Hailey Gaunt

Student productions: The antidote to stale theatre experiences

Until you've seen young minds create and execute ideas with limited experience and meagre budgets, your appreciation of art will never be adequate.

The art and work of funny at the festival

David Kibuuka, Johannesburg-based comedian, is a nice-guy funny man. "I don't rip people off in real life - why would I do it in a show?"

Hunting down words at the festival

There may be no WordFest this year, but the love of language is alive and thriving at this year's National Arts Festival, writes Hailey Gaunt.

National Arts Festival: The art of survival

For the third year running volunteer students are collaborating with artists and performers with the aim of opening the festival up to everyone.

Grotesque and glamourless: Gritty work of the Fest

They may make it look easy, but trying to earn a living from the theatre is as emotionally draining for performers as it is physically taxing.

Feeling the freedom of the festival

The Free Thinkers lecture at the National Arts Festival's Think!Fest was not the only place where dialogue and freedom of expression was explored.

Turning hip-hop on its head

Iain Ewok Robinson's one man show, <i>Seriously?</i>, breaks the mould and gives an honest glimpse behind the pretense of hip-hop.

When history takes the stage

<i>Death of a Colonialist</i> is an honest exposition on the importance of knowing history while not being defined by it.

Avoiding the clichés

Guy Buttery brought his unique approach to guitar folk to Grahamstown.

An education

Alan Bennet's The History Boys lays bare the dominant social insecurities around institutions of higher learning.

Fairer folk

Halfway through a manic festival, <b>Hailey Gaunt</b> takes a breather to catch some female-fronted folk.

Losing his religion?

A solo performance in Grahamstown left some wondering if Tree63 frontman John Ellis could ever distance himself from his Christian rock past.

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