2018 Fresha Fest!

7th November, 2017|Theatre|

North Beach, Durban: 19 - 21 January 2018 The Fresha Festival is the free fun family al-fresco theatre festival to be staged for the second time on Durban’s North Beach at the end of the school holidays for three days on 19, 20 and 21 January. Festival Director Emma Durden considered: “What could be more [...]

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Catholics Have Talent @ Mini World Youth Day 2017

7th November, 2017|Theatre|

A Gathering in Durban of young Catholics from Southern Africa Durban Exhibition Centre: 6 – 10 Dec 2017 One of the events at Mini World Youth Day taking place in December in Durban, an event uniting youth from throughout Southern Africa, is Catholics Have Talent which is an open talent showcase to all registered conference [...]

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KickstArt 2017 – Sinbad the Sailor

7th November, 2017|Theatre|

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 1 Dec – 7 Jan Durban’s astonishing multi awarding winning production house, KickstArt, will be presenting a delicious new family show for the year-end holidays: Sinbad the Sailor. What would the festive season be without KickstArt’s annual panto? This year’s panto is a riotous romp over the Seven Seas, in the company [...]

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Review of Evita Bezuidenhout’s Kaktus of Separate Development by Chris Sutton

2nd November, 2017|Theatre|

If time or apathy has erased some of South African history from your memory, Tannie Evita does a fine job of jogging the ‘facts’ of the development of our land, from the time of Van Riebeek till the present, back into the forefront of your thoughts. Peter Dirk Uys portrays Tannie Evita as being first [...]

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Doing The Toyi-Toyi In A Minefield

31st October, 2017|Other, Theatre|

EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT’S PRESS CONFERENCE 31 OCTOBER 2017 Sayibona, dumela, molo, hello – and to any representatives of the American, European and British media: salaam. John F Kennedy said: ‘It is not what your country can do for you; it is what you can do for your country’. Martin Luther King said: ‘I had a dream’. [...]

A HANDFUL OF KEYS – 2017

26th October, 2017|Music, Theatre|

iZulu Theatre - Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World 8 – 19 November Thanks to countless requests from you, South Africa`s most successful musical revue ever returns to the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World from 8 – 19 November! Launched in 1994 as a co-creation between Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel A [...]

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Pieter-Dirk Uys’s famous alter-ego rewrites history

9th October, 2017|Theatre|

Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 31 October – 19 November 2017 Get a revised history lesson from South Africa’s most famous white woman, Evita Bezuidenhout, as she presents her side-splitting, satirical stand-up Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus for [...]

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“Naked Truth”

2nd October, 2017|Theatre|

A season of contemporary dance directed by Mdu Mtshali Courtyard Theatre: 5-7 October at 7pm Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Drama Department presents the annual Dance Production, a season of contemporary dance entitled Naked Truth, directed by Mdu Mtshali which comes to the Courtyard Theatre from 5-7 October nightly at 7pm. Naked Truth is a [...]

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That’s Sir Roel to you!!

26th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Durban theatre maker Roel Twijnstra honoured by Dutch King Durban’s Roel Twijnstra has been given the highest honour in his field, from his birth country, the Netherlands, that of Order for Artistic Excellence from the Dutch King. The recognition was based on a nomination made by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in [...]

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The Alchemy of Words

22nd September, 2017|Music, Theatre|

Seabrook's Theatre: Friday 22 Sept: 19:00 Alliance Française de Durban brings acclaimed multi-media production, The Alchemy of Words which searches to capture the enigma of French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, to the Seabrookes Thetre at DHS for one public performance only, on Friday 22 September at 7pm. In The Alchemy of Words, three artists, a puppeteer, [...]

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A Handful of Keys Auditions Notice

21st September, 2017|Music, Theatre|

Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo: Monday 30 October South Africa’s iconic piano show, A Handful of Keys, is coming to Durban and is on the lookout for a new pianist to feature in the line-up. As the show tours, the management is sourcing pianists in each region to be guests star joining Roelof Colyn and newcomer James [...]

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“Curtain Up” Celebrating the life of Themi Venturas

20th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Playhouse Opera Theatre: Tuesday 26 September at 6pm Curtain Up: There will be a gathering to celebrate the life of well-known theatre all-rounder Themi Venturas who died last week, to take place in the Playhouse Opera on Tuesday 26 September at 6pm. The celebration will be in the form of a montage of performances, memories [...]

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25 Years Of Greatness @ The Hilton Arts Festival!

18th September, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 KZN’s premier arts festival, the Hilton Arts Festival, celebrated its 25th birthday with a bumper weekend of phenomenal art, music and theatre. In true festival style, the weekend saw a full kaleidoscope of haphazard weather patterns – from baking heat, to gale force winds, to pea-soup mist, biting [...]

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Durban is doubly Footloose!!!

13th September, 2017|Theatre|

Fans of Footloose - the iconic 80’s movie with a great soundtrack, featuring a youthful Kevin Bacon as the tenacious and rebellious city teenager, Ren and John Lithgow as the conservative Rev Shaw Moore, are in for a treat this week. Footloose has two different incarnations currently on the boards in Durban: the 17th annual [...]

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A Thoughtful Pose

12th September, 2017|Art, Theatre|

One of the evocative photographs by Harry Lock from his exhibition of theatre portraits, Out of Character, which will be displayed at this weekend’s Hilton Arts Festival. The Hilton Festival has a special focus on visual arts this year with an array of art and photographic exhibitions. Lock has photographed master satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys who [...]

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Good Vibrations now playing in heaven!

12th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Obituary: Themistocles “Themi” Venturas 1958 – 2017 Last night the South African theatre community lost one of its brightest, most beloved and most versatile stars with the passing of Themistocles “Themi” Venturas who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He died at Hospice surrounded by his family: wife Trish and sons Matthew (29) and his [...]

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Review of Shall We Dance by Chris Sutton

11th September, 2017|Theatre|

This is the 25th Edition of "Shall We Dance" and it is a cracker of a show. Opening night is always exciting, especially on a Friday when the audience is getting into weekend mode. The long bar was well patronized so by the time everyone was seated, the ever wonderful Playhouse was abuzz. Hosted by [...]

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Review of Young Performers Project’s Footloose by Chris Sutton

11th September, 2017|Theatre|

Presented by the Young Performers this remake of the American musical has been adapted for Durban audiences by Director Daisy Spenser. Music Director Dawn Shelby also takes to the stage with the live band "The Reals", which includes well known Durban guitarist Barry Thompson. Other than local places and accents, the story follows the original [...]

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Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development

7th September, 2017|Theatre|

Pieter-Dirk Uys’s famous alter-ego rewrites history Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 31 October – 19 November 2017 Get a revised history lesson from South Africa’s most famous white woman, Evita Bezuidenhout, as she presents her side-splitting, satirical stand-up Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus for a three [...]

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LARA FOOT’S AWARD-WINNING THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS AND KAROO MOOSE TO HEADLINE THE HILTON ARTS FESTIVAL IN KWAZULU NATAL

5th September, 2017|Theatre|

Fresh from its success at the recent 2017 Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival in Scotland, acclaimed playwright, director and producer, Lara Foot’s The Inconvenience of Wings and Karoo Moose transfers to the Hilton Arts Festival in KwaZulu Natal from 15 to 17 September. Foot is the CEO and artistic director of the Baxter Theatre Centre and [...]

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Interview with Durban North’s Dancing Couple by Haylea Heyns

5th September, 2017|Theatre|

Durban’s Dance Power Couple shake up Shall We Dance The annual showcase, Shall We Dance, returns to The Playhouse Company’s Opera Theatre for it’s quarter-centenary year, and choreographing the Belly and Line Dancing section of the show is Durban’s dance power couple –Warren and Senta Duffield. The showcase, which was started in 1991 by the [...]

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From Evita Bezuidenhout

4th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

I am shocked to read suggestions in the media that I had an affair with Cyril Ramaphosa! I am a married Afrikaner Christian who, in spite of being a member of the ANC, still regard my marital vows as sacred. My husband Hasie is alive, and if he read these headlines of fake news, it [...]

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A ‘Springling’ Of Colour

1st September, 2017|Music, Theatre|

Actor / singer/ performer Bryan Hiles has fun in Durban’s majestic Botanic Gardens to celebrate Spring Day, by serenading “Lola” who joins Bryan as part of the cast of Tie Another Knot in It, a Las-Vegas inspired musical revue taking place at KZN’s foremost arts festival: the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival taking place in [...]

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A Spring Serenade

1st September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Comedian Neil Green and performer Bryan Hiles have fun in Durban’s majestic Botanic Gardens to celebrate Spring Day, by serenading “Lola” (who joins Bryan as part of the cast of Tie Another Knot in It, a Las-Vegas inspired musical revue). Neil and Bryan will both be performing at KZN’s foremost arts festival: the 25th annual [...]

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Hello Spring!!

1st September, 2017|Music, Other, Theatre|

Thandeka Msweli and Bella Webber mark Spring Day in Durban’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. Bella, a learner at Danville Girls High, will be appearing in Footloose: the high-energy 17th annual Young Performers Production about a kid struggling to fit in and needing to change things in a small conservative town, which will take place at the [...]

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