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 Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for SA Musicals
Posted: Jul. 2, 2016


BWW Review: Magnificent THE GRAVEYARD Confirms Philip Rademeyer as One South Africa's Greatest Contemporary Playwrights
at NAF16BWW Review: Magnificent THE GRAVEYARD at #NAF16
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016


Startling and Intimate THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS a Triumph for Lara Foot at the Baxter Theatre CentreStartling and Intimate THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS a Triumph for Lara Foot at the Baxter Theatre
Posted: Jul. 18, 2016


BWW Review: Top Notch Cabaret DANI & THE LION Reinvigorates the Genre at #NAF16's Albany Cabaret ClubBWW Review: Top Notch Cabaret DANI & THE LION Reinvigorates the Genre at #NAF16's Albany Cabaret
Posted: Jul. 9, 2016


BWW Review: Witty and Goofy, WHISTLE STOP a Playful Riff on the Meet-CuteBWW Review: Witty and Goofy, WHISTLE STOP a Playful Riff on the Meet-Cute
Posted: Jul. 2, 2016


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BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for SA Musicals
Posted: Jul. 2, 2016


BWW Review: Magnificent THE GRAVEYARD Confirms Philip Rademeyer as One South Africa's Greatest Contemporary Playwrights
at NAF16BWW Review: Magnificent THE GRAVEYARD at #NAF16
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016


Startling and Intimate THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS a Triumph for Lara Foot at the Baxter Theatre CentreStartling and Intimate THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS a Triumph for Lara Foot at the Baxter Theatre
Posted: Jul. 18, 2016


BWW Review: Top Notch Cabaret DANI & THE LION Reinvigorates the Genre at #NAF16's Albany Cabaret ClubBWW Review: Top Notch Cabaret DANI & THE LION Reinvigorates the Genre at #NAF16's Albany Cabaret
Posted: Jul. 9, 2016


BWW Tonys Special: South African Theatre Pros on the 2016 Tony AwardsSouth African Theatre Pros on the 2016 Tony Awards
Posted: Jun. 12, 2016


BWW Review: NIQABI NINJA an Essential Commentary on Sexual Harassment at Alexander Bar's Upstairs TheatreBWW Review: NIQABI NINJA an Essential Commentary on Sexual Harassment at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
July 22, 2016

Theatre can bring people to the threshold of revelation; theatre can also engender revolution. NIQABI NINJA achieves the former, but its limited theatricality presents it from going further. Its essential commentary outlined, NIQABI NINJA needs now to amplify, unapologetically, what it has to say.
Startling and Intimate THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS a Triumph for Lara Foot at the Baxter Theatre CentreStartling and Intimate THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS a Triumph for Lara Foot at the Baxter Theatre Centre
July 18, 2016

Lara Foot's latest play, THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS, has been seven years in the making. Since Foot started dreaming up this startling, intimate tale about the challenges of living with a mental disorder, both as a patient and a caregiver, this play achieving the same rich fulfilment of promise that Foot's first original play, TSHEPANG, embodied in 2003.
BWW Blog: 11 Ways to Make More Amazing! National Arts Festival DaysBWW Blog: 11 Ways to Make More Amazing! National Arts Festival Days
July 14, 2016

With the National Arts Festival having come to a close, many people are reflecting on what they took away from their experiences in Grahamstown over the past two weeks. I have based my observations on conversations I had with artists, festival-goers, technicians and my own experience of this year's edition of '11 days of amazing'.
BWW Review: Top Notch Cabaret DANI & THE LION Reinvigorates the Genre at #NAF16's Albany Cabaret ClubBWW Review: Top Notch Cabaret DANI & THE LION Reinvigorates the Genre at #NAF16's Albany Cabaret Club
July 9, 2016

DANI & THE LION is cabaret as it was meant to be. Created by Daneel van der Walt, who performs her own songs and stories with a cameo appearance by a few unexpected classic tunes, this show sets the gold standard for this trickiest of theatre genres.
BWW Review: Gender and Performance Under the Spotlight in ACTRESSES: AN ADAPTATION OF CHEKHOV'S 'THE SEAGULL' at #NAF2016BWW Review: Gender and Performance Under the Spotlight in ACTRESSES: AN ADAPTATION OF CHEKHOV'S 'THE SEAGULL' at #NAF2016
July 9, 2016

ACTRESSES: AN ADAPTATION OF CHEKHOV'S 'THE SEAGULL' is the kind of production that captures one's attention. The poster is excellent, with an image that is as provocative as production company Black Hole Collective's description of their work. Anon Chekhov's 1895 drama was first produced the following year and became a landmark play in Konstantin Stanislavsky's 1898 staging for the Moscow Art Theatre.
BWW Review: Devilishly Wicked Satire on the Drill Hall Stage in FATHER, FATHER, FATHER at #NAF16BWW Review: Devilishly Wicked Satire on the Drill Hall Stage in FATHER, FATHER, FATHER at #NAF16
July 8, 2016

The winner of a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award last year, Robaby's FATHER, FATHER, FATHER is back on the National Lottery Fringe at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. A devilishly wicked satire, this physical theatre piece was created by cast members Roberto Pombo, Joni Barnard and Rachel Neary under the direction of Toni Morkel.
BWW Review: PEOPLE BENEATH OUR FEET at #NAF2016 Represents Significant Development for Hungry Minds ProductionsBWW Review: PEOPLE BENEATH OUR FEET at #NAF2016 Represents Significant Development for Hungry Minds Productions
July 7, 2016

PEOPLE BENEATH OUR FEET is the first original play from Hungry Minds Productions, written by Katya Mendelson and Kiroshan Naidoo in response to the refugee crisis that has been the result of the Syrian civil war. This new play grapples with important issues and represents a significant development for this young theatre company.
BWW Review: Highly Watchable New Production of OUT OF BOUNDS at #NAF2016 Needs More Nuanced Directorial EyeBWW Review: Highly Watchable New Production of OUT OF BOUNDS at #NAF2016 Needs More Nuanced Directorial Eye
July 7, 2016

Although OUT OF BOUNDS is highly watchable, director Crizelle Anthony should re-interrogate her production thoroughly so as to refine both her vision and her execution of this still significant South African play by Rajesh Gopie
BWW Review: Far-fetched and Flimsy, SCRATCH is a Heartfelt Attempt at Creating Original Musical TheatreBWW Review: Far-fetched and Flimsy, SCRATCH is a Heartfelt Attempt at Creating Original Musical Theatre
July 6, 2016

SCRATCH, written by Heather Livesey, describes itself as an 'indie style musical'. The piece comes across very much like a first draft, with its far-fetched and flimsy plot never finding any kind of coherent throughline in which an audience can truly invest its engagement.
BWW Review: Magnificent THE GRAVEYARD Confirms Philip Rademeyer as One South Africa's Greatest Contemporary Playwrights
at NAF16BWW Review: Magnificent THE GRAVEYARD Confirms Philip Rademeyer as One South Africa's Greatest Contemporary Playwrights at NAF16
July 5, 2016

What happens when your parents' legacy is one of violence, alcoholism and abuse? That question is at the heart of THE GRAVEYARD, Philip Rademeyer's magnificent new play for the Rust Co-Operative.
BWW Review: Artworks, Music and Dance Offer an Immersive experience in BIRD/FISH in the Commemoration Church Hall at #NAF16BWW Review: Artworks, Music and Dance Offer an Immersive experience in BIRD/FISH in the Commemoration Church Hall at #NAF16
July 5, 2016

The first Standard Bank Ovation Award winner of the 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, BIRD/FISH, is a solo exhibition by Kristin NG-Yang.
BWW Review: Collaborating UO and Oakfields Students Deliver Promising SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at #NAF16BWW Review: Collaborating UO and Oakfields Students Deliver Promising SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at #NAF16
July 5, 2016

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD delivered an engaging 85 minutes of musical theatre, managing to explore a clear thesis while doing so. Like some of the musicals presented at the Student Arts Festival over the past few years, it raised the bar of what can be accomplished on this platform in this genre.
BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical TheatreBWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical Theatre
July 2, 2016

Certain parts of Jason Robert Brown's score for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD have been translated for a new South African production of the show which is currently being performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The intention is to explore possibilities for a greater connection for both the performers and the audience with the text of the show and the themes it communicates.
BWW Review: Witty and Goofy, WHISTLE STOP a Playful Riff on the Meet-CuteBWW Review: Witty and Goofy, WHISTLE STOP a Playful Riff on the Meet-Cute
July 2, 2016

WHISTLE STOP, Ameera Patel's play about a brief encounter between a man and a woman in a park, is being revived at the National Arts Festival by Dark Laugh Theatre Company and Hijinks Theatre this year. Having won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2014, the play is an absurd take on the meet-cute trope that is a staple of romantic comedies.
BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's VisionBWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision
July 1, 2016

Piecing together a new mythology is an audacious undertaking, and yet it is an act that is at the very heart of theatre-making: the building of a new world, with its own origins and order, that only becomes fully realised when an audience believes in it. THE FIREBIRD attempts just that, telling a post-apartheid South African story against the backdrop of a created mythology.
BWW Preview: Mixing it Up at #NAF16BWW Preview: Mixing it Up at #NAF16
June 30, 2016

Variety is the spice of life on the National Lottery Fringe, with anything and everything on offer for audiences. In this third and final National Arts Festival preview column, I'll be looking at three diverse productions that I managed to see on various platforms before this year's festival, which should offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for stand-up comedy, family fare or magical illusions.
BWW Preview: Returning Shows with New Twists at #NAF16BWW Preview: Returning Shows with New Twists at #NAF16
June 30, 2016

In this second of three special columns previewing the National Arts Festival on BroadwayWorld, I'll be taking a look at three productions that I previously reviewed, all of which are back in Grahamstown on the National Lottery Fringe, having switched things up in one way or another since their original incarnations.
BWW Preview: Four Unmissable Shows on #NAF16's National Lottery FringeBWW Preview: Four Unmissable Shows on #NAF16's National Lottery Fringe
June 27, 2016

With audiences at the National Lottery Fringe at the National Arts Festival being spoiled for choice, BroadwayWorld South Africa previews some of the theatre highlights to be seen on stage at #NAF2016 in the first of three special columns.
BWW Review: Masterful Ralph Lawson Gives Life to Alan Paton in A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCEBWW Review: Masterful Ralph Lawson Gives Life to Alan Paton in A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE
June 16, 2016

In the months since its premiere at the National Arts Festival last year, Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson's A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE has played seasons in Johannesburg and Durban, garnered critical acclaim and won three Naledi Theatre Awards. Finally making its bow in the Mother City at the Fugard Theatre, the play lives up to its reputation.
BWW Tonys Special: South African Theatre Pros on the 2016 Tony AwardsBWW Tonys Special: South African Theatre Pros on the 2016 Tony Awards
June 12, 2016

All eyes are on New York as the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League prepare to present the Tony Awards at the seventieth ceremony of its kind. On the morning of the awards, BroadwayWorld South Africa asked six local theatre professionals what the Tony Awards means to them and who they were hoping would bring home the bacon.


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