Little girl with the face of an adult

REVIEW: AFRIKAANS RADIO DRAMA: DIE SWERFJARE VAN POPPIE NONGENA. THE POTENT TREASURE of the complicated situation of standing still in a place where history is in the making, turning and swirling on itself and all that it may mean to future generations feels particularly prescient in this age […]

How to strip down stereotypes

SONG REVIEW: UGLY. The goosebumps start with the first few lyrics. They don’t stop. Yahto Kraft may be just 18, but he has the sensibility, the cojones and the focus to take on the flaccid stereotypes of this world with complete clarity. And win. His debut single, Ugly, […]

The meaning of treasure. And cheese.

THEATRE REVIEW: TREASURE ISLAND. PATSY FERRAN IS a Spanish-born actor, who at the time of the stage debut of the National Theatre’s Treasure Island was in her early 20s. The enormity of her presence, the wit and poetry of the manner in which she articulates and inhabits the […]

A waitress’s lament

AFRIKAANS RADIO THEATRE REVIEW: SJARRAP EN EET JOU KOS! IF YOU DIDN’T hear Radio Sonder Grense’s delightful Afrikaans-radio drama offering a contemplation on the vagaries of being a waiter, a couple of years ago, or even if you did, there’s a treat awaiting you this Thursday evening. The […]

No place like home

BOOK REVIEW: I WANT TO GO HOME FOREVER. WHAT IS A story? Knock on the scholarship of Carl Gustav Jung and you’ll discover that there are basically seven narrative plots in the world.  Look at the ongoing repertoire of some children’s theatres and you may believe that there […]

The rise and fall of Ms Eyre

THEATRE REVIEW: JANE EYRE. IF YOU’VE REACHED the point of misremembering the magic of theatre, having not seen anything live and outstanding since lockdown was declared a couple of weeks ago, look no further. Sally Cookson’s whopping three hour long production of Charlotte Brontë’s great 1847 classic Jane […]

Gossip and its discontents in Golgotha

AFRIKAANS RADIO DRAMA: DIE LËE GRAF SOMETHING RATHER EXTRAORDINARY happens to the New Testament narrative around the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ under the pen of Helena Hugo and in an Afrikaans radio drama. Die Lëe Graf tells the story of Easter from the perspective of Nicodemus […]

Ode to an orange tree

AFRIKAANS RADIO DRAMA REVIEW: DIE GOUE KRING A parable of citrus fruit and blindness, generosity and the plight of others, this week’s Afrikaans language radio drama, Die Goue Kring (The Gold Ring) by Uys Krige draws from Radio Sonder Grense’s archives and presents a tale of a prodigal […]

Moonshine and black coffee

AFRIKAANS RADIO DRAMA: AS ONS TWEE EERS GETROUD IS As you barge into the Van der Merwes’ household this evening, all the miseries of lockdown will miraculously disappear, albeit for just one hour. Tonight sees the start of Radio Sonder Grense’s Afrikaans-language radio theatre season, and the organisers […]

Inextinguishable Flame: RIP Steve Fataar

TRIBUTE: STEVE FATAAR (1943-2020). A MAN WITH true heart, fluid musicality and a profound sense of dignity that never needed polishing with platitudes and compliments, Durban-based singer, acoustic guitarist and song-writer, Steve Fataar passed away from lung complications on 18 January 2020. He was 76. A seminal part […]