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INTERVIEW: Rob Van Vuuren – South Africa to Brighton

Rob Van Vuuren

Rob Van Vuuren’s name may not be instantly recognisable in the UK but, in his native South Africa, Van Vuuren is a household name. As well as an acclaimed stage and film actor, an accomplished writer and director, Van Vuuren has hosted South Africa’s Got Talent and won the fifth series of the country’s version of Strictly Come Dancing with a ...

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My Children! My Africa! – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Roger Mortimer &Deborah Edgington Reviewer: Edie Ranvier   My Children! My Africa!, Athol Fugard’s impassioned exploration of the struggle against apartheid, hasn’t been seen on the professional London stage since its first production in the National Theatre in 1990, with the playwright’s daughter Lisa Fugard in the rôle of Isabel. Back then, a quarter of a ...

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I Stand Corrected – Ovalhouse, London

Creators: Mojisola Adebayo and Mamela Nyamza Script: Mojisola Adebayo Choreography: Mamela Nyamza Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Exquisite, emotive and energetic in all the right places, I Stand Corrected is a sometimes stark look at the challenges facing lesbian couples in both South Africa and the UK. Most will be familiar with the concept of hate crime, but what is less ...

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And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Zakes Mda Director: Princess Mhlongo Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4] Set in South Africa, two women from different ends of the social spectrum queue for days in the hope of purchasing some rice. The Lady, a former prostitute, insists on taking a chair with her wherever she goes, as she expects to be kept waiting. The Woman, dishevelled and downtrodden, ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses – Assembly Hall

Writer: Zakes Mda Director: Princess Mhlongo Reviewer: Stephanie Walls [Rating:4] In And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses, two women, (Hlengiwe Lushabaand Lesego Motsepe) find themselves waiting together in a queue. They’re not sure how long they are going to be waiting for and indeed, it no longer seems clear just how long they have already been waiting. But they ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Woza Albert! – Assembly Hall

Writers: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon Director: Prince Lamla Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] More than 30 years after it was written and 18 years after the policy of Apartheid officially ended in South Africa, the well-known political satire Woza Albert! somehow remains as funny and as relevant as ever. Addressing social inequality and the subjugation of one race ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Mother to Mother – Assembly George Square

Writer: Dr Sindiwe Magona Director: Janice Honeyman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4.5] On 25th August 1993, just months before South Africa celebrated democratic elections, American student Amy Biehl was murdered by youths from the Guguletu township. Based on a true story,Mother to Mother- a one woman play adapted from Dr Sindiwe Magona’s book of the same name - shows this ...

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The Mandela Trilogy – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Williams Music: Alan Stephenson, Mike Campbell &Peter Louis van Dijk Book &Lyrics: Michael Williams Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4] The Mandela Trilogy is a three act new opera, written specifically for the South African company Cape Town Opera, with each part highlighting specific moments in Nelson Mandela’s life and interspersed with almost-narration from Mandela reflecting on his imprisonment. Each ...

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