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The dark woods and earth tones in the décor, the jar-lined walls, the wooden boards heaped with fresh-baked artisan bread, and the lilting Italian music in the background all call for a slow enjoyment of these “lifestyle and leisure wines”.

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The Casa Labia’s intention is to inspire the South African public to engage with art. Many people are intimidated by the fine arts and are shy to judge an artwork for fear of their reaction being perceived as ‘wrong’. By showing so many different forms of art, Cate’s aim is to bridge that gap.

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Here is a show that blends the carefree spirit of the 1920s with the contemporary demand for constant action. Faithfully based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, The Great Gatsby is a tale of a golden age long gone; its complex characters, however, grim forbearers of dark times to come.

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The 12 track album is made up of Chameleon’s favourite Psalms and Gesange. He likened his process of creating the album to a restaurant using a “Kook en Geniet” recipe book: taking something already familiar to the consumers and adding a little personal twist.

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Haskell’s leading lady Rianie Strydom ­ one of the country’s leading female cellarmasters ­ was charmingly down to earth, and described her participation with UnWined as a chance “to utilize the business input of my experience as sommelier”.

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This production is large scale on every level – more meaning in its context, more symbolism in its stage action, bigger communication through visuals, numerous new layers in its orchestral timbre, and more textures in its vocal pairings. This production will engross you and engage you, horrify you, tease you, pull at your heart, and ultimately leave you spent. It demands attention.

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“… A thronging mass of amazing artists, legends from all corners of the music industry, and all of them potential collaborators”

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When I first heard of Conrad Koch I feared he may be an imperfect rip off of the internationally-known Jeff Dunham. I was pleasantly surprised at how wrong I was.

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Bursting with energy, Bobbert and McIlroy never lose their vigour as they perform upbeat physical comedy and continually surprise with off-the-wall characters and costumes as well as synchronised choreography rich in 90s clichés.

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Youngleson’s script is poetry in motion. Smooth and staccato words pour out of Makin-Taylor like a meth-addict’s disconnected ramblings as she recites names and dates and gives a whirlwind tour of South African colonial history.

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No one does farce like the French… except perhaps the South Africans. From the grating Jo’burg accents to the faux fur lamps and over-sized wildlife portraits, these details are just one of the many comedic devices set to make you laugh in this entertaining romp.

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Fascinating’ is one of those words that has become a favourite with the sarcastic. Maybe FEAT will be the event to reclaim the word to its former glory. Listening to ordinary people pushing their bodies to the extremes, overcoming physical and mental obstacles was truly, thrillingly, properly fascinating.

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What are the secret ingredients for a show that sells out every single night? What magic must you weave to have audiences begging for an extended run? Well, best you walk over to Bon Soir at Kalk Bay Theatre and ask the crew there – if you can still find a ticket to enter the red tent of mystical enchantment.

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I almost answer Father Farthing when he asks the congregation if women should be allowed to become priests. Then I remember that I never answer questions in church and, of course, that I am in fact not in church.

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“Sensational dancing and exquisitely designed costumes come together beautifully to evoke the trademark youthful exuberance of J. M. Barrie, keeping the unforgettable tale and the colourful world of Neverland alive.”

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“His delivery was full of colours, dynamic contrasts and nuances, not to mention ear-shattering vocal outbursts. He had to hang onto the banister behind the conductor’s podium for support, but he made it look as natural as placing a hand on a piano.”

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