Arts News From Around South Africa

Artwrap Gauteng: Oct 25-Nov2

Jennifer de Klerk: There’s plenty for all tastes this week from comedy to opera, serious drama to musical and an outrageous collection of men in pink tights.

Secret Ballot - protest theatre, political farce

The play explores how political influence may be used to further or to foil the ends of personal affluence; it runs at the Space.com at Joburg Theatre from October 30.

First for SA, ONSkuld - 'n Mobile Thriller

Louw Breytenbach: With what do you compare something that has never before been done in the South African theatre industry?

Sound Us Out: String Quartet & Film Music

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts / WitsMusic present Sound Us Out, with the Epoch String Quartet, on Sunday, November 9.

Artsblog

Baby brothers and bicycles

Joanna Evans presents a story of children for adults that is honest, beautifully executed and quite distressing. In The Year of the Bicycle, red string connects glowing jars as the year of 1997 unfolds for two youngsters. Andile, a boy from an impoverished community near Hout Bay, makes an unlikely friend over the suburban brick wall of Amelia's house, an only child who fights-off loneliness ...

Drive With Me: a moving ride

I saw Drive With Me, directed by Liz Mills, two days ago and have been surprised that there isn’t more talk about it. Being familiar with Megan Furniss’s website Megan’s Head, I went looking for some information. Megan posts that she’s had ...

The View tackles contemptible views

Wow. The View is veritable. Post-show audience comments included, “That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen”. I understand why they’d feel that way. We meet a boy, skilfully and tenderly brought to life by Gideon Lombard. From his ...

Don't give up

Of all the arts disciplines, theatre surely is the bi-polar sibling. It experiences the high of a full house standing ovation and the soul-crushing low of tiers of empty seats. You can pretty much take it for granted that empty seats are going to be ...