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 Blog: On the Meaningful Recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at South African Theatre Awards CeremoniesAwards for Productions of Theatre for Young Audiences
Posted: Apr. 19, 2016


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BWW Reviews: Savvy and Sassy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS an Enjoyable Musical RompBWW Reviews: Savvy and Sassy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Posted: May. 9, 2015


BWW Reviews: Jon Keevy's EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING a Play Sewn Like Delicate LaceBWW Reviews: Jon Keevy's EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING a Play Sewn Like Delicate Lace
Posted: May. 16, 2015


BWW Review: Magnificent I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE a Must-See at the Magnet TheatreBWW Review: I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE at Magnet Theatre
Posted: Feb. 22, 2016


BWW Blog: The 51st Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in ReviewBWW Reviews: The 51st Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Posted: Mar. 23, 2016


BWW Reviews: BANGALORY'S BACK with a Bang at the BaxterBWW Reviews: BANGALORY’S BACK with a Bang at the Baxter
Posted: Dec. 18, 2015


BWW Special Feature: Getting Critical, And Putting The Spotlight On Theatre ReviewsBWW Special Feature: Getting Critical, And Putting The Spotlight On Theatre Reviews
Posted: Dec. 14, 2015


BWW Reviews: An Allegory in the Making, CANNIBAL COUNTRY, Puts Privilege on the Menu at Alexander Bar's Upstairs TheatreBWW Reviews: CANNIBAL COUNTRY at Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre
Posted: Feb. 19, 2016


UPDATE: ASSITEJ Responds to BWW SA Article On the Recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at SA AwardsUPDATE: ASSITEJ Responds to BWW SA Article On the Recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at SA Awards
May 2, 2016

The director of ASSITEJ SA, Yvette Hardie, responds to the BroadwayWorld South Africa article, 'On the Meaningful Recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at South African Theatre Awards Ceremonies'.
BWW Blog: On the Meaningful Recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at South African Theatre Awards CeremoniesBWW Blog: On the Meaningful Recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at South African Theatre Awards Ceremonies
April 19, 2016

How meaningful is the recognition of Theatre for Young Audiences at major South African theatre awards ceremonies such as the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards and the Naledi Theatre Awards>
BWW Blog: The 51st Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in ReviewBWW Blog: The 51st Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in Review
March 23, 2016

The 51st Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were presented at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town on Sunday night in a ceremony that highlighted the theme of 'new beginnings'. With the main event taking place in the newly refurbished Baxter Theatre, this year's winners all received a newly designed medallion. The evening also aimed to present to the audience of theatre-makers, performers, designers, critics and patrons a fusion of cultures.
BWW Review: Magnificent I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE a Must-See at the Magnet TheatreBWW Review: Magnificent I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE a Must-See at the Magnet Theatre
February 22, 2016

Words are perhaps inadequate repositories to record the visceral emotional experience of watching I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE. It has to be seen. You have to live through it. And when you have, you too will see how I TURNED AWAY AND SHE WAS GONE continues to live in you, just as it has in me.
BWW Review: Great Music Not Enough to Save BEAUTIFUL WRECKAGE at Alexander Bar's Upstairs TheatreBWW Review: Great Music Not Enough to Save BEAUTIFUL WRECKAGE at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
February 22, 2016

Drugs are bad, yo. And sex? It'll ruin your life. These are just two of the life lessons to be learned in the gauchely naive BEAUTIFUL WRECKAGE, a new pop-rock musical written and performed by Grant Jacobs and Liam McDermott
BWW Reviews: An Allegory in the Making, CANNIBAL COUNTRY, Puts Privilege on the Menu at Alexander Bar's Upstairs TheatreBWW Reviews: An Allegory in the Making, CANNIBAL COUNTRY, Puts Privilege on the Menu at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
February 19, 2016

CANNIBAL COUNTRY, a new physical theatre drama written by Alex McCarthy, made its bow at the Alexander Bar and Cafe's Upstairs Theatre this week. The timing is opportune, with protests at the University of Cape Town, of which McCarthy is a graduate, once again seeing emotions run high in both the mainstream and social media.
BWW Reviews: Lots of Laughs, but DOCTOR GODENSTEIN'S MAN Needs More Tinkering in the LabBWW Reviews: Lots of Laughs, but DOCTOR GODENSTEIN'S MAN Needs More Tinkering in the Lab
February 15, 2016

The latest entry in the tradition of FRANKENSTEIN parody and satrire is local theatre-maker Callum Tilbury's DOCTOR GODENSTEIN'S MAN, starring Wessel Pretorius and Ameera Conrad in a production directed by Byron Bure at the Galloway Theatre.
BWW Reviews: BANGALORY'S BACK with a Bang at the BaxterBWW Reviews: BANGALORY'S BACK with a Bang at the Baxter
December 18, 2015

A revival of the iconic South African children's television show, BANGALORY TIME, adults are able to bring their children and grandchildren to enjoy fondly BANGALORY'S BACK and create some new fans at the same time.
BWW Special Feature: Getting Critical, And Putting The Spotlight On Theatre ReviewsBWW Special Feature: Getting Critical, And Putting The Spotlight On Theatre Reviews
December 14, 2015

Theatre criticism, they say, is in crisis. Follow the news feed of any theatre practitioner on any social media platform, and chances are that an impassioned debate will arise on the subject at some point. BroadwayWorld Contributing Editor David Fick takes a look at nature of criticism, its relevance and place in contemporary society and the ability of critics themselves to perceive the theatrical act.
BWW Reviews: Jon Keevy's EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING a Play Sewn Like Delicate LaceBWW Reviews: Jon Keevy's EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING a Play Sewn Like Delicate Lace
May 16, 2015

EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING is a bittersweet microcosm of the human experience. It is in grappling with these two sisters' encounter that elusive thoughts rise to the surface about what lies behind the artifice of one's own life. Beautiful pain. Finding one in the other is our only hope.
BWW Reviews: Savvy and Sassy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS an Enjoyable Musical RompBWW Reviews: Savvy and Sassy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS an Enjoyable Musical Romp
May 9, 2015

Some three decades after its first premiere, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS still delivers on its promise to be an enjoyable romp for its audiences. In this production, there is a great deal of fun to be had in the kind of musical that offers only the slightest commentary on the world around us - 'whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants' - and mostly expects its viewers to kick back, relax and go along for the ride.
BWW Reviews: Too Little Life in Matthew Wild's CABARET at the Fugard, Old ChumBWW Reviews: Too Little Life in Matthew Wild's CABARET at the Fugard, Old Chum
April 2, 2015

The Fugard Theatre's production of CABARET begins with a perfectly realised moment of theatre. Before long, the magic of that moment wears off, and this production of the classic John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff musical begins to flounder in Matthew Wild's directionless staging of the piece.
BWW Blogs: Reactions to the 50th Anniversary Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards NominationsBWW Blogs: Reactions to the 50th Anniversary Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Nominations
March 8, 2015

The Fleur du Cap nominations are out! Here are some thoughts about the nominees in each of the categories.
BWW Reviews: New South African Show ORPHEUS IN AFRICA All Set for Classic Musical StatusBWW Reviews: New South African Show ORPHEUS IN AFRICA All Set for Classic Musical Status
February 19, 2015

ORPHEUS IN AFRICA is all set to be a grand, old-fashioned classic musical in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition. Kramer has unearthed a fantastic historical footnote and found the reason that this story deserves to be raised into our consciousness more than a century after Orpheus McAdoo's death in 1900.
BWW Reviews: (Un)Making Men in MOFFIE a Vision for Dance That MattersBWW Reviews: (Un)Making Men in MOFFIE a Vision for Dance That Matters
January 28, 2015

Billed as Bailey Snyman's dance interpretation of Andre Carl van der Merwe's novel, MOFFIE sets itself a demanding task in adapting and translating the themes of Van der Merwe's harrowing novel. That's enough to hope that MOFFIE is a piece that earns support so that Snyman and his Matchbox Theatre Collective can develop their work and continue to try and make dance that matters.
BWW Reviews: Devastatingly Competent OTHELLO Leaves Audience Out in the Cold at MaynardvilleBWW Reviews: Devastatingly Competent OTHELLO Leaves Audience Out in the Cold at Maynardville
January 26, 2015

Fred Abrahamse's staging of OTHELLO fails to capture the accelerating spiral in which the titular character finds himself on the way to his doom; this OTHELLO is a bland, watered down affair that is, at best, a devastatingly competent reading of the play.
BWW Reviews: Operatic SAMSA-MASJIEN an Intense Rendering of and Meditation on HumanityBWW Reviews: Operatic SAMSA-MASJIEN an Intense Rendering of and Meditation on Humanity
January 22, 2015

The premiere of SAMSA-MASJIEN in the Baxter Theatre's Flipside venue last week was my second experience of the play. I previously saw the piece at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) last year, where it was staged in a hangar on the grounds of the South African National Defence Force, a seemingly infinite space that suited the operatic scope of the production a little better than the relatively more intimate (though still fairly sized) alternative theatre venue at the Baxter Theatre. Nonetheless, SAMSA-MASJIEN remains an intense rendering of and meditation on aging, the nature of dementia, family and compassion.
BWW Reviews: Penelope Youngleson's NAT a Noble and Essential Reality CheckBWW Reviews: Penelope Youngleson's NAT a Noble and Essential Reality Check
January 20, 2015

Penelope Youngleson and Philip Rademeyer's Rust Co-Operative is a theatre collective that does not shy away from controversial and provocative subject matter. The company's new play, NAT, written and directed by Youngleson is a brutal, no-holds-barred look at the reality of the lives of children in disadvantaged communities.
2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: The Plays - Part 32014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: The Plays - Part 3
December 31, 2014

It is the last day of 2014 and this final look at 'six of the best' plays to appear on South African stages finishes up BroadwayWorld's review of the past year's theatre.
2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre and Opera2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre and Opera
December 31, 2014

The penultimate column in our 2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives deals with musical theatre and opera. Today we celebrate 'six of the best' opera and musical theatre productions from around the country - with two honourable mentions for an outstanding cabaret and revue - having already looked at some of the best plays and dance productions of the year.


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