Theatre Archive

The Old Man and the Sea: Sailing safe waters

Machismo is so passe. Activities such as bullfighting, drinking, arm wrestling, fishing are no longer to be revered, or be written about except in terms of irony or disapproval. It’s only natural. There has been too much blood and killing, conquest and destruction in a world teetering on the edge of annihilation. Too much of

Moonless: A trick of the light

It’s strange to call a play involving the death of a child, suicide, and self-imposed isolation sweet. But that’s the most apt description of Moonless, and it’s an ambiguous one. ‘Sweet’ is generally not a theatrical aspiration. Perhaps, given the subject matter in Moonless, this is quite an achievement, particularly as it is rather well-made.

Zombie Attack: The fear!

Gaëtan Schmid greets us as we come into the venue (the intimate Masonic Back) with his wide, boyish smile and welcomes us into the show with an equally generous introduction. The set consists of a speaker, a beautifully crafted wooden little school desk and chair and a wall filled with post-it notes on which are

Quickies: Ordentlik

Ordentlik. The Afrikaans word is heard to describe… a hearty meal, a well-organised event, or a decent person. Who, or what system, sets the rules for “decent”? Well, that’s what Ordentlik asks and considers. Ordentlik is nice, neh. Ordentlik is praised. Hallelujah. Ordentlik is drilled in deep. In the dungeons of the monument to colonisers,

#Selflove: Shallow waters

The irony of Insta stares at us from our phones as we scroll down one picture, one vapid Insta-story at a time. There are academics with PhDs posting daily snippets of their lives with perky commentary a thin veil for a desperate need for validation. There’s the pretty girls and their endless selfies, the topless

Arcade: Indelibly disruptive

The irony of a live art exhibition like Arcade being held at an old power station is not lost on me. Socio-political analysis is my unforgiving mistress. So standing at the entry of this aged factory I immediately pondered the favouring and perpetuation of a mainstream masculine identity by the country’s energy complex. But once

Quickies: 2Dee

Suspend your disbelief and cross over into the shadows, is what we’re asked to do in 2Dee. Avril Cummins stitches together a series of short scenes, either with narrated stories or the soundtrack playing, and the action is played out using the ancient form of shadow play. While Avril twirls a mobile of colourful birds,