Arts News From Around South Africa

Laughing all the way to first Cape Town Fringe

The first Cape Town Fringe festival has been giving the city’s residents plenty to laugh about, with a comedy line-up from the absurd to the uproarious.

Skungpoomery auditions at The Playhouse

The Playhouse Company is holding auditions for professional performers to take part in its upcoming production of Skungpoomery.

Madala Kunene, Phuzekhemisi at The Playhouse

One of the country’s foremost musical visionaries, guitar player Madala Kunene, will be performing a one-off double bill concert.

Robert Hamblin exhibits The Colony at UJ Gallery

UJ Arts & Culture, a Division of Institutional Advancement, hosts Robert Hamblin’s exhibition of photographic imagery, entitled The Colony (Phase II – Occupy).


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 ...