Mike Archive

Odysseus Finn: Into the divine maelstrom

One of humanity’s greatest disconnects is from the universe. This is a massive insanity, a monstrous mental and physical trauma. Odysseus Finn is trying to heal this with sound art. The setting, the launch pad for this aural lift-off, is utterly epic; the domed City Hall auditorium with its grand architecture is prettily dotted with

Please disrupt me

Machine Makes Man: There is everything right about this acclaimed piece. Standing ovation, multi-media visual extravaganza, hi-tech, loveable characters and wonderful actors, just all fine. But. At the back of my mind there was this irritating thought that the concept they were exploring has been done. Pinched perhaps by movies and TV series. Limitless, Lucy, Her,

Ticket sales down 5%

NAF holds steady in tough economic climate By NAF Admin|July 13th, 2016|News|News|0 Comments [13 July 2016] – The National Arts Festival reported “solid and consistent” support for the arts in a tough economic environment, as it announced its 2016 attendance and sales figures today. “We’ve seen a slight flattening of our numbers over last year’s record-breaking attendance

Revolution in the streets finds its way onto our stages

YOUTHFUL “revolutionary” energy on South African streets which is being driven by the “brutality of poverty”, found it’s way onto the hundreds of performances at the National Arts Festival. This was the message given at the final awards and closing ceremony up in the Monument above Grahamstown on Sunday morning by a range of speakers,

Bitchin’ from the kitchen: Late night one-line reviews from the short table

The start of Les Cenzi was so violent someone farted. “Haaibo!” audience response in Crepuscule when Can Themba (Nat Ramabulana) crushes Jean Hart’s (Kate Liquourish) trembling little heart. We are one again. One Zero One 777: A fun play. Did not explore the traumatic depth of its substance. Sleepwalking Land: Interesting site-specific concept, badly played.

Two young men hurt in after-midnight crash

Two young men were hurt when they crashed, probably at high speed, into a robot on the intersection of Hill and Beaufort streets last night shortly after midnight. Critter writers sitting round their kitchen table drinking and chatting heard a mighty bash and went out to find the men trapped in a small bakkie which