Statements: Held back by homage

Liezel de Kock and Marlo Minnaar in Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act
Liezel de Kock and Marlo Minnaar in Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act

Two naked lovers on stage involved in the meanderings of post-coital conversation is riqué even as dusk falls on the 2010s. How risqué it was in 1972, when Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act was first staged at The Space in Cape Town, most of us can only guess. What is certain is the two naked bodies on stage being of different races – she white, he coloured – must have been scandalous. Not to mention flirting with the law.

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Cape Town gig guide: October – spring has sprung

We’ve given in to the fact that summer is now here. What about spring, you ask? This is Cape Town mos, spring is gone already. So if you want to escape the south-easter, the inside of a theatre works.

Danger in the Dark, a reworking of Poison by the late Talipe Petersen and David Kramer, plays at The Baxter.
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Becoming: Gil Hockman breaks through the loops

Solo musos on guitar, synthesiser and feedback loop. They pop up at weird festivals in rural towns, like the olive festival in Riebeeck-Kasteel, or the pumpkin festival in Heidelberg. They’re ubiquitous and they all sound like Jeremy Loops. Actually they all might be Jeremy Loops. Not that there’s anything wrong with Jloo, thousands adore him, it’s just his voice strikes the wrong note for me. Him and Jack Johnson; whatever they choose to sing about, they sound ultimately happy and self fulfilled, as if life, all told, is easy. Which is a lie. Continue reading →

Whatever: Sex, drugs, and Cape Town’s elite

Book review

By Matilda Tullie

The daughter of eccentric artist parents and the granddaughter of DRUM founder Jim Bailey, Saskia Bailey grows up in an extraordinary home where a train station of wildly interesting guests formed the wallpaper of her childhood.

Earlier this year 21-year-old Saskia Bailey weighted South Africa’s book shelves with the release of her debut novel: Whatever: A 21st Century Memoir. Recounting harrowing stories of sex, drugs, death and eating disorders, Bailey writes about her experiences in an honest and brutal tone. She wants her readers to feel uncomfortable, yet keep them curious.

I would like you to take Whatever not with a pinch, but a bucket of salt.”- writes Baily in her preface. Continue reading →

Mango Ginger: Fresh and zesty in Obs

Coffee shop review

Apricot and venison, and chicken and leek pies, with potato wedges on the side.

The geography of Observatory is such that it enables a sense of community; it has a ‘high street’ of its own separate from the main road from the city to the south, and has a continuity of architecture and narrow streets that contributes to an egalitarian sensibility.

With its collection of bars, a few theatres, coffee shops, vintage shops and dives, it is often described as Bohemian. Being close to UCT means there’s also lots of students living around which keep it young. It can also be a bit grimy, especially if you have memories of one too many dawns following a looong night of bar tending (hello Ruby in the Dust, anyone?). Continue reading →