.

Over the course of 2015, award-winning playwright and director Neil Coppen (Tin Bucket Drum, Tree Boy, Abnormal Loads and Animal Farm), actress Mpume Mtombeni, KwaMashu-based community-theatre group, The Big Brotherhood, and educational sociologist, Dylan McGarry, set about exploring the crisis.

The result of the two-year research/play-making process was a powerful new theatre production, which gave audiences the opportunity to walk in the shoes of users, dealers, police officers, social-workers and parents of drug users. Continue reading

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


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

Wanted: children to perform in KickStArt Theatre’s Winnie The Pooh


KickstArt Theatre Company will be presenting a colourful and faithful adaptation of AA Milne’s classic children’s story, Winnie the Pooh over the July school holidays- and they are looking for children to take part in the show.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, February 27 at the Playhouse Mayville workshops/studios in Ramsay Road, Mayville from  10 am sharp. Continue reading