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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
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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
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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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A tale of eternal love

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

Tinarie van Wyk Loots spoke to Diane de Beer about her latest role, being an actor and working with the love of her life T’S like a gentle happening,” says Tinarie van Wyk Loots, the Afrikaans-speaking actress from the Cape who stars with her partner Erik Holm in Plant vir my ‘n Boom Andre. What she says makes perfect sense. It’s the debut play by writer Deborah Steinmair who reacted to the release of a book translated from Afrikaans as Flame in the Snow. The book examines the relationship between two writers Andre P Brink (who died last year) and poet Ingrid Jonker who...

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I See You is copiously challenging, intelligent and important.

16 Mar 2016 in Uncategorised
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What’s it all about? On his Royal Court debut, writer Mongiwekhaya takes a step back and takes stock, pitting the shockwaves of contemporary South Africa’s past against the glowing promise of its future. At one end of the ideology spectrum you have freedom fighter-turned-police officer Buthelezi, a wearied and troubled middle-aged man witnessing the collapse of his marriage from the sheer weight of the trauma he suffered during the apartheid epoch. At the other: young law student Ben, a middle-class liberal belonging to a generation seemingly ignorant of the grisly history his Johannesburg...

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