Gig guide: Mzansi arts

2011-02-22 13:20

Durban’s looking for new talent as the Standard Bank Young Artist winner for drama looks to cast his new play, in Port Elizabeth new artists introduce themselves with an exhibition that invites people to recycle more, and Gauteng should be a funny place to be in March as Marc Lottering and Joey Rasdien besiege the city.


The Barnyard Theatre @Gateway is holding open auditions for male and female singers as well as for musicians.

Those who wish to audition should prepare two songs for the audition, one a rock song.

The auditions take place on March 10, registration begins at 9.30am and auditions begin at 10am.

031 566 3045.

Standard Bank Young Artist winner for Drama Neil Coppen is holding auditions for his new play that will travel to the National Arts Festival this year.

The play, Abnormal Loads, is set in a fictional battlefield town in KwaZulu-Natal and he is looking for three actors.

To book a place and to find out if you fit the bill call 083 251 9412 or email

Port Elizabeth

Fine Art
A group of emerging artists are currently presenting a selection of works that engage audiences about waste and how to use it again.

The works presented as Waste@Recycle: Make Beautiful are at EPSAC Gallery in Bird Street until March 4.


Stand Up
Two of South Africa’s best known comics Marc Lottering and Joey Rasdien will be in the City of Gold over the next few weeks.

Marc Lottering: Not in 3D comes to the Market Theatre in Newtown from March 1 to 26.

Rasdien is returning to Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre for two performances only on March 11 and 12.

Book for both shows at Computicket.

Arthur Miller’s shocking play that takes on the evils of prejudice and superstition The Crucible comes to Promusic’s main auditorium from March 7 to 26.
The play is given an update and an added dimension by Dawid Boverhoff, who adds a musical score to the story of a group of young women who turn a town on itself with their whispering and accusations of witchcraft.

The Crucible is a setwork for schools and performances can be booked by calling 011 674 1356.

Durban guitarist extraordinaire Guy Buttery comes to Gauteng to show why he was a Sama winner last year as well as the recipient of two awards at last year’s National Arts Festival. Buttery is performing at Wits Auditorium on February 26 at 7.30pm.

011 717 1376.

Fine Art
Sculptor Dylan Lewis is currently showing a selection of his beautiful, tactile pieces at Circa on Jellicoe until the first week in March.

Lewis’ pieces are made from clay in his studio and he invites audiences to engage with them not only visually but physically too.

If you haven’t yet seen his incredibly evocative works, don’t miss this chance to do so.


The Black Tie Ensemble’s next dinner time concert is at Ristorante Ritrovo in Waterkloof Heights on March 2.

The performance will be the debut of two of the group’s new members tenor Lazarus Molepolle and baritone Elias Moss.

The programme will consist of well-known arias as well as duets and ensemble work. 012 460 5173.

Cape Town

Iziko South African National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Ernest Cole entitled Ernest Cole, Photographer from Friday February 25 to April 30.

The photographs document what the artist believed it meant to be black under apartheid and explore many aspects of life from school to life down the mines and how black people navigated the madness of that era.

The exhibition includes many very rare prints.

Sir Anthony Sher, the South African born thespian, returns to his motherland for Broken Glass at the Fugard Theatre in March.

The play, written by Arthur Miller, is about a Jewish couple living in New York dealing with the guilt of the aftermath of Adolf Hitler’s Night of Broken Glass in 1938.

021 461 4554.

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