David Fick

David Fick Born and bred in South Africa, David is an award-winning arts journalist who 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: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and CompassionBWW Review: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and Compassion
Posted: Mar. 28, 2017


BWW Review: Steyn, Hopkins and Rebelo Riveting in Howard Barker's Fascinating SCENES FROM AN EXECUTIONBWW Review: SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION
Posted: Apr. 10, 2017


BWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE's Nondumiso Lwazi MsimangaBWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE's Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga
Posted: Apr. 14, 2017


BWW Interview: Five on Friday with THREE'S A CROWD's Fatima DikeBWW Interview: Five on Friday with THREE'S A CROWD's Fatima Dike
Posted: Apr. 7, 2017


BWW Interview: Five on Friday with BLACK & WHITE's Thola AntamuBWW Interview: Five on Friday with BLACK & WHITE's Thola Antamu
Posted: Apr. 21, 2017


Photo Coverage: THREE'S A CROWD in Rehearsal for Guga S'Thebe RunPhoto Coverage: THREE'S A CROWD in Rehearsal for Guga S'Thebe Run
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


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BWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Fleur du Cap Theatre AwardsBWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Posted: Mar. 20, 2017


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


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: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and CompassionBWW Review: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and Compassion
Posted: Mar. 28, 2017


BWW Review: Pinteresque THE MOTHER an Utterly Arresting Ordeal on The Fugard Studio StageBWW Review: THE MOTHER at The Fugard Studio
Posted: Feb. 12, 2017


BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH a Perfect Opener for Mother City's Stylish Gate69BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH a Perfect Opener for Gate69
Posted: Oct. 17, 2016


BWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier TimesBWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier Times
April 29, 2017

The Fugard's first new musical production of 2017 puts FUNNY GIRL on South African stages, and the results are delightful - with a powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice, the stage, radio and film personality around whom everyone and everything in the show revolves.

BWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Sive GubangxaBWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Sive Gubangxa
April 28, 2017

Sive Gubangxa, is a South African actor on the way up. Currently performing in THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, which is finishing up its Johannesburg season before a Cape Town transfer, she found time to answer some questions about the production, its director, Alan Committie, and theatre in South Africa.

BWW Interview: Five on Friday with BLACK & WHITE's Thola AntamuBWW Interview: Five on Friday with BLACK & WHITE's Thola Antamu
April 21, 2017

Thola Antamu is a theatre-maker and performer, as well as a fearless blogger. Currently preparing for her performance in BLACK & WHITE at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, she found time to answer some questions about the production and her views of theatre in South Africa.

BWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE's Nondumiso Lwazi MsimangaBWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE's Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga
April 14, 2017

Although she is a successful writer, theatre-maker, academic and lecturer, Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga's work as a gender activist is arguably the defining feature of her work. Her current project, THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE, opened at the POPArt Performing Arts Centre last night.

BWW Review: Steyn, Hopkins and Rebelo Riveting in Howard Barker's Fascinating SCENES FROM AN EXECUTIONBWW Review: Steyn, Hopkins and Rebelo Riveting in Howard Barker's Fascinating SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION
April 10, 2017

Although it is about the process of creating art, SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION will appeal to audiences wider that those with direct links to the arts. We all love a good intrigue, and we all love a good behind-the-scenes expose.

BWW Interview: Five on Friday with THREE'S A CROWD's Fatima DikeBWW Interview: Five on Friday with THREE'S A CROWD's Fatima Dike
April 7, 2017

Theatre legend Fatima Dike styles herself as a playwright, director, teacher and mentor. Her latest directorial work, the staging of Pfarelo Nekamonde's THREE'S A CROWD at the Guga S'Thebe Arts & Culture Centre, is currently on the boards. Dike found time during rehearsals to answer some questions about the production and the vibrant cultural scene in Langa.

Photo Coverage: THREE'S A CROWD in Rehearsal for Guga S'Thebe RunPhoto Coverage: THREE'S A CROWD in Rehearsal for Guga S'Thebe Run
April 3, 2017

Only a few days remain until the opening ofTHREE'S A CROWD, a brand new play byPfarelo Nekamonde. Take a look at the show in rehearsal in photographs of the Fatima Dike directed production.

BWW Review: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and CompassionBWW Review: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and Compassion
March 28, 2017

There is an almost overwhelming sense of humanity in Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT, which is currently enjoying a week-long season at the Alexander Bar's cosy Upstairs Theatre. David Fick reviews the show, which he says is proof that theatre can heal what many other things cannot.

BWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Fleur du Cap Theatre AwardsBWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
March 20, 2017

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were presented at a ceremony themed 'Live with Flair' at the Artscape Theatre Center last night, with the undisputed highlight of the night being the disruption of the ceremony by Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani, and Zikhona Jacobs.

BWW Special Feature: Countdown to the 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Sees Nominees and Theatre Politics Take a BowBWW Special Feature: Countdown to the 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Sees Nominees and Theatre Politics Take a Bow
March 19, 2017

The 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be presented tonight at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. With the local theatre industry counting down to the ceremony, BroadwayWorld presents a special feature that highlights the nominees and some of the discourse that has transpired since the nominations were released last month.

BWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Glamorous and Ebullient kykNET FiŽstas!
February 27, 2017

The kykNET Fiestas were presented at an ebullient ceremony at the Artscape Theatre Center on Thursday night. Broadcast live on kykNET, the evening was a suitably extravagant affair that honoured the best in Afrikaans theatre, classical music and visual arts. David Fick counts down his top ten highlights of the event.

BWW Review: This RENT is Spent, and Passion is Not Enough to Pay the Piper at the Artscape ArenaBWW Review: This RENT is Spent, and Passion is Not Enough to Pay the Piper at the Artscape Arena
February 22, 2017

David Fick reviews The Stephan Fourie Theatre Company production of RENT at the Artscape Arena, a production filled with passion - but which leaves a great deal to be desired. SPOILER ALERT: There is a spoiler about the plot of RENT in the first paragraph of this review.

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Penelope Youngleson's SILLAGESTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Penelope Youngleson's SILLAGE
February 12, 2017

SILLAGE, the award-winning drama directed, written and designed by Penelope Youngleson and performed by Rebecca Makin-Taylor and Michele Belknap, returns to the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre this February. See the behind-the-scenes video featuring interviews with the cast below.

BWW Review: Pinteresque THE MOTHER an Utterly Arresting Ordeal on The Fugard Studio StageBWW Review: Pinteresque THE MOTHER an Utterly Arresting Ordeal on The Fugard Studio Stage
February 12, 2017

Following the South African premiere of Florian Zeller's THE FATHER last year, the same playwright's companion piece, THE MOTHER, made its bow last week at The Fugard Studio. David Fick reviews.

BWW Special Feature: The Fugard Launches 2017 Bioscope Season with NT Live's Thrilling THE THREEPENNY OPERABWW Special Feature: The Fugard Launches 2017 Bioscope Season with NT Live's Thrilling THE THREEPENNY OPERA
January 30, 2017

Cape Town was at its finest this past Sunday when the Fugard Theatre hosted a reception in their breathtaking rooftop bar to announce the programme of The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season before a screening of The National Theatre's thrilling production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA.

BWW Awards Special: South African Theatre Winners Celebrate the 2016 Regional BroadwayWorld South Africa AwardsBWW Awards Special: South African Theatre Winners Celebrate the 2016 Regional BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards
January 18, 2017

It was no unlucky Friday the 13th for South Africa's theatre community when BroadwayWorld's Regional Managing Editor Christina Mancuso released the names of the of the winners of the 2016 BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards.

BWW Review: Return Season of BAD JEWS at The Fugard a Timely Warning of the Dangers of a Post-Truth SocietyBWW Review: Return Season of BAD JEWS at The Fugard a Timely Warning of the Dangers of a Post-Truth Society
December 19, 2016

This return season of BAD JEWS comes hot on the heels of the announcement of "post-truth" as Oxford's word of the year, giving audiences a moment to pause and reflect on the way we handle our lives in a post-truth society and us to consider what we destroy in our quest to be right.

BWW Review: OH BABY, I'M A WILD ONE Offers a Deeply Cynical View of Contemporary Morality at the Alexander UpstairsBWW Review: OH BABY, I'M A WILD ONE Offers a Deeply Cynical View of Contemporary Morality at the Alexander Upstairs
December 14, 2016

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 Gate69BWW 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.

BWW Review: THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER Ė and There is Sweet Love and Comic Domesticity on the Menu
October 10, 2016

Richard Kaplan's debut as a produced playwright with THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER offers an evening of solid entertainment. For its pivotal love scene alone, it is worth going to see what is being cooked up for the Finkelsteins' visit.



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