Tag: Bongi Thomas

Portrait of the cat with shooting stars

FURKIDS. IT’S A strange and saccharine construct that has crept into common discourse almost surreptitiously, giving your pet that leap into the intimacies of your family. But what if he really took that leap himself and offered you something more to being in the world? This is one […]

The value of camel hair

AFRIKAANS RADIO THEATRE: A REVIEW. SUPPORTED BY APPROPRIATE skill and humility, bible stories can be seen as a cipher for lessons of morality. Ask any preacher who stands at the pulpit, week after week. But if you take a listen to Joey van Niekerk’s riveting work Die Kleed, […]

My ticket out of here

WHAT DO YOU do when you are itchy for adventure and the boring farm in which you have been raised is simply that: boring, in its politics, its values, its chances for love and its ordinariness? If you’re Gisela (Christine Voorendyk), you simply look out the window. This […]

Things in madam’s fridge

RADIO DRAMA REVIEW: DIE LYK. WHAT DO YOU do when you kill your impossibly annoying husband in error? This is the quandary that besieges Trudie (Elzabe Zietsman) in this week’s Afrikaans-language radio drama, by Karin du Toit, which debuts tonight, 11 June, at 8pm on Radio Sonder Grense. […]

My one in a million

MURDER AND VIOLENCE have become so commonplace in South Africa these days that they often don’t make it to national headlines as they once may have. And in erasing the grand narrative from public awareness, the underlying personal tales of love and hope, of disappointment and stargazing get […]

Up, up and away!

IT TAKES A very special writer to be able to strip the emotion of a funeral and infuse it with seriously funny dark humour that forces it to rise to a new level. This is what you will experience in Albert Short’s Ontydige Tydings (Untimely Tidings), an Afrikaans […]

Dirt under the business front

FROM THE GET go, you’re in a newspaper environment in a city where young women are currency and business fronts to terrible wheeling and dealing proliferate. This is Betrayal, an English-language radio play by Elma Potgieter, which attempts to bring in all the dirty threads that comprise the […]