2014 a big year for Standard Bank Young Artist Awards

The National Arts Festival last night named an unprecedented eight young South Africans winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, bringing to 125 the total number who have been honoured since Standard Bank began sponsoring the Awards three decades ago.     The Award is made annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim, or ...

Howl with laughter in the Dogyard

The horrors of the mind are explored in this nightmarish thriller. Dogyard gave me the same nervous feeling one gets watching a horror; you eagerly watch the black-cloaked creatures prey on innocent youngsters with a smile on your face. I devoured it! Woof! I use the term ‘thriller’  lightly since it was not at all doom and gloom. In fact, it was incredibly funny and witty, ...

what a Champ!

I could bearly contain myself when watching Champ. There were numerous occasions where I was literally hosing myself, mainly because I related to what they were making fun of, having done it myself. The story consists of three down-and-out actors who, after no luck in theatre, turn to playing bears in children Mall pantomimes. On a fur-filled day like any other, they meet Rodney, the devil ...

Take me to the river

On the last day of fest, just a day or two before I (and I suspect most of us) have to return to selling our dreams in return for lucre and security, I go see Through Blue. I knew it would be melancholy, I knew it ended on that most heartbreaking Johannes Kerkorrel song about Hillbrow, but I figured that’s ok, I would embrace the sadness. Stare straight into the heart of the abyss. I was ...

Festival finds and failures

As the last day draws ever nearer, a measure of reflection is in order on the wins and woes of the past 10 days. Having just seen Lucy Kruger singing, I think there's very little she can't do. And do well. It was her last music show so you'll have to catch her elsewhere. (Also, the bassist and drummer were remarkably fabulous.) Her Mother Milk choreography was fantastic. Her performance in ...

Fundamental theatre

A pervasive atmosphere of violence in society prevents us from engaging with each other as fellow human beings. Instead, constantly on guard with our desire to protect ourselves, our immediate family and property, we retreat into what is familiar, colouring ‘the other’ with our own – often unacknowledged – prejudices. Race and religion are the dominant markers of ‘the other’, and ...

FestForward Podcast: 5 July 2012

Want to find out about comedy and drama? Well listen to today"s podcast for more information on the 85m, the best casino online up 52% to £19m, bingo lower 9% to £2. solo performance Mother to Mother and on the duo performance Boet "n Swaer. FestForward: keeping you ahead of the Fest! ...

Hol leaves you breathless

On a good day I can run 11k’s an hour for about 20 minutes. 30 at a push. I consider myself reasonably fit and healthy, but looking at Nicola Hanekom going full speed for an hour made me feel like a chain-smoking alcoholic desk jockey. Not that her legs run full speed for the entire hour, although she ‘laat wikkel daai bene’ for much of the show, being that she performs the entire piece ...

No maybes about …Miskien

“What is all the fuss about?” I wondered during the first quarter of Ovation-Award winning play Miskien. It seemed to be a middle-of-the-road play about two young guys living rather banal lives. Sex, beer and the boring office hours in-between appeared to be the theme, with an odd little monologue of desperation from Gideon Lombard thrown in now and again. Then, about half-way in, we ...

Race aces it

In frame one, Franklin says to Charlie Brown: “I like being black.” Charlie says “good”, and in frame two replies: “I like being white.” Franklin’s response, in the final frame: “You racist.” I saw the Peanuts cartoon recently and it perfectly encapsulates the questions that emerge in Race, which opened on the Main last night. Is being born white in itself a racist ...