Two musicians can play the same note on the same saxophone and yet, and yet there will be an indefineable difference. Something to do with the way the note vibrates. Something to do with the breath, with the landscape absorbed by the player, manifest in an aural abstraction. Sisonke Xonti has it. That quality that
The director of a mediocre musical designed to entertain rather than challenge its audience berates the actors during rehearsal. A little dictator of the stage, he lashes them for small lapses with highly personal insults. And they take it, apologise and play the line again, which leads to new insults. And again and again, the
TSOMO’S GOT STYLE … Fabulous Andiswa Bala, comes to festival all the way from Tsomo where rural fashion has become high art. Her Liamber-label designs which use traditional tough clothe, embelished with stunning lines and curves, demand a decent prices. The red creation in the background will sell for R2 000.
Performance art is radical. It has broken away from the formal illusion of theatre to create work which is shockingly real. Artists put their bodies on the line to express deep, complex, issues. It is often about wounds, and on stage, can be wounding for both the artist and the audience. In the the current
THE cruelty of god, stone and the Kowie Railway Company is finely explored in Peter Terry’s dramatisation of the April 22 1911 Blaauwkrantz bridge disaster. The train was carrying a load of quaried stone from Bathurst to Grahamstown for the construction of the Anglican cathedral of St Michael and St George, which Terry, in his
A full house. A happy audience. A successful piece of commercial theatre that will make you laugh for a bit. And then you carry on with the rest of your life. If you want to make money in theatre this is clearly how you do it. I joined the queue of snotty teenagers and snottier
Oops, SA Weather Service says snowfalls may be heavier on mountain passes than expected and may even be “disruptive”. Take care and enjoy those African snowscapes! Windguru says frontal cloud will hit Grahamstown at 5pm. It’s windy now. Please find a summary of the expected weather for the Eastern Cape from the SA Weather Service: