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“Once the plot starts rolling along and the crazy cast starts the ludicrous reveal, the sheer brilliance of Irma Vep becomes evident, and the rollercoaster of action and laughter is fully engaged.”

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Striking in her features as well as her intensity, Henri Landon takes the solo role as the sickly wife Jane who has been confined to the fresh air of the countryside by her husband, John, in hopes of a speedy recovery. Jane’s story is told as a series of journal entries, observing her peculiar state as if she doesn’t quite understand it herself. Landon owns her character superbly, with a lurking insanity vivid beneath the surface poise as she reflects poetically on her life.

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With all the wines coming from the Western Cape region, festivals like these bring good wine from the estate cellar to the city, reaching new and emerging markets that all too clearly are ready to embrace the wine-drinking culture.

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Cape Town City Ballet’s staging was elegant, and the dancers wore beautiful traditional ballet costumes with a flavour of folk: over the knee skirts for the girls and hats and boots for the men. It was a delightful mix of ballet and drama, all well executed by the company.

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The comedic appeal and brilliance of the artists is apparent from the moment they set foot on stage, but it is their imagination that particularly shines in this production. The cast merges vivid miming and idiosyncratic sound effects to create a theatrical tale for the hunt of “Kraken”.

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Situated on the grounds of Constantia Nek Restaurant, it comprises a series of ropes, ladders, swings and nets that offer an aerial obstacle course in a small glade of tall bluegum trees, with platforms up to eight metres above the ground, and zipwires up to 60m long.

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It is very easy to separate the man from the dummy: Dunham’s body language and “genuine” shock at everything that pours out of the dummies’ mouths makes it surprisingly easy to forget that he is the one who literally put those words in their mouths.

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The way in which we listen to classical music has certainly changed. A lot. Today, there is absolutely no reason not to ‘attend’ a performance by world-class musicians, in the most prestigious of concert halls, the world over. And no, you need not be an international jetsetter or a world-class performer yourself in order to achieve this.

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Before Justin Bieber… before Justin Bieber had even been born for that matter… the bedroom walls of many young girls were adorned with the posters of a fresh-faced teenage singer/songwriter by the name of Tevin Campbell.

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Everything was on par, in tip-top shape, and as if no effort was spared, from the carefully selected programme for the evening and the engaged and committed playing of the orchestra, to conductor Arjan Tien’s perfect déshabille and shiny black shoes, the latter only visible as he enthusiastically swayed back and forth on the podium in feverish reverie.

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The dancers were evocative and percussive; shaking their hips, jumping, lifting and reaching in synchronized movement, holding arms open in a crucifixion pose and spinning around like whirling dervishes with their skirts flaring.

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Evans’ comedy is light hearted and drifts from the hypocrisies of the local scooter industry, through the joyful discovery of Afrikaans reality TV, to his time spent in a wheelchair as a ‘lonely bearded hipster’ listening to folk music and making cupcakes flavoured with the salt of his own tears.

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With a houseful of dusty bits of junk and mismatched furniture and a wardrobe that includes my old school skirt (yup – still going strong after nearly two decades) I am not necessarily the best person to judge what is groovy and cool and This Season’s Must-Buy. But believe me – if you weren’t at the Design Indaba last week, you should have been.

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With each work the audience’s clapping and bravi grew louder and by the end of the first half of the programme the cheering reflected the boisterous Italian spirit of the evening; it sounded more like the excited cheers of a stadium at an AC Milan game than the acclamation usually heard at an opera house.

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Kalk Bay Theatre’s latest production, To Kill a Koeksister, is an interactive murder mystery which, in the hands of comedian Andrew Simpson, satisfies any murder-mystery lover’s craving. This hands-on experience is a far cry from playing guessing games in front of the TV.

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It should come as no surprise then, as we sat under the cake-server-laden chandelier inside the Cape Grace’s award-winning restaurant Signal, that our meal was in keeping with our overall impression of Cape Grace. From starter to dessert, our dinner was packed with details made to look effortless by the meticulous presentation and smooth-running service.

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Call Me Lee brings this extraordinary character to life for everyone in the audience, though it focuses squarely on Liberace’s music rather than on his personal life.

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Known for his stints at La Colombe, Five Flies, and Pure at Hout Bay Manor, Chef Ian Bergh brings to De Grendel a food profile that is sophisticated, not complicated, full of flavour but not overdone. The Salmon starter, for example, (R 120) is gloriously juicy and soft with a pungent miso savour, the salmon having been marinated for two days in a miso/mirin/sake mixture. No hint of fishiness, just tender bites refreshed by lightly dressed baby leaves on the side. A dish like this has every right to be ostentatious, but here it is entirely unfussy and easy on the taste buds.

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The path leading to Angsana Spa – winner of the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards for the Best Luxury Spa in Africa – winds through the lush landscaped gardens of the Vineyard Hotel in leafy Newlands. Glass doors open to reveal an airy contemporary interior, with tropical fruit colours of tangerine and lime accented with Asian touches. Upon arrival, one is greeted with the warm smiles synonymous with Thailand, in keeping with this award-winning Asian brand, which trains its therapists from the acclaimed Banyan Tree Spa academy in Phuket.

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In a series of elegant evenings with exquisite food, Reuben Riffel ­ head chef of the eponymous restaurant at the One & Only Hotel and one of South Africa’s top celebrity chefs – is inviting top chefs from around Cape Town to collaborate in making a memorable meal. A simple plan that is guaranteed to produce delectable results.

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This is a wonderful platform for the wild at heart to share some of their experiences with the public, and it’s a good thing too, because the moments captured in these films are too precious to let slip away. As a spectator, one cannot help but walk away nursing a certain seed of recklessness, and the feeling of a growing space between the borders of limitation around what is deemed personally achievable.

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