Arts News From Around South Africa

African Metropolis at cinemas in South Africa

African Metropolis, six short fiction films set in six African cities, starts screening on 9 May in Johannesburg and 30 May in Cape Town.

Community Arts Mentorship Programme

The Playhouse Company offers an exciting 6-week mentorship programme which involves a series of workshops covering all facets of theatre.

Playwriting workshop at The Playhouse Company

The Playhouse Company, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, will present a Playwriting Workshop over two weekends: 17-18 May and 24-25 May.

A threnody to the Marikana victims

Helgé Janssen: “Night is coming” – a threnody for the victims of Marikana is a filmic and aural sculpture by Aryan Kaganof.

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Baby brothers and bicycles

Joanna Evans presents a story of children for adults that is honest, beautifully executed and quite distressing. In The Year of the Bicycle, red string connects glowing jars as the year of 1997 unfolds for two youngsters. Andile, a boy from an impoverished community near Hout Bay, makes an unlikely friend over the suburban brick wall of Amelia's house, an only child who fights-off loneliness ...

Drive With Me: a moving ride

I saw Drive With Me, directed by Liz Mills, two days ago and have been surprised that there isn’t more talk about it. Being familiar with Megan Furniss’s website Megan’s Head, I went looking for some information. Megan posts that she’s had ...

The View tackles contemptible views

Wow. The View is veritable. Post-show audience comments included, “That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen”. I understand why they’d feel that way. We meet a boy, skilfully and tenderly brought to life by Gideon Lombard. From his ...

Don't give up

Of all the arts disciplines, theatre surely is the bi-polar sibling. It experiences the high of a full house standing ovation and the soul-crushing low of tiers of empty seats. You can pretty much take it for granted that empty seats are going to be ...