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The state of the (performing) arts: Theatres try to find their groove

Theatres are opening (and closing) again in fits and starts, driven by a fierce determination to bounce back

Ma Rainey robbed of complexity on a ‘Negro’ path leading nowhere

The life of blues pioneer Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and her song Black Bottom have been turned into a film. Bongani Madondo laments its anticlimax

Musical drama ‘Hlakanyana’ offers biting social comment

The theatre piece draws on folklore and an Afrofuturist world to interrogate social ills

Don’t Miss: Our roundup of this week’s virtual and in-person events

From live music by the Reza Khota Quartet in Gugulethu to J.Bo’s live, online event, there’s plenty of culture to keep you entertained

‘Elusive Spring’ reveals South Africa today

Mike van Graan’s 2012 political thriller comes to life again ― and its themes are more relevant than ever

The Portfolio: Slindile Mthembu

Theatre-maker Slindile Mthembu has taken the plunge of reformatting her play, Igama?, for film, so that it can reach a wider audience

The art of the virtual experience

The live magic may be gone, but the National Arts Festival showcases some exhilarating work

Review: ‘Swan Song’, a brutally vulnerable performance

Buhle Ngaba’s ‘Swan Song’, showing online at the virtual National Arts Festival, explores the rawness of heartbreak, and of life

A ‘necessity being the mother of invention’ type thing

Danai Gurira on theatre and representation

Lebo M circles his Lion King life

As a kid in Soweto, he never dreamed he’d help the world fall in love with life in Africa; as a veteran musician his pride is undiminished

Another New Brighton veteran bids us farewell

Very early into making her mark as an actress and theatre maker, Nkonyeni set out for a politically charged career in the arts.

The Naledi Awards – South Africa’s shining star

Funding the awards has been a constant battle

SA’s disconnect from Africa limits cultural landscape

South Africa’s identity issues are reflected in its lack of appreciation for pan-African art

A call for township theatres

Practitioners say there is a need to reignite the fire that kept community theatre burning

​Actor, humanist, mentor

Emotive performances and a willingness to share were his enduring qualities, writes Kwanele Sosibo

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