Author: Kristan Wood

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“Ismaël Lô is brilliant, with a voice that could change your blood group. He and his band – his wife and daughter are his back-up singers – kept the audience enthralled, and baying for more when they left the stage.”

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“A short series of talks by clued-up industry people are each followed by a brief Q&A and a two-song set by a hand-picked original act.”

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“Few musicals are as thought-provoking and informative as Rice and Lloyd Weber’s Evita, and Toerien strikes just the right balance in his production.”

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“For those of you with rusty Spanish, the latest installment of pure entertainment at Kalk Bay Theatre is called Caliente – aptly translating as “hot”. And yes, the show is sizzling.”

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“With enigmatic performances from some of South Africa’s top actors, it’s a taut and sophisticated production which complements Lee Hall’s well-written script.”

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“After a seven year hiatus, international rock band Live treated a packed Grand West Arena to a wall of nostalgic, 90s post-grunge that had audience members screaming and spilling beer all over their 40-something spouses and friends.”

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“Sauvignon Blanc is the bottled spirit of the Cape and nothing says “summer” in Cape Town more clearly than the Durbanville wine valley’s Season of Sauvignon festival.”

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“Together with the prologue’s introduction to the quirky Don Quixote, played by Johnny Bovang, the brilliant Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra create an atmosphere of expectation that bursts into the energetic opening act.”

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“Amid walls adorned in artefacts from the pre-eviction era and a room full of vibrant faces, Jitsvinger exercised his command of the Afrikaans language and Kaaps vernacular in an impressive, rhythmic fashion.”

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“Alongside the company’s new works are two of Christopher L Huggin’s popular pieces. The first, When Dawn Comes, is a lighthearted depiction of the joyful possibilities that a new day brings.”

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“Another striking element is the piece’s attention to visual detail with a plethora of excellently crafted installation art by Nicola Mayer – work that, in its own right, could be viewed as a standalone exhibition.”

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We know that, as South Africans, humour is the thing that keeps us sane in the midst of madness.

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“Sandra Prinsloo plays Martins, bringing to her character a naiveté of life with a passion for the one thing that filled her with joy: her art.”

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“But, let’s be honest – we’re not here for the story. No, we’re here for the flipping amazing choreography, executed to the perfectly placed songs with military precision.”

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“For the last few months, Capetonians have been talking about Day Zero, the day when the city’s taps are expected to run dry but what does this really mean?”

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“This year, with Fokofpolisiekar and Mango Groove as headliners, the line-up selection seemed like a soft attempt to appeal to a broader crowd.”

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