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Hailey Gaunt

Hailey Gaunt

    Student productions: The antidote to stale theatre experiences
    Student productions: The antidote to stale theatre experiences
    I’ve learned to appreciate when an actor bungles a line on stage. No, I’m not a sadist of the theatre. It’s just that in the midst...
    The art and work of funny at the festival
    The art and work of funny at the festival
    I braved the second row of David Wasn’t Built in a Day, an autobiographical routine that is showing here at the National Arts...
    Hunting down words at the festival
    Hunting down words at the festival
    It’s not all mum for words here at this year’s National Arts Festival, though it may seem like literature has been reduced to those waxy...
    National Arts Festival: The art of survival
    National Arts Festival: The art of survival
    For the fourth day of the National Arts Festival, 25 youths from the Hlani district of Grahamstown’s eRhini township have trekked from their...
    Grotesque and glamourless: Gritty work of the Fest
    Grotesque and glamourless: Gritty work of the Fest
    When I see South African comedian and ventriloquist, Conrad Koch lying, back on the pavement with a puppet propped on his stomach, it hits me:...
    Feeling the freedom of the festival
    Feeling the freedom of the festival
    I’m still mulling over Ferial Haffajee’s lecture as I round the corner past the stroopwafel cart, thinking I might catch some free jazz...
    Turning hip-hop on its head
    Turning hip-hop on its head
    Rap and hip-hop are as much about image as they are about music. Artists wax lyrical about their ghetto beginnings, their love for the streets, the...
    When history takes the stage
    When history takes the stage
    On the surface Death of a Colonialist looks like a play about a proud and pontificating old academic, an acquiescent wife and their two...
    Avoiding the clichés
    Avoiding the clichés
    In the wash of its dim, warm light, framed by the vaulted and intricately depicted ceilings, the Rhodes Chapel was perhaps the most appropriate setting to behold the Festival?s god of guitar, Guy Buttery. ...
    An education
    An education
    How appropriate that a play about the social and political inner-workings of an English boy's school have its South African premiere in a town with...
    Fairer folk
    Fairer folk
    A staple dish on my National Arts Festival menu is always folk music. It's the soul food that can cure a week's worth poor nutritional choices....
    Losing his religion?
    Losing his religion?
    From sold out stadiums to obscure hotel conference rooms, from praise and worship pop to politically-charged antagonistic rock -- things have...