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David Fick

David Fick Born and bred in South Africa, David has loved theatre since the day he set foot on stage in his preschool nativity play. He graduated with a Master of Arts (Theatre and Performance) degree from the University of Cape Town in 2005, having previously graduated from the same university with a First Class Honours in Drama in 2002. An ardent essayist, David won the Keswick Prize for Lucidity for his paper "Homosexual Representation in the Broadway Musical: the development of homosexual identities and relationships from PATIENCE to RENT". Currently, he teaches Dramatic Arts at a high school in Cape Town and also freelances as a theatremaker and performer.
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BWW Reviews: Lucy is Tops in STEALING THE SHOW: BETTE MIDLER – but the Show Views Bette 'From a Distance'BWW Reviews: Lucy is Tops in STEALING THE SHOW – but the Show Views Bette Midler 'From a Distance'
Posted: Nov. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews: Pop Culture Classic CURL UP AND DYE Still a Relevant Discourse on Race and GenderBWW Reviews: Pop Culture Classic CURL UP AND DYE Still a Relevant Discourse on Race and Gender
Posted: Nov. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews: Plewman is Great, but Pencil-Thin THE LAST MOUSTACHE Needs More BristleBWW Reviews: Plewman is Great, but Pencil-Thin THE LAST MOUSTACHE Needs More Bristle
Posted: Nov. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews: Revised and Improved RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS at the Artscape Still Not a Game ChangerBWW Reviews: Revised and Improved RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS at the Artscape Still Not a Game Changer
Posted: Nov. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: ASHES Offers a Glimpse of the Kindling and a Glance at the Flames of Systemic Homophobia in South AfricaBWW Reviews: ASHES a Glimpse of the Kindling and a Glance at the Flames of Systemic Homophobia
Posted: Nov. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: SMAARTIES a Committed Look at Schizophrenia as PerformanceBWW Reviews: SMAARTIES a Committed Look at Schizophrenia as Performance
Posted: Nov. 21, 2014


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2013 South African Theatre Retrospectives: New South African Plays2013 South African Theatre Retrospectives: New South African Plays
Posted: Dec. 27, 2013


BWW Reviews: Provocative A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT a Rare, Perfect Theatrical ExperienceBWW Reviews: Provocative A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT a Rare, Perfect Theatrical Experience
Posted: Feb. 28, 2014


BWW Blog: Reactions to the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards NominationsBWW Blog: Reactions to the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Nominations
Posted: Mar. 1, 2014


BWW Reviews: One Small Step for MACBETH, One Huge Leap for Opera in AfricaBWW Reviews: One Small Step for MACBETH, One Huge Leap for Opera in Africa
Posted: Apr. 28, 2014


2013 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre, Opera and Cabaret2013 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre, Opera and Cabaret
Posted: Dec. 31, 2013


BWW Reviews: SMAARTIES a Committed Look at Schizophrenia as PerformanceBWW Reviews: SMAARTIES a Committed Look at Schizophrenia as Performance
November 21, 2014

In SMAARTIES, performance becomes a metaphor for schizophrenia, with everything in Jannes Erasmus's script to in Quintin Wils's design and direction and Jaco Jansen van Rensburg's videography calculated to a embody a single character's psychosis.
BWW Reviews: Revised and Improved RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS at the Artscape Still Not a Game ChangerBWW Reviews: Revised and Improved RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS at the Artscape Still Not a Game Changer
November 16, 2014

Although the basic outline of the play remains the same, RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS has been revised in the four months that have passed since its premiere. The new script and its associated theatrical production improve on the earlier version of the play.
BWW Reviews: Lucy is Tops in STEALING THE SHOW: BETTE MIDLER  but the Show Views Bette 'From a Distance'BWW Reviews: Lucy is Tops in STEALING THE SHOW: BETTE MIDLER but the Show Views Bette 'From a Distance'
November 14, 2014

There is a sense of complacency that infiltrates almost every aspect of STEALING THE SHOW: BETTE MIDLER. Is there any point in paying tribute to a performer like Bette Midler and ignoring almost everything that makes her distinctive in the first place?
BWW Reviews: Pop Culture Classic CURL UP AND DYE Still a Relevant Discourse on Race and GenderBWW Reviews: Pop Culture Classic CURL UP AND DYE Still a Relevant Discourse on Race and Gender
November 14, 2014

CURL UP AND DYE emerges as a still relevant piece of theatre some 25 years after its original premiere. Every issue that the play serves up - from racism and the systematic abuse of women to prostitution and the scourge of drugs and alcohol - still haunts this country. It may not be one of the classic greats, but it certainly is a pop culture staple of the South African theatre landscape.
BWW Reviews: Plewman is Great, but Pencil-Thin THE LAST MOUSTACHE Needs More BristleBWW Reviews: Plewman is Great, but Pencil-Thin THE LAST MOUSTACHE Needs More Bristle
November 11, 2014

THE LAST MOUSTACHE certainly has an intriguing premise and indulges in some fun meta-theatricality as Tim Plewman does his best to sell the audience on the material.
BWW Reviews: ASHES Offers a Glimpse of the Kindling and a Glance at the Flames of Systemic Homophobia in South AfricaBWW Reviews: ASHES Offers a Glimpse of the Kindling and a Glance at the Flames of Systemic Homophobia in South Africa
November 10, 2014

Watching a new production by the Rust Co-operative, the two-year old theatre company co-founded by Philip Rademeyer and Penny Youngleson, comes with the knowledge that the audience will be presented with a piece of theatre that, one the one hand, aims to offer a powerful emotional experience and, on the other, grapples with the socio-political milieu of contemporary life in the South African and global communities
BWW Reviews: Sekhabi's SILENT VOICE is Gripping, Immersive and ShockingBWW Reviews: Sekhabi's SILENT VOICE is Gripping, Immersive and Shocking
October 19, 2014

SILENT VOICE is something else. An audacious play written and directed by Aubrey Sekhabi, it shatters conservative middle class perceptions of that which represents a compelling theatre experience and is the kind of confrontational and provocative theatre that we do not see often enough on main stem stages in this country.
BWW Reviews: TREE / BOOM / UMTHI an Enchanting Experience for the LittliesBWW Reviews: TREE / BOOM / UMTHI an Enchanting Experience for the Littlies
October 19, 2014

It is rare to find a piece as beautifully shaped for a specific age group as Magnet Theatre's enchanting TREE / BOOM / UMTHI. Created for 3 - 7 year olds, it engages its audiences with stories and images plucked from the world that surrounds them.
BWW Reviews: BAXTER DANCE FESTIVAL an Ideal Point of Convergence for Society and the ArtsBWW Reviews: BAXTER DANCE FESTIVAL an Ideal Point of Convergence for Society and the Arts
October 13, 2014

The Baxter Dance Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The festival should be a cultural institution on Cape Town's annual calendar, an ideal point of convergence for links between the dance community and the community at large.
BWW Reviews: DIRTY WORDS Goes (Down) Like Gangbusters at the Kalk Bay TheatreBWW Reviews: DIRTY WORDS Goes (Down) Like Gangbusters at the Kalk Bay Theatre
October 10, 2014

Every now and then, a piece of theatre comes along that could be described as a kind of 'gateway drug': a show that people will remember being incredibly entertaining and that might make them think that this business of going to the theatre is worth all the fuss. DIRTY WORDS is that kind of show.
BWW Reviews: Detailed Direction and Performances Buoy Unfocused Writing in THE GARAGE SALEBWW Reviews: Detailed Direction and Performances Buoy Unfocused Writing in THE GARAGE SALE
October 8, 2014

The premiere of Rafiek Mammon's new play, THE GARAGE SALE is marketed as a sardonic exploration of the darker, yet funnier, side of Cape Town suburbia, an explicitly edgy play dealing with the effects of rape.
BWW Reviews: Hyland's Evocative Staging of WOUNDS TO THE FACE a Perfect Choice for Student TheatreBWW Reviews: Hyland's Evocative Staging of WOUNDS TO THE FACE a Perfect Choice for Student Theatre
October 6, 2014

As a play text, WOUNDS TO THE FACE is perhaps not as brutal an onslaught on audience reception as some of Howard Barker's other plays, but this production by the University of Cape Town's Drama Department certainly does reveal how challenging the piece is to realise as theatre, especially for young actors who can take away a great deal from engaging with a piece like this.
Special Report: Grammy Winner Miri Ben-Ari Responds to Cancellation of Noble Peace Laureates' World SummitSpecial Report: Grammy Winner Miri Ben-Ari Responds to Cancellation of Noble Peace Laureates' World Summit
October 3, 2014

Grammy award-winning violinist, producer and humanitarian Miri Ben-Ari has released a statement in response to the announcement that the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in South Africa has been cancelled.
BWW Reviews: Visually Arresting PIET SE OPTELGOED a Mesmerising and Perplexing ExperienceBWW Reviews: Visually Arresting PIET SE OPTELGOED a Mesmerising and Perplexing Experience
September 29, 2014

There is a great deal going on in the mind-scape that is PIET SE OPTELGOED. A piece of theatre that defies labels, it could be described as post-modern feminist visual theatre of the absurd.
BWW Reviews: ...MISKIEN a Courageous, Meaningful and Transcendent Work of ArtBWW Reviews: ...MISKIEN a Courageous, Meaningful and Transcendent Work of Art
September 23, 2014

MISKIEN was the debut production of The Pink Couch, the company founded by Tara Notcutt, Albert Pretorius, Gideon Lombard and Mat Lewis. Written by Notcutt, Pretorius and Lombard, it was a landmark production for the fledgling theatre-makers and toured the festival circuit, locally and internationally, drawing audiences into the world of Cormac and Layton, two characters that feel like they have stepped out of your life and onto the stage.
BWW Reviews: OLD KIT BAG a Good Old-Fashioned Great Night OutBWW Reviews: OLD KIT BAG a Good Old-Fashioned Great Night Out
September 22, 2014

OLD KIT BAG is a small show with a big heart, paying tribute to the power that music has to bring people together in times of trouble. It is a good old-fashioned great night out.
BWW Reviews: Engaging and Challenging THE VERTICAL HOUR a Meaty Theatrical DishBWW Reviews: Engaging and Challenging THE VERTICAL HOUR a Meaty Theatrical Dish
September 21, 2014

Whichever way you look at it, THE VERTICAL HOUR is an engaging and challenging play. Hare has given directors and actors the ingredients of a meaty theatrical dish, and audiences a great deal to digest.
BWW Reviews: Meditative STRUCK SILENT Captures the Sense of Aging, But Not Its EconomicsBWW Reviews: Meditative STRUCK SILENT Captures the Sense of Aging, But Not Its Economics
September 13, 2014

With its alternative creative springboard, STRUCK SILENT captures a sense of what it means to be an aging person in a modern society, but the piece never fully distils its inspirations into a thesis that confronts, challenges or moves the audience in the moment of performance.
BWW Reviews: Abrahamse & Meyer's ONE ARM a Winning Adaptation of Tennessee Williams Short StoryBWW Reviews: Abrahamse & Meyer's ONE ARM a Winning Adaptation of Tennessee Williams Short Story
September 6, 2014

Abrahamse & Meyer Productions are back at the Artscape Arena with ONE ARM, the company's latest exploration of the work of Tennessee Williams and the first of which is a new adaptation of a non-theatrical work by the iconic playwright and author.
BWW Reviews: Deep Fried Man Lifts Mediocre FUNNIER THAN THEM at the FugardBWW Reviews: Deep Fried Man Lifts Mediocre FUNNIER THAN THEM at the Fugard
September 5, 2014

A good friend of mine often says that stand-up comedy is one of those things that cannot be mediocre. Due to the technicality that the show consists of a line-up of three comics, FUNNIER THAN THEM bucks the trend and manages to be a thoroughly mediocre affair.


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