Steve Archive

Tswalo: Mystical made manifest

The cycle of birth, life and death is a rather large theme to tackle in a performance. Although, at the same time, perhaps the simplest. All encompassing, yet something each one of us has experienced, is experiencing, and will experience. Or perhaps we’ve experienced it all before, many times. Whatever your view, it’s almost impossible

Cape Town Fringe: Get experienced

This is the fourth year of the fringe but this time around it’s a whole new beast. The CBD-centric programme is gone and in its stead shows are spread across a wider range of this city’s still disparite communities. It’s a new experience for the organisors, the National Arts Festival, moving away from the previous

Samthing Soweto: Stretching time

“I’m not ready for this. Yho! I’m not ready for this,” annouced a young woman pacing outside the Alma Cafe in apparent mild distress yesterday. It later turned out she was quite ready, but she had me wondering exactly what ‘this’ was going to be and whether I shouldn’t be more prepared somehow. What required

The Champion: A powerful punch

The protagonist in The Champion is not a nice guy. Yet Khayalethu Anthony, who wrote the script and acts as Thulani in this hard-hitting one-hander, is able to make us root for him. Our sympathy for the character is invoked despite even his misogyny at a time we have moved beyond outrage at the daily,

The Fall of the ANC at Open Book: More blood will flow

The intellectual boxing match between Prince Mashele and Charles Nqakula at the Open Book festival’s Fugard Theater main stage yesterday evening provided fascinating insight into the battered politician syndrome. Radio talk show host and author in her own right, Redi was the referee, although she was biased to Prince, her reason not having been bought