Angela Kilian as Norma Desmond is phenomenal, with a brittle sensuality that oozes pain, desperation and madness. Her powerful voice is beautiful yet razor sharp, and her every gesture commands the stage in a way that makes it poignantly clear why Norma Desmond was such a great star of the silent moviesMore
Her eyes glistened with passion and the purity of her voice, spoken and sung, sent an awed hush across the audience, adding even more to the sacred scenes in the Abbey. In closing Act One with ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, the crucifix around her neck caught the light in the most unintentional of ways, and danced about reflecting the spellbound expressions of the entire Opera House audience.More
Glasshouse has created a grooming emporium with overtones of a gentlemen’s club. Hot cappuccinos, cold beers and refined whisky can be enjoyed whilst watching the rugby – as a therapist skillfully attends to your toes.
The décor successfully reflects the ethos behind Glasshouse: masculine, comfortable, contemporary and suitably slick, yet not intimidating.
And this is exactly why Tuning the Vine is the perfect kind of wine festival for philistines. A new festival on the annual Cape Town calendar, it has a distinct agenda: to remove the perceived snobbery and make wine tasting, wine drinking, and wine making fun and accessible. It does it well.More
Award-winning playwright, Louis Viljoen, has constructed a high-brow psycho drama with harrowing insights that will make you despise the human condition. The sophistication continues throughout the play in the opposition between the idea of something and the reality of it, between what something is on the surface and what it is beneath, between the past and the present. The play is a brilliant confrontation with the darkness of our psych.More
There’s a good Friday evening buzz as Robertson stands on stage and welcomes the band – Frank Cuddumbey’s Faze4, accompanied by the glamorous Abigail Bagley. They’re everything one expects from a jazz band – professional, vibey, oh-so-cool, and between Abigail’s sultry tones and the various band members’ turns at vocals, it’s the perfect mix of voices.
And it’s not just jazz. Abigail’s rendition of ‘Girl On Fire’ brought tears to my eyes
In the darkness of load-shedding, the third edition of Artmode once again proved a unique group exhibition which allows the visitor to explore various modes of art while meeting its creators, and watch as they bring their work into being. It’s an art-lover’s dream: a chance to share in the creative process which sharpens the appreciation even for those who might not call themselves art-lovers beforehand.More
But the scene stealer of the production, without a doubt, is Alan Committie as the (non-singing) First Secretary Njegus. The self-proclaimed “thinking man’s Eminem”, Committie is not just the star of the show, he is the supernova. Explosively funny, Committie owns the stage, his character taking potshots at South African politics and current affairs, cracking witty lines and snapping with exasperation should the audience not get the jokes quick enough. Surely there has never been so much audience participation in an opera, yet I for one couldn’t get enough.More
American playwright George Brant’s Grounded is a compelling one-woman play that achieves many things, both artistically and politically. It asks imperative questions, thrills with a finely crafted narrative, and provides refreshing insights. For 80 minutes we are utterly captivated by the unnamed but passionate female US military pilot who is grounded, first by a pregnancy, and then by her participation in drone warfare. Returning to work, she finds that she has been assigned to “chairforce”, waging war from the relative comfort of a trailer in the Las Vegas desert. A woman thriving on such a fiercely male platform is already a fascinating premise, but the story delivers on Brant’s promise to pack way more into this intense monologue.More
The show is divided into four parts, namely Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Frozen. Storylines are excerpted and condensed versions of their film counterparts, with introductions by the hosts in between each tale. The exceptional detail and evident effort that went into creating each costume, prop and set design is staggering. This meticulous attention to detail and the inclusion of voiceovers from the original cast, made one feel as though they are experiencing magnified versions of their fictional heroes. Judging by the booming cheers, Cars’ Lightning McQueen and Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman were clear crowd favourites.More
Surprisingly, the numerous rainshowers on the day contributed to the fun of the event. Colour powder was blotched into paint stains, leaving most faces unrecognisable and gritty – I, for one, turned out to be more of a homeless rainbow than a magical one.More
The Endler Hall has arguably the best acoustical features of all concert halls in the Western Cape. It has even been acclaimed as one of the finest concert halls in the world. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Endler Prestige Concert Series has always attracted world-renowned artists.More
I’d imagined there would be more focus on healthy foods and ways to prepare invigorating and healthy meals. And I was disappointed not to see at least one miniature organic market, but maybe that’s because there’s already quite a few organic food markets at the weekends.More
A Snoop Dogg concert is not about the party. It’s about an indulgence in hip hop old and new, smoothly blended with Snoop’s distinctly velvet delivery of rap. The concert at Grand West’s Grand Arena last night was a concert about absorbing the rhythms and taking everything in.More