South African theatre

 
Louis Viljoen: Theatre’s unruly wunderkind
Louis Viljoen: Theatre’s unruly wunderkind
Behind those owlish glasses lie the sharp eyes and ruthless instincts of a raptor. But Louis Viljoen is a raptor who can see the funny side, who...
'UMOJA' narrator Hope Ndaba takes his final bow
'UMOJA' narrator Hope Ndaba takes his final bow
Self-taught musician and narrator, Penuel Bhekizitha "Hope" Ndaba, has died, leaving a void in one of South Africa's longest standing theatre...
Mbongeni Ngema: Lion of the stage
Mbongeni Ngema: Lion of the stage
Since making his indelible mark on the history of South African theatre with Woza Albert!, a play that has become a potent symbol of the...
Stages of identity
Stages of identity
Experiments in Freedom: Explorations of Identity in New South African Drama by Anton Krueger (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)...
New audiences, new fans
New audiences, new fans
In the first decade of the 21st century, the most obvious shifts in mainstream South African theatre followed world trends. Stand-up comedy...
Collective catharsis
Collective catharsis
If Mike van Graan, Aubrey Sekhabi, Janice Honeyman and John Kani have something in common, it's in how their current productions submerge the...
Unspectacular spectacle
Unspectacular spectacle
Not one black person attended the opening night of Deon Opperman's South African Anglo-Boer War musical, Ons vir Jou, at the Pretoria State...
Village awakening
Village awakening
The enervated pall which hangs over the exclusive confines of Hilton College in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands is punctured by the sound of laughter...
'Sarafina III' a hot potato
'Sarafina III' a hot potato
The Mpumalanga provincial government last week defended its decision to splurge R22-million on a musical commemorating the 50th anniversary of the...
Taking plays to print
Taking plays to print
If plays stay on stage, never making their way on to the page, South Africans could lose an important aspect of their culture. But not if Robin...
Dancing on airs
Dancing on airs
It's a night of a thousand stars at the Civic Theatre as the Cha Cha Heels impersonate the glamour girls of showbiz with humorous imperfection. At...
Cross-cultural critique
Cross-cultural critique
As a nation, South Africa has long overcome cultural cringe and the need to emulate Anglo-America for artistic validation. We do however still tend...

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