Arts News From Around South Africa

Jazz at the Nassau presents Shannon Mowday's ‘LILA’

Direct from Norway - only one performance with some of Scandinavia's finest creative and improvising Jazz artists in Cape Town on September 29.

A very exciting JPO Spring Season 2019

Jared Beukes: The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the Spring Season 2019 and I’m delighted to see some of the works coming up. 

Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros at Market Theatre

Rhinoceros is a play that is particularly relevant in the current moment, in terms of the global resurgence of fascism and the far-right.

Mental health centre stage at Market Theatre

Mental health is not a stigma. This is a message driven home forcefully by the Market Theatre Foundation’s season of four productions. 


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 ...