Hard-hitting Bash

Bret Easton Ellis. Raymond Carver. These writers jump to mind while watching Neil Labute’s Bash, directed by Megan Willson. Mundane everyday activities are numbing. As Bash’s characters do, we occupy ourselves with daily work or parties or the various and varying dramas that busy our time. But what’s really going on underneath it all?

Impressive Ira

04.07.2014 Four young, up and coming performers excel in Liquid Fusion’s Ira. All senior students at Wits University, they’ve produced a work that rivals some of the professional physical theatre I’ve seen at this festival. Daniel Geddes and Mark Tatham co-direct and both perform. Linda Mdena and Oupa Sibeko complete the cast. They’re all incredibly

Unaffected Unexpected Man

“…the meat of a conversation obviously doesn’t lie in what’s actually said…”” (Martha) Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man is often criticised for being better on page than on stage. I beg to differ. A commonly uttered phrase before one embarks on a bus or plane is “I hope I sit next to someone nice”. The

Oedipus @ Koö-Nú!: Woe is me

Greek tragedy performed well goes straight to our primal heart, tapping into archetypes that unite all of humanity. Greek tragedy done badly is a bore of actors bemoaning their fate and offering toneless philosophical monologues that test our endurance. Post-modernism done well is an incisive stab at our complacency, with irony as its sword. Done

Ngena!

The short of it: In 20 years of democracy, government has moved from crass panning of the the festival, to enthusiastically claiming it as their own to Wednesday’s encouraging position when incoming Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa seemed to get right inside the festival and acknowledge the struggle, role and power of artists