The best-kept ticket buying secret in town is a little drive-through office in Fiddler’s Green. There is one lonely, frozen woman on her cellphone sitting in a red-brick mausoleum (the old ticket office) behind a window which is barred on the outside with a cardboard interface on the inside between you and her. Using telepathy
imMEDIAte: We ask the questions, you answer, we post. Joanna Evans, 25. joanna evans What are you? It’s a big question. I go by theatre-maker, performer, writer. In that order. You have an issue with order?
Who is Johhny Boskak? Do we know him? Not really. Sort of… No-ja. Who is Craig Morris? We know him, this artist, here in the NGK Kerk saal, performing on a remote, disconnected Saturday afternoon, in Gatstad.
Finally! A post-modernist epiphany for schmucks. Hirsch, a tyrant, a prick, a genius, a holocaust “hollow ghost”. The boy, a foreign national fleeing post-Nazi Poland, who chose the farthest place in the world. Canada, where the ghosts of his arts community, his mother’s laugh to the death, inspired a great little theatre.
Pieter-Dirk Uys, we love you for many reasons, but none for African Times. There is a play here, but if the actors don’t tell us, how are we supposed to know what’s going on?
THE National Arts Festival is a living expression of the freedom enshrined in the Constitution, Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle told hundreds of cheering, whistling festinoes when he officially opened the 41st festival in the Guy Butler Theatre on Wednesday night. Guests received a festive greeting at the entrance of the Monument Building by clowns
GOVERNMENT will be criticised at the 41st National Arts Festival, but artists have been assured that the ruling party “can take the heat”. Deputy minister of arts and culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi told the media launch of the festival in Grahamstown last night that constructive criticism was good, as long as it was “patriotic”.
The phone rings. Joan Armatrading is calling. Why does she call me? The British singer-songwriter, whose intensely personal lyrics, unique tunes and rhythms have served as the soundtrack for an entire generation in South Africa, is coming to perform in Cape Town, East London, Durban and Johannesburg between 3 and 11 July. Armatrading, 42 years
Lake is for families, aka children, so asking them to come to a show at 8.30pm on a Friday night was not a wise programming choice. But some came, about 25 of us, and Ryan Dittman and Jaques de Silva gave us a fine performance.
We don’t cry during The Year of the Bicycle because it is soppy. We wail because it so damn defiant. We know South Africa has become a shit pit. In Inkandla we see our freedom, our dreams, our Mandela memories putrifying. Somebody obviously forgot to tell Joanna Evans and crew that that we are not