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 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: Breezy Date Night Fare VACANCY Prods Existentialist Metatheatrical DaydreamsBWW Review: Breezy Date Night Fare VACANCY Prods Existentialist Metatheatrical Daydreams
Posted: Jun. 10, 2016


BWW Review: Stellar Performances in A COCK AND BULL STORY, Though the Production Itself Pulls its PunchesBWW Review: Stellar Performances in A COCK AND BULL STORY
Posted: May. 27, 2016


BWW Review: Masterful Ralph Lawson Gives Life to Alan Paton in A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCEBWW Review: A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE
Posted: Jun. 16, 2016


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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: Quirky YOU SUCK (AND OTHER INESCAPABLE TRUTHS) a Rosy-Wretched Comic GemBWW Review: Quirky YOU SUCK (AND OTHER INESCAPABLE TRUTHS)
Posted: May. 7, 2016


BWW Review: FROM THE HEART Restores June Carter Cash as the Leading Player in Her Own StoryBWW Review: FROM THE HEART Realigns the June Carter Cash Story
Posted: May. 5, 2016


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 Review: Poetic and Powerful SILLAGE an Extraordinary Theatrical ExperienceBWW Review: Poetic and Powerful SILLAGE
Posted: May. 16, 2016


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.
BWW Review: Breezy Date Night Fare VACANCY Prods Existentialist Metatheatrical DaydreamsBWW Review: Breezy Date Night Fare VACANCY Prods Existentialist Metatheatrical Daydreams
June 10, 2016

An independently produced fringe theatre piece, VACANCY prompts two BroadwayWorld South Africa reviews in one article.
BWW Review: Stellar Performances in A COCK AND BULL STORY, Though the Production Itself Pulls its PunchesBWW Review: Stellar Performances in A COCK AND BULL STORY, Though the Production Itself Pulls its Punches
May 27, 2016

Even if A COCK AND BULL STORY ultimately pulls its punches. the two performances around which the production is built are stellar, most likely some of the best work South African audiences will see onstage this year.
BWW Review: Mongiwekhaya's I SEE YOU / NGIYAKUBONA / EK SIEN JOU / NDIYAKUBONA Negotiates Essential South African TerritoryBWW Review: Mongiwekhaya's I SEE YOU / NGIYAKUBONA / EK SIEN JOU / NDIYAKUBONA Negotiates Essential South African Territory
May 18, 2016

Mongiwekhaya's I SEE YOU / NGIYAKUBONA / EK SIEN JOU / NDIYAKUBONA places the issue of reconciliation within and between black communities within the wider context of South Africa's fractured rainbow nation - an image that was perhaps more idealistic than true.
BWW Review: Poetic and Powerful SILLAGE an Extraordinary Theatrical ExperienceBWW Review: Poetic and Powerful SILLAGE an Extraordinary Theatrical Experience
May 16, 2016

Penny Youngleson's new play accomplishes its enlightenment through a domestic scenario without ever becoming didactic or patronising; that it does so using a powerful, unique and pliable central metaphor makes SILLAGE all the more remarkable.
BWW Review: Soloists Shine, but Ambitious SHADES OF LOVE is Undercut by Whitewashing and Poor DesignBWW Review: Soloists Shine, but Ambitious SHADES OF LOVE is Undercut by Whitewashing and Poor Design
May 13, 2016

Cape Town City Ballet is nothing if not ambitious. SHADES OF LOVE sees the company's featured artists dancing superbly, but the production never coheres into a fully-realised evening of ballet.
BWW Review: Van Vuuren Makes LIFE a Laugh-a-minute Affair at the Baxter Theatre's Golden Arrow StudioBWW Review: Van Vuuren Makes LIFE a Laugh-a-minute Affair at the Baxter Theatre's Golden Arrow Studio
May 11, 2016

Rob van Vuuren's LIFE is a side-splitting observation of the way we live today. Van Vuuren is uproariously funny, landing the many laughs that he sets up with his particularly distinctive flair. But watch out if you're seated in the first few rows...
BWW Review: Quirky YOU SUCK (AND OTHER INESCAPABLE TRUTHS) a Rosy-Wretched Comic GemBWW Review: Quirky YOU SUCK (AND OTHER INESCAPABLE TRUTHS) a Rosy-Wretched Comic Gem
May 7, 2016

YOU SUCK (AND OTHER INESCAPABLE TRUTHS) is hilariously biting comedy from playwright-performer Klara van Wyk, keeping the audiences in stitches of laughter from start to finish as she delves into the depths what it means to be a school pupil in our turbulent times.
BWW Review: FROM THE HEART Restores June Carter Cash as the Leading Player in Her Own StoryBWW Review: FROM THE HEART Restores June Carter Cash as the Leading Player in Her Own Story
May 5, 2016

In FROM THE HEART, the focus on and celebration of June Carter Cash as an individual is long past due, a welcome realignment of her story from her own perspective rather than as a supporting player in the narrative of her husband, the man in black, Johnny Cash.
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.


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