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Slabolepszy nails the art of reconcillation

24 May 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: SUDDENLY THE STORM

Market Theatre Review

Paul Slabolepszy makes a welcome return to the boards, having written and starring in his new play, Suddenly the Storm, writes Diane de Beer FOR PAUL Slabolepszy, his latest play, which premieres next month, is all about dates. He hasn’t written a new play for 18 years (not one that has been produced, anyway). This one, which taps into the 40-year commemoration of June 16, will be playing on that night in The Market Theatre; it’s also celebrating 40 years and this is the first time in 16 years that director Bobby Heaney and his buddy Slab are back in the Barney Simon, as well as th...

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Giving a voice to SAs children a voice

23 May 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: The Children’s Monologues - Fundraiser

Diane de Beer spotlights The Children’s Monologues, a unique fund-raising night… AFUND-raising campaign staged by celebrity actors in the UK to raise money for South African children has inspired local thespians to put together a star-studded event of their own. The Children’s Monologues featuring high-profile actors sharing powerful stories raised enough money to fund a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa. Now our local stage celebrities are preparing to replicate the event to raise money for the same charity, Dramatic Need based in the Free State. “It’s ...

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Behind The Rainbow

25 Apr 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: I SEE YOU

Text: Njabulo Ngidi Photographs: Suzy Bernstein Production: I See You Director: Noma Dumezweni Playwright: Mongiwekhaya Cast: Desmond Dube, Lunga Radebe, Sibusiso Mamba, Jorda Baker, Bayo Gbadamosi, Amaka Okafor, Austin Hardiman Venue: Market Theatre, until May 1. The problem with using a plaster on a wound is that it doesn’t heal it. It only covers it up, and when that plaster is removed the wound remains there. If not taken care of properly, it stinks up the place. South Africa tried to heal some of the wounds of apartheid with a plaster, from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) ...

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A ballad of love between two literary figures

22 Apr 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Plant Vir My ‘N Boom Andre

PLANT ER MY I M111 ANDRE gs HE was a woman who had a romance with the sea. And she was too much for the sea. He was her last lover who also threw her back.” These words by the late Andre P Brink, arguably one of South Africa’s most renowned authors, is only one of many garlands filled with quotations forming part of the core of Deborah Steinmair’s stage play, Plant vir my ‘n Boom Andre. It is in fact not a play at all in the conventional sense. It is partly poetry in motion - a ballad in which the lives of the poet Ingrid Jonker and Brink intertwine through their own wo...

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Stage exposes his darker side

22 Apr 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: I SEE YOU

Market Theatre Review

Celebrating two anniversaries — The Market’s 40th and the London Royal Court Theatre’s 60th — Mongiwekhaya’s /See You, starring Desmond Dube, opens this week. Diane de Beer spoke to the actor — about his role. ‘M ALIVE,” was Desmond Dube’s response when his wife checked in by phone to hear how the London rehearsals were going for the Royal Court’s I See You. Knowing how happy her man was to be on stage and hearing the enthusiasm, she knew “that’s the man I married”. Stage is Dube’s first love. It’s his passion and wh...

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Brink is bejaard en in ‘n rolstoel en hy kyk terug oor sy lewe terwyl hy sy (laaste) toespraak skry

22 Apr 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Plant Vir My ‘N Boom Andre

Plant vir my ‘n boom, Andre, Deborah Steinmair se debuuttoneelstuk, begin vanaand in die Markteater. In die stuk, waarvan die regie deur Jan Groenewald gedoen is, kry die gehoor ‘n blik op die lewe van die skrywer Andre P. Brink en sy veelbesproke verhouding met die digter Ingrid Jonker. Brink is bejaard en in ‘n rolstoel en hy kyk terug oor sy lewe terwyl hy sy (laaste) toespraak skryf. Jonker figureer telkens in die terugblik op ‘n verhouding, verlange en obsessie. Erik Holm en Tinarie van Wyk Loots is die akteurs. Uit die spelers se gesprek blyk die verskille tussen ...

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