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.
Louis Viljoen's OH BABY, I'M A WILD ONE is a character study of a first-year teacher trying to sift through the psychological debris that a confluence of key events has bulldozed into her life. It is theatre that offers some food for thought about how society constructs morality and how individuals seem geared to deconstruct and contravene those norms.BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH a Perfect Opener for Mother City's Stylish Gate69 October 17, 2016
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Gate69 not only celebrates its queerness but also reminds us that we have our own Hedwigs to celebrate and our own Berlin Walls to conquer. It is the perfect choice to open this stylish new venue in the Mother City. October 10, 2016
HOLY CONTRACT ends with a brief but powerful statement that compels us to reflect on our personal, social, political or artistic narratives. Sometimes it is essential to remember that we can stop, be present and decide whether we want to swim upstream or not, and HOLY CONTRACT is a potent reminder of our power as individual human beings.BWW Review: Powerful Choreopoem SONGS FOR KHWEZI is Theatre That Can Disrupt and Heal October 7, 2016
SONGS FOR KHWEZI is theatre that one hopes to see grow in its reach. It is theatre that says important things in an original way. It is theatre that speaks truths that women know and that men need to hear. It is theatre that can disrupt. It is theatre that can heal.BWW Review: Will the Real WOZA ALBERT! Please Stand Up? October 7, 2016
WOZA ALBERT! remains an incredibly powerful play. That it can withstand mediocre productions and still, more or less, manage to resonate with an audience is a testament to what Ngema, Mtwa and Simon achieved 35 years ago. When the real WOZA ALBERT! stands up, it takes no prisoners. It is a play that reminds us of the journey we have travelled, and the long way we still have to go.BWW Review: Energetic Performances from Zondi and Nzimande Make TERMITE a Romp for the Tween Set October 6, 2016
TERMITE! TALL TALES FOR BIG PEOPLE is a dynamic performance piece in which two actors tell a trio contemporary tales that blend izinganekwane with physical theatre . Mentioning 'big people' in the title is a super tactic to attract the 'tween' audience to which this production will appeal most, although there are plenty of nods to local political parties and popular culture to keep their guardians satisfied. October 5, 2016
THE GRUFFALO seems to have done brisk business at the Cape Town Fringe and is sure to have a life on South African stages beyond this initial engagement, with an isiXhosa version already lined up for next year. It will be fascinating to see how this process of translation plays out as the next entry into this franchise's commodities is developed.BWW Review: Irrepressibly Zany POLICE COPS a Giddy Ride on Laughter-induced Endorphins October 2, 2016
The Fugard Theatre's production of CLYBOURNE PARK arrives at a time when South Africa is caught up in Archibald MacLeish's idea of 'the play without the play,' a world in which the gentrification trend and the problems caused by white privilege denialism intersect.BWW Review: I LOVE YOU: You're Privileged, Now Change July 30, 2016
There is a meme making the rounds on Facebook at the moment. Above an image of the cast of the television series, FRIENDS, a caption reads: 'This documentary of White Privilege is kinda long and hard to watch, but DAMN. Really lays it all out there.' This revival of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE offers the musical theatre equivalent of that perception.