Out and about...

2011-04-07 12:07

From the dizzyingly creative physical theatre piece Hats to a chance to view the intricate work of the women of the Kopanang Community Trust and the Danny Boyle-directed West End sellout Frankenstein, there’s no excuse to stay home this week.


Frankenstein, a cutting edge play by Nick Dear, which is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s influential 19th-century novel, is currently enjoying a sold-out run at the Olivier Theatre at London’s National Theatre.

South Africans will be able to view this bold reimagining of Shelley’s classic gothic tale in high definition, broadcast live via satellite from London to all Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau theatres on April 9, 10, 13 and 14.

This production of Frankenstein, which features Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein, has been described by the Daily Telegraph as “the most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town” and is directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.


Becoming-Animal presents works-in-progress, performances and selected videos produced by Donna Kukama during the course of 2006-2011.

The title is borrowed from a chapter in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattarri’s A Thousand Plateaus, the second book in their philosophical series, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, which Kukama adopts, retranslates, and breaks apart in order to speak of her own modes of functioning.

The show is at the Goethe Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood until May 20.


From young director Pieter Bosch Botha comes an inspiring story about friendship, love and loss.

Hats has been performed around the country to full houses and standing ovations.

The show is currently headed for the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, and has also been invited to perform at the Out of the Box Festival in Cape Town in September.

The set-up of the show is decidedly simple: Two mates, two swings, one park. Buddy, a mime artist, hangs out with Pal, a fine artist.

Via the medium of a series of hats that have played pivotal roles in their lives, we discover the intriguing story of a friendship so powerful that it speaks without words.

Hats is at Joburg’s Promusica’s Main Auditorium on April 15 and 16 at 11am. Call 011 674 1356 or www.computicket.com to book.


Dekaf stars stand up comedian Siv Ngesi in a show about blacks who think like whites, as told by a black guy who sounds white, who doesn’t bitch about the “struggle”, can swim, isn’t hated by dogs and didn’t vote for Jacob Zuma.

The show runs one night only at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on Saturday, April 9 at 8pm. Book at Computicket.


The Kopanang Universe Canticle is at the Iziko South African Museum until May 22.

This unique body of work comprising over 32m of exquisite, painstakingly hand-embroidered panels, tells the story of evolution and creation as interpreted by the craftswomen of Kopanang.

The Canticle was originally commissioned by the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco for World Aids Day in 2002 and was created by 17 women from the Kopanang Community Trust.

Located on the East Rand, the Kopanang Community Trust unites women from two previously divided townships, the coloured community of Geluksdal and African-dominated Tsakane. They produce embroidered and beaded crafts that are original in design, vibrant in colour and African in expression.

This project provides sustainable income to those affected in various ways by HIV/Aids.


Top South African music acts such as wildly popular electronic dance duo Goldfish, “silent gig” pioneers Tonik and house music innovator Black Coffee, as well as leading Jamaican-Canadian dub poet D’Bi.

Young, have already been confirmed for this year’s line-up.

Bushfire is an explosion of entertainment that lights up the picturesque kingdom of Swaziland every year at the acclaimed House on Fire performance venue. It is the country’s biggest live music happening, attracting in the region of 20 000 visitors during the three days of the event.

The festival’s theme for 2011 is Mixing the Point, and the focus will be on artistic and cultural collaboration. Prebooking for House on Fire is essential, as only a limited number of tickets are available.

Discounted early bird tickets are available online at www.computicket.co.za Tickets are also available internationally at www.swazi.travel.

Visit www.bush-fire.com for more.


Veteran theatre producer/director Maurice Podbrey, together with Durban theatre personality Bheki Mkhwane, will launch a new KZN company – Just in Time Productions – committed to the development and presentation of indigenous theatre with three remarkable plays in repertoire at the Loft Playhouse Theatre until April 24.

The three plays chosen for the launch season for Just in Time Productions all tell distinctly South African stories – all new works with original scripts.

Two of the productions, Sitting around the Fire and A Plague of Heroes, are mainly in English, while the third, uThembalethu – Tshepang, is in isiZulu. Call 031 369 9540 or visit www.computicket.co.za to book.


The 26th Annual Diakonia Council of Churches’ early morning Easter Good Friday Service will be held on April 22 at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 5.15am.

This time the theme is The Cross of Transformation.

It was in 1985 when the first Diakonia Good Friday service proceeded from the Central Methodist Church to the walls of Durban’s Central Prison to pray for the treason trialists incarcerated there, and Diakonia Council of Churches has held annual Good Friday services and civic processions since then, each year highlighting one particular aspect of national suffering and injustice.

The sermon will be given by Rev Sue Brittion from the Anglican parish of Pinetown. Call 031 310 3500 for more information.

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