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Mies Julie – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

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Writer: Yael Farber (after August Strindberg) Director: Yael Farber Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A smash hit in 2012, Mies Julie returns to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Baxter Theatre Season. Based on August Strindberg’s classic play with its strong themes of gender and class, this version is transported to post-Apartheid South Africa; superbly adapted, modernised and staged ...

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ladysmith Black Mambazo seems to have solved the problem all successful groups have of renewing themselves over a period of time. The 2017 version manages to be full of youthful energy while remaining true to the dream Joseph Shabalala had well over 50 years ago when founding the group. Now Joseph no longer tours, but the tradition ...

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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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