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Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and artslink.co.za and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years. This blog promises you new stories every week, be they reviews, profiles, news stories or features.

Ode to the superman vandal in our midst

FILM REVIEW: BANKSY, MOST WANTED. ARE YOU, PERHAPS, Banksy in your private life? Do you slip out of context, don a workman’s overall and become invisible as you paint clever mischief through stencils or spray cans onto unsuspecting public walls? The core of sheer documentary gold is to […]

My BFF: stolen by a sproglet

PODCAST REVIEW: MEGAN. SO, YOUR BEST friend finds herself “up the duff”. And you, who have decided that you will not have children, need to respond. This is the dilemma of Megan, played by Victoria Emslie, the sixth in the series of monologues, The End of the Line, […]

Love and tenderness in a time of Aleppo

FILM REVIEW: FOR SAMA. SAY THE WORDS ‘Aleppo’ and ‘2016’ and if you have had a quarter of an ear on the news during that period, you will shiver with the memory of appalling atrocities perpetrated against Syrian civilians. In her intimate, multi-award-winning documentary, journalist Waad al-Kateab offers […]

The ecstacy of daily struggle

FILM REVIEW: CUNNINGHAM. HE REFUSED TO be known as ‘avant-garde’, but set fire to every dance cliché and rule that you can think of, in his outstanding and bold repertoire, answerable to no one. This was Merce Cunningham, celebrated in Alla Kovgan’s beautiful film, Cunningham, which features on […]

Regrets? Me?

PODCAST REVIEW: MARY. ‘MARY’, THE FOURTH monologue in the Ink Jockey podcast series The End of the Line, seems to be older than the women we’ve  heard so far. She ponders the way in which strangers feel it is their beholden right to barge into one’s life and […]

Rude boys, girls who bristle

PODCAST REVIEW: SKYLAR. THE THING ABOUT Skylar, the third monologue in the podcast series The End of the Line, is her fiery youth and her anger. Similar to the situation with Sally, a couple of episodes ago, there isn’t a deep dark reason – or at least one […]