Secrets, shadows: Ethiopia’s scars

FILM REVIEW: FINDING SALLY. A WOMAN STANDS and calls the name of her long absent sister in a wide valley in Africa. The keening sound reverberates eerily, but beautifully. It is even in tone, mournful in its sense of plea. The gesture offers goosebump-raising closure to a bitter […]

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 […]

Spin and the mechanics of evil

FILM REVIEW: INFLUENCE. AN ELDERLY WHITE man in a cardigan sits and smokes with his back to the camera, in the opening scene of Richard Poplak and Diana Neillie’s exceptionally slick piece of filmic journalism Influence. Lord Timothy Bell may look benign but with his amorality on his […]

Ties which bind us all

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION REVIEW: IKHAYA LIKAYMOYA. A WOMAN’S FACE is drenched with baptismal fluid. Her expression is serene. Her eyes closed. Another woman holds her peer from behind, a call of fierceness on her lips, fervency in her posture. A child peeks solemnly through the fabric and drapery surrounding […]

Haunted by Maluna

RADIO DRAMA REVIEW: DIE NAG VAN LEGIO. WHEN YOU GET so immersed into a radio play that you feel at once transfixed and terrified to your very core, you know that you are in the presence of real greatness — from the perspectives of writing, directing and performing. […]

Of rude vessels, mediocrity and gods

FILM REVIEW: AMADEUS AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE. THE CURIOUS FLAW in this almost mythic tale of maverick talent, jealousy and the celebration of mediocrity, is how it is hinged on ostensible fact. Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play Amadeus took some fuzzy hearsay around the life and death of 18th […]

Leaps of faith and chicken sandwiches

REVIEW: RADIO DRAMA ‘KRAG’. WHAT ARE THE protocols of an emergency under lockdown? A little old lady, Elsa Venter (Elize Cawood) fiercely alone in her Linden flat encounters a problem big enough for her to call the emergency services, but is it big enough for them to take […]

Sky-high dreams: RIP Given Mkhize

TRIBUTE TO GIVEN MKHIZE RESEARCHED BY DANIELLE ROODT. “WHAT YOU SEE is what you get,” were the words accomplished South African actor, choreographer and dancer Given Phumlani Mkhize used to describe himself on social media. This skilled and delightful performer literally left his heart and soul onstage, on […]