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To the vibarians: Change or vokof

So a new Village Green will rise at Victoria Girls High next year. That’s 300 traders who will inhabit a redesigned space. Smaller tents, all niched, and school accommodation readily available right there. Not bad. And traffic congestion moves from Rhodes to VG where a genius is going to sort it all all out. It

Ankobia profile: Blackness examined in a bleak future

ANKOBIA, the most eagerly awaited play by 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for theatre Monageng “Vice” Motshabi, 35, opens at the National Arts Festival on Friday July 7. Motshabi, interviewed soon after he arrived in Grahamstown where symbols and statues recalling white settler history assailed him, spoke about how the new play, produced

Pop iCheri profile: Crotch politics goes deep

At first glance it looks like a titillating student production promising expanses of bare flesh and sex. “Pop, lick, squich, ouch, yeees, no, sho, too big, yikes, yuck…” promises the programme. But Pop i Cheri, while it is about virginity, is a lot deeper than that. Market Theatre Laboratory co-directors Tumeka Matintela and Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi

Couplet: Dark tales for tall children

Take Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, turn Vladimir and Estragon into the characters Fear and Doubt, mix in some puppetry, 19th Century steampunk costumes, and vaudeville layered over cautionary tales in rhyming verse, and you can begin to imagine the world conjured in Couplet. While it could be a cauldron with too many ingredients, in

EC Premier Masualle steps in to repair Lotto schlenter

THE Eastern Cape government has stepped in to rescue the National Arts Festival (NAF) from a R10-million rand cash crunch caused by Lotto changing its funding rules. This was revealed an interview with NAF CEO Tony Lankester before the traditional media briefing this week, often regarded as the first public opening of the largest arts

Trade Fair awards: A spree of support

It was a blast. Apparently. Everyone said so, and I certainly enjoyed it. Talking about the Art Incubator’s Trade Fair that happened at the Market Theatre campus this past week. “I’ve loved it,” said Nicoleen Louw, sincerely. An arts coordinator at Playhouse Company in Durban, Louw is one of many who do the hard grind