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The Portfolio: Nanna Venter

‘Artsronaut’ Nanna Venter lets us in on her process for designing book covers, including for Lauren Beukes’s ‘Afterland’

Napo Masheane sings a new song of freedom

Napo Masheane draws on the Women’s March of 1956 to add depth to her play about politics in present-day South Africa.

Blistering humour defines ‘Bad Jews’

Theatre director Greg Karvellas talks about the play that tells a story of remembrance and legacy.

A love affair with Can Themba

A young playwright tells how the Sophiatown-era writer provided the inspiration for a new play.

John Kani on his new play, ‘Missing’

Renowned actor and playwright John Kani talks to Brent Meersman about his new play, "Missing", now showing at the Baxter Theatre.

Theatre going in the right direction

Reports of the death of stagecraft are exaggerated, says Brent Meersman. He turns the footlights on SA's playmakers who are getting it right.

Mother of all dinners

Sylvaine Strike's perceptive play,<em> The Table</em>, has all the Chagall-esque components to make it a nice, whacky work of Jewish expressionism.

An epic scale

<i>Abnormal Loads</i> spans two centuries, which may explain why the production, at times, felt as if it had been spread too thin.

Gathering around The Table

<i>The Table</i> captures all the melodrama and begrudging sentiment of family life as it unfolds around a meal.

Tables turned on family notions

<i>The Table</i>, Sylvaine Strike's latest play, examines notions of the family and the truth.

‘Political correctness takes away your balls’

World-renowned and mostly overseas-based, Athol Fugard finds that he inevitably writes for fellow South ­Africans, whose code he mastered long ago.

Shattering dreams

Arthur Miller's <i>Broken Glass</i> is an exploration of what happens to people when they surrender their own desires and disregard the truth.

In the beginning was the image

Fringe playwright <b>Conrad Kemp</b> writes about his approach to making work for the National Arts Festival.

Family history in red and white

<em>Percy Zvomuya</em> is captivated by Jamie Bartlett in <em>Death of a Colonialist</em>, but where are the Xhosas?

Confronting darkness

Brent Meersman chats to the irrepressible playwright, Athol Fugard, ahead of the premiere of his latest play, <em>The Train Driver</em>.

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Judicial Conduct Committee orders Mogoeng to apologise for his remarks about SA Israel relations

The JCC said that by the chief justice straying into politics, he breached the judicial conduct code and ordered him to issue an apology and retraction

‘Doctors’ wives’ jump Covid queue

Private doctors and civilians have been exploiting gaps in the public health system to get vaccinated

Ithala fails to act against board chairperson over PPE scandal

Morar asked to settle with the state and pay back the profit he made on an irregular tender

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