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Joe Barber winter bottom warmer

18 Jul 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: JOE BARBER VI - LIFE

JOE Barber is a cut above the rest. Hence it’s stayed the course for an episodic sixth instalment in 15 years. Joe Barber VI - Life plays The Market Theatre from July 25 to August 24. I bumped into half the duo, David Isaacs, “crushing” a bunny chow as I call it at Orientals at the Durban Workshop. (The memory of the taste lingers long after the food colouring finger fades.) Having watched JB on numerous occasions in the West and East Cape, I can attest to its longevity, flavour and relevance. Isaacs is “ecstatic” about the Market booking made months before our ch...

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Athol; Back on boards

18 Jul 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: The Shadow of the Hummingbird

Atjo; back on boards Athol Fugard steps back onto the stage in The Shado Hummingbird, a two-hander about the imagination who loves in strange and crooked ways, writes Ther( HERE are two pieces of dialogue that you are adlibbing, and I think you’re adlibbing them better than the script,” says director Paula Fourie to actor and playwright, Athol Fugard. He is sitting on a chair on the makeshift stage of the rehearsal space, Fourie is cross-legged on the floor in front of him, Marviantos Baker lying on his stomach between them. As Fourie explains, Baker makes notes on his script and F...

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Barbershop characters reflect on life, as they see it

27 Jun 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: JOE BARBER VI - LIFE

Market Theatre Review

The Joe Barber franchise has been entertaining audiences for 15 years!

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Things change and stay the same

17 Jun 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Missing

Things change and stay the same John Kani reflects on 20 years of democracy, writes Pearl Boshomane ON IT IS hard to believe that John Kam is 70 years old. Watching him perform on stage in his new work, Missing, he is as fiery and visceral as ever. Missing is a fitting follow-up to 2002’s Nothing But the Truth, the last full-length play Kani wrote prior to this production. Set in Thabo Mbeki-era South Africa (around 2000), this new play, directed by Janice Honeyman, follows Robert Khalipa, a cadre who went into exile three decades earlier. He lives in Stockholm with his Swedish wife, Ann...

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Cadre Confusion

17 Jun 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Missing

Cadre confusion HURT: JOHN KANI’S NEW PLAY EXAMINES THE PAIN OF NOT BEING VALUED - Which is more valuable family or fatherland? obert Khalipa (Kani) is arespected ANC cadre in exile, waiting for the call from Thabo Mbeki’s government (he waited in vain for Nelson Mandela to phone; it’s now the year 2000 and the dust is settling on the transition to democracy) while teaching at a Swedish university. His wife, Anna, is a well-to-do Swedish businesswoman and their daughter Ayanda is beginning her career as a doctor and is also engaged to a Swede. The fly in the ointment - other ...

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After the struggle

17 Jun 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Missing

After the Struggle John Kani’s new play examines the themes of home, belonging and identity MISSING… Market Theatre Until July 13 WHAT survives when cultures collide, ideals are tarnished and expectations fail to be met? John Kani’s answer is simple and heart-warming. The play peels like an onion, exposing layer upon layer of cultural and gender differences and expectations, touching on themes like tolerance, integrity and respect. Somewhat inevitably, it is strongly political, even ponderous at times, with Kani in a statuesque role as Robert Khalipa, an ANC leader in exile. ...

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