Racial edicts in the form of the current empowerment regime have been presented as a non-negotiable by President Ramaphosa, writes Terence Corrigan.
The Commemoration Church Hall, a dark and musky room and perhaps one of the worst venues at the 2015 National Arts Festival, hides what I would consider one of its strongest works.
There is reference to Nkandla and Jacob Zuma, except number one is a white, AfriForum type farmer, and Nkandla is just a farm.
It’s not every day that you get to spend an afternoon listening to the sounds of South Africa’s best musicians.
How does a play depict rape, especially when it is accompanied by such savage violence? Vanrenen chose to go abstract with it, and though the audience is very aware of what is happening, there is respect for Botha and her story is managed with integrity.
From the amazing pool of water surrounding the “ship” to a very real, looming spectre, the company created a multi-sensory experience that took an already very visceral and important classical play and imbued it with wonder and awe enough for a contemporary audience.
It's four days into the National Arts Festival and the programme is awash with things to see and do. If you're flummoxed at the incredible line-up on offer fear not. Here's what's not to be missed and a few people and places you can give a skip.
There’s a lot going on in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival, and in addition to seeing shows, stopping for a coffee or visiting museums, there is much on offer in the way of retail therapy. It can be a little hard to navigate, so we’ve sampled some of the best spots to do some festival shopping.
To revive a 20-year-old show is no easy feat. And it’s even more difficult when you’re presenting one of the most well-known South African pieces by one of South Africa’s most iconic theatre makers.
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