Theatre Archive

Yerma: Barren it ain’t

The Buddhists have it right. Desire causes unhappiness. And frustrated desire can make you crazy. Now it’s asking for a public flogging to state frustrated desire to bear a child, compounded by biological imperative, has the ability to drive some women mad with the unrelenting grief of what they are unable to have. But I

Kudu: Land claims its blood

So here we are again, have been for some time; in a tussle over land. Those who don’t have it are full of fury, and those who do full of fear. But when the furious have vanquished the fearful, when a particular interpretation of justice has been meted out, will peace then be attained? Not

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

Steke: A few loose threads

Steke has a promising start: playful and offbeat and quite quirky. The performers have talent. Saree van Coppenhagen and Boitumelo Mohutsioa won best female actresses at the inaugural Arts Incubator Trade Fair awards earlier this year. A fun camaraderie was set up between Sarie and Marie on stage and us in the crowd. “What are you

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,