Arts News From Around South Africa

War Horse puppets tug the heartstring

Lesley Stones: “Wow!” is the easiest way to sum up War Horse.

Bad days never felt this great!

Daniel Dercksen: If there’s one bad day that will definitely make your day it’s the delightfully charming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Everything was first class

Don Albert:  After two weeks in Nice, we took a little 10-day jazz cruise from Monte Carlo to Barcelona on the six-star ship Seabourn.

Kemang Wa Lehulere makes waves as Visual Art SBYA

Cape Town-based visual artist Kemang Wa Lehulere has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art.


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 ...