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Category: Theatre

Hold Shakespeare’s magic in a hand that trembles

THE POLITICS OF wickedness is something so well trodden in the world in which we live, that it feels disappointing to see Fred Abrahamse take a traditionally black and red and contextually erased response to Shakespeare’s bloodiest tale Macbeth. There have been so many monsters in our midst […]

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Taking liberties with Lady Phillips

SHE WAS NOBODY. That is, until she met and married mining magnate Sir Lionel Phillips, and gave life to the possibility of the Johannesburg Art Gallery – amongst other things – which became central to much of her life’s ambition. Lady Florence Phillips is an icon in historical […]

Doing it like the Fawlties

THEY’RE THERE, CONFRONTING you in the audience before curtain up in a polite and distinctly standoffish way, giving off love/hate hospitality vibes like only the British can do. He with his Bryl-cremed hair and moustache and awkward physicality. She with her guttural monotone guffaw, her frowzy wig and […]

Lessons of letting go

HOW DO YOU make sense of loss? It’s a relentless pit of remorse and unspoken words, of perhaps guilt and ‘should haves’.  It is an uncertain place of not knowing how your absent person would have responded to a given situation. It is in this morass of confused […]

How to know your worth

WHEN YOU’RE REALLY little, it seems as though everyone around you has stuff to do and responsibilities to uphold, and because you’re only little, you want to do what everyone else is doing, but you can’t. And you’re bored.  And you think you’re not good enough. Meet Manie […]