Arts News From Around South Africa

Shades is impressive at the Playhouse

Caroline Smart: Play showcasing Lisa Bobbert’s impressive skills is perfect for the Women’s Arts Festival.

What's On in Gauteng: Aug 30 to Sep 7

Jennifer de Klerk: Tomorrow the annual Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival launches with the ever-popular Jazz on the Lake Concert, heralding the start of spring.

Cirque Éloize iD is sassy and spectacular

Jennifer de Klerk: The trains rattle, the traffic roars, steam rises from the drains, lights prickle the highrises – this is the city, busy and bustling.

BASA Award for theatre sponsor

Auto & General Insurance receives a BASA Award for Sandton’s Theatre on the Square.

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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 ...