Theatre

King Kong confined to history
King Kong confined to history
What gets lost in the passage of time? Eventually … everything.
Song and dance can’t save the show
Song and dance can’t save the show
“It’s a great story but it needs some truth to it,” Letta Mbulu said during a July 2017 interview with 702’s Pippa Hudson of her experience...
​King Kong rises to fight again
​King Kong rises to fight again
Cape Town in the dismal apartheid Fifties was even whiter than it is now. And not very cool. Which is why King Kong — the tragic...
On political memory, hidden histories, and living remains
On political memory, hidden histories, and living remains
In the one-hander Black, Ameera Patel squeezes centuries of history into what feels like an epic condensed into about an hour of stage time. Adapted...
​An evening of opera in aid of a good cause
​An evening of opera in aid of a good cause
When was the last time you dressed up for the opera? In a church? In Joburg? the The Childhood Cancer Foundation SA (CHOC) and...
​Land and patriarchy take centre stage in Kani and Mda’s recent collaborative play
​Land and patriarchy take centre stage in Kani and Mda’s recent collaborative play
In Zakes Mda and John Kani’s collaboration, The Dying Screams of the Moon, the thorniest of South African issues is used as the pivot...
OBITUARY: Adam Small had words and learning in his blood
OBITUARY: Adam Small had words and learning in his blood
Poet, playwright, translator, activist and educator, Adam Small was a protean man of letters, to which he brought black consciousness sensibility...
Lara Foot a leader in the field with hard-hitting plays that tackle social issues
Lara Foot a leader in the field with hard-hitting plays that tackle social issues
It is more than 30 years since Lara Foot first immersed herself in the cultural sights and sounds of the National...
Final curtain for NAF’s Ismail Mahomed
Final curtain for NAF’s Ismail Mahomed
After eight years of developing themes and drawing up the National Arts Festival programme, Ismail Mahomed is stepping down as the artistic...
Rare Shakespeare folio worth millions turns up on Scottish Isle
Rare Shakespeare folio worth millions turns up on Scottish Isle
A rare copy of a First Folio of the works of William Shakespeare has been found in a home on the Scottish Isle of Bute. The First Folio is the name given to the first collected edition of William Shakespeare’s 36 plays published in 1623, seven years after he died....
Theatre creatives honoured in Cape Town
Theatre creatives honoured in Cape Town
The great and the good of South African theatre gathered at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on Sunday evening for the 51st annual Fleur du Cap...
Both the sacred and profane are fair game on reality TV
Both the sacred and profane are fair game on reality TV
With the boom in the reality TV, nothing happens behind closed doors any longer. Viewers have become nosey neighbours peeking through windows and...
Imbawula: Tales weaved around the fire
Imbawula: Tales weaved around the fire
On paper it seems simple enough. Get a bunch of South Africans - preferably millennials with a degree of social...
Cycle of black despair makes this classic play hit home
Cycle of black despair makes this classic play hit home
One night in February, we squeezed into a packed Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, to see director James Ngcobo’s staging of Lorraine...

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