Archive for the 'theatre' Category
Report by Stephanie Shumba & Kayleigh Tuck
Jade Bowers is a director and producer from Cape Town selected as one of the five artists in 2016 to win the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Scorched is seen at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016. CueTube talks to her about her work and the award
Report by Sarah Knight & Nontobeko Gumede
Barrera is the story of two clowns in mourning. After the death of their best friend, the clowns try to carry on living, but what is the point? They still do their performance with card tricks and balloons, but all the glitter and glamour seems far gone. It’s a tough job but the best they can do is blunder on through drunken dancing and buckets full of tears, each mishap plunging the audience further into mirth, memory and pathos.
Report by Ethan Van Diemen
Denise Newman stars in an new South African production, written and directed by Bobbie Fitchen. The play is a nuanced and insightful understanding of the “demons and scars” that drove Bessie Head to write so profoundly. As ever, Bessie shows a chance encounter in an airport lounge between the famed writer and an avid reader. Through this transient encounter, Head’s fears and delights are shared with the audience.
Report by Athini Majali, Dillon Lutchman, Zondelela Njaba & Armand Mukenge
Falling of the Horn uses visual art to exhibit the experiences of xenophobia in modern day South Africa. Sam Pennington, a drama Masters student at Rhodes University worked with Grahamstown locals to bring this piece of art to life.
Report by Kellan Botha & Bracken Lee-Rudolph
Originally created for a lighting trade show, an extended version of Michael Taylor-Broderick’s ‘One Man, One Light’ inspired the CueTube team to get creative.
Performed by Mpilo Nzimande and MC’d by Liam Magner, the show is a 20-minute physical theatre piece which follows a man and his interaction and relationship with a mysterious, shape-changing light.
Report by Dillon Lutchman & Ethan Van Diemen
They dance together, they play together. She pulls away, it pulls her back. Her fear feeds it. She is both victim and aggressor, alone and encumbered. They do this together even though they are really one. Ester Natzijl puts on a fascinating and haunting performance that sees her navigate through otherness, intimacy, desire, fear, co-dependency, violence and a myriad of other themes related to the human condition. What seems to be a duo is in fact a masterful manipulation of an inanimate, human-based, puppet by Ester. This is not two.
Report by Sarah Knight & Kellan Botha
Two women, Genna and Natasha, find their lives to be without trajectory at the age of 30, with neither being where they thought they would socially, financially or romantically. After a few failed attempts at having fun, the duo decide on a fun night out at a drag show where they meet the extravagant Shenay, who teaches them “how to be fabulous”.
Funny musical numbers, jokes of all kinds, and quite a few wigs all come together to show Genna and Natasha that it doesn’t matter where you are at 30, just as long as you stay unapologetically true to yourself.No comments
Report by Tsholofelo Tselaemang, Smangaliso Ngwenya & Armand Juninho-Mukenge
Named after the part of the Constitution that deals with the freedoms of sexuality this production pays homage to lesbians in South Africa who have been killed because of their sexual orientation. It voices out the issues of human rights and sexual discrimination. It urges the audience to know their rights. The piece is a collection of real stories of lesbians who have been killed or deal with sexual discrimination.
Report by Afika Lulo Jadezweni, Athini Majali & Sebastian Burger
Sylvia Vollenhoven is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and journalist who uses her writing as a tool to unearth the injustices of the past. Her fictional and biographical adaptation of The Keeper of the Kumm explores the ancestral relationship that indigenous people of colour tend to supress because of colonial history. In this piece, Sylvia talks about the land dispute, inequality and coloured identity.
Report by Zondelela Njaba & Mihlali Ntsabo
Tease is a comedy written and produced by Tumi Morake, Vanessa Frost and Jose Domingos. It is set in a hair salon about sex, the sexual liberation of women, life and love.
Report by Zizipho Majavu, Athini Majali & Nontobeko Gumede
A young man returns to the basement of his childhood home. He whiles away the hours, drinking and waiting for someone to come looking for him. The basement is empty except for an old couch, two crates filled with bottles of alcohol, and paper airplanes strewn about the room. It is the graveyard that holds the family’s secrets in its peeling walls and grimy floor – the secrets and ghosts that have sunk into the foundations of the house. From three-time Standard Bank Ovation Award-winners, Rust Co-Operative.
Report by Tsholofelo Tselaemang & Michael Dorfling
A rapper, mothers, a clothing designer, a lawyer; these are the Muslim women whose lives are uncovered in ‘Unveiled’.
‘Unveiled’ is a solo theatre piece written by Rohina Malik and performed by South African-born actress Gulshan Mia. The play details incidents of Islamophobia faced by Muslim women from different backgrounds following 9/11.
Mia and Wayne Maugans, the play’s director, share why ‘Unveiled’ is necessary at this moment in America, South Africa and the world.
Report by Sarah Knight, Nontobeko Gumede & Kellan Botha
A CueTube crew were invited to participate in an immersive experience unlike any other. “bRENT: A Mobile Thriller” an audeince of three in a world of pain, fear and anger. On a ride through the streets of Grahamstown, the small audience becomes part of this super-scary mini-drama. Through introducing participants to the eponymous “bRent”, this production provokes dialogue about homophobia, bigotry and humanity in South African society. When Cue Media continues to report on homophobic hate-crimes occurring throughout the National Arts Festival, the piece hammers home the importance of the issue in an eye-opening and thrilling ride.
Report by Sarah Knight & Michael Dorfling
Do we need to know the same language and live through similar experiences to communicate with each other?
Dealing with communications between abled and disabled bodied people, confessions, the language of texting, and the language of expressions, No Fun Ction All Anguage takes a close look at the in-between spaces where words fail us – where we desperately search for meaning – between vowels, consonants and silences.
Jayne Batzofin, director of the play, talks us through its history, her admiration of the cast and their personal stories, and what she hopes the audience took from it.No comments
Report by Nontobeko Gumede & Tsholofelo Tselaemang
Morwa The Rising Son is solo theatre that grapples with African masculinity and the different ways in which it is defined.
It follows the experiences of a Motswana man and the different articulations of masculinity that he comes across.
Tefo Paya, the writer and actor of the piece, shares how his experiences and a desire to interrogate problematic associations with patriarchy and African masculinity inspired the play.