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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.

Flash of greatness: RIP Stephen Eliovson

TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN ELIOVSON. TALENT IS A strange thing. Sometimes it flashes its feathers with an incendiary focus that is too wild for its environment. Jazz guitarist and master-musician Stephen Eliovson was a performer who had the talent and wisdom to harness that fire, but alas, he held […]

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 […]

Rain on my heartache

SONG REVIEW: WASHED AWAY. A TALE OF frustration and confusion, to say nothing of gender bewilderment in a desperate quest for love, young South African performer Yahto Kraft’s second single, Washed Away, released on 1 August 2020 brings together lyrical story telling that is a perfect vehicle for […]

Tripped up by my genes

PODCAST REVIEW: LOUISE. WHAT IS THE worst kind of news to hear when you are at the very cusp of the responsibilities of adulthood? For Louise, it isn’t something that has happened to her. Rather, it is a definitive understanding of what is wrong with her sister, Jill. […]

How to avoid doing the done thing

PODCAST REVIEW: SALLY. SALLY HAS JUST broken up with James. He was the boyfriend everyone, including herself,  has deemed completely lovely. This is her brief, crisp tale, beautifully delivered by Zara Day reflecting on what a young woman faces in a traditional heterosexual relationship. In just over 10 […]