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Bringing Back Theatre — In Conversation with Caroline Calburn of Theatre Arts Interview Bringing Back Theatre — In Conversation with Caroline Calburn of Theatre Arts
by Lindsay Kruger - October 01, 2020, South Africa

Starting this month, CREATING THEATRE IN THE AGE OF CORONA presented by Theatre Arts brings back the excitement, joy and intimacy of live performance in a safe environment. Presenting five new, physically distanced performance works to audiences of only 15 seats, Theatre Arts organiser Caroline Calb...
Osman Osman: THE COMEBACK IS STRONGER THAN THE SETBACK. Blu Blood, a South African an Interview Osman Osman: THE COMEBACK IS STRONGER THAN THE SETBACK. Blu Blood, a South African and Middle East Entertainment Company
by Danny Wimpey - June 30, 2020, South Africa

Osman Osman is a successful promoter and the CEO of Blu Blood, an entertainment company in South Africa and the Middle East. He believes that hard work, flexibility, and an openness to new opportunities will see a resurgence in the entertainment industry there....
Emma Kotze and Wynne Bredenkamp Behind Taking The Edge Theatre Collective Digital Interview Emma Kotze and Wynne Bredenkamp Behind Taking The Edge Theatre Collective Digital
by Lindsay Kruger - June 16, 2020, South Africa

Emma Kotze and Wynne Bredenkamp started their journey with The Edge at the National Arts Festival 6 years ago, and today are navigating the new way of moving their Fringe productions online. From filming challenges to seeing a new future for The Edge, Kotze and Bredenkamp chat to BroadwayWorld South...
Faeron Wheeler on Making F Creation's Digital Debut at the National Arts Festival's v Interview Faeron Wheeler on Making F Creation's Digital Debut at the National Arts Festival's vFringe
by Lindsay Kruger - June 16, 2020, South Africa

With just over a week to go until this year's Virtual National Arts Festival, creatives across the country are having to find ways to showcase their work digitally. Faeron Wheeler behind the production company F Creations discusses how three of their productions are preparing to be on screens at 202...
Fiona Ramsay on Her Fleur Du Cap Win, Adapting Under Lockdown, and What's Keeping Her Interview Fiona Ramsay on Her Fleur Du Cap Win, Adapting Under Lockdown, and What's Keeping Her Busy
by Lindsay Kruger - May 28, 2020, South Africa

Fiona: Tennessee Williams wrote some of the greatest roles for women and most were based on people he had met and known during his life. I had the great fortune of playing the Princess in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH the year before with the same company; in fact, we toured to the US with it and it was an ex...
Q&A with Fahiem Stellenboom of the Baxter Theatre Centre Interview Q&A with Fahiem Stellenboom of the Baxter Theatre Centre
by Lindsay Kruger - May 26, 2020, South Africa

A friendly face you're used to seeing making the rounds at opening nights, Fahiem Stellenboom has been hard at work over the past 2 months behind the scenes at The Baxter. He chats to BroadwayWorld about the impact of lockdown on Cape Town's iconic theatre....
Rob Van Vuuren talks ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and performing in lockdown Interview Rob Van Vuuren talks ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and performing in lockdown
by Faeron Wheeler - May 05, 2020, South Africa

Comedian and actor Rob van Vuuren has been working hard during lockdown to keep the arts alive. He chatted to us about the new world of live streaming shows and the future of the entertainment world, post-lockdown....
Hayleigh Evans of Q&A at POP Art Interview Hayleigh Evans of Q&A at POP Art
by Danny Wimpey - April 29, 2020, South Africa

Hayleigh is the artistic director for POP Art Theatre at the iconic Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg. As with all live venues, lockdown is having a significant effect. She discusses their future plans in the post-COVID-19 world and how they are managing the crisis at the moment....
Danny Wimpey of JANNIE DU TOIT at Lockdown Interview Danny Wimpey of JANNIE DU TOIT at Lockdown
by Danny Wimpey - April 29, 2020, South Africa

Jannie du Toit, a well-known South African singer/songwriter, has been writing music and performing in Afrikaans for almost 50 years. He recently gave us his thoughts on how the COVID 19 lockdown has affected things for him and the entertainment industry in South Africa....
Q&A with Jaco Van Rensburg of VR Theatrical Interview Q&A with Jaco Van Rensburg of VR Theatrical
by Lindsay Kruger - April 16, 2020, South Africa

Executive producer Jaco van Rensburg is taking a break from running VR Theatrical amidst the nationwide lockdown, and chats to BroadwayWorld South Africa on the ever-changing world of entertainment, the effect of having to cancel 4 productions, and where he sees theatre going....
Q&A with Debbie Turner of Cape Town City Ballet Interview Q&A with Debbie Turner of Cape Town City Ballet
by Lindsay Kruger - April 15, 2020, South Africa

Their autumn season may be postponed, but Cape Town City Ballet dancers are still hard at work behind the scenes. CEO Debbie Turner talks about what to expect after lockdown....
Actress Natasha Van Der Merwe talks about life in COVID-19 lockdown Interview Actress Natasha Van Der Merwe talks about life in COVID-19 lockdown
by Faeron Wheeler - April 12, 2020, South Africa

It's an uncertain time for those working in the entertainment industry. We chatted to South African actress Natasha van der Merwe about life for a performer during the lockdown....
Q&A with Schelaine Bennett on LOCKDOWN HEIGHTS Interview Q&A with Schelaine Bennett on LOCKDOWN HEIGHTS
by Lindsay Kruger - April 09, 2020, South Africa

Keeping SA entertained and keeping herself busy, actress Schelaine Bennett chats to BroadwayWorld South Africa about life under lockdown for herself and in her IGTV series, LOCKDOWN HEIGHTS....
Q&A with Lamees Albertus of The Fugard Theatre Interview Q&A with Lamees Albertus of The Fugard Theatre
by Lindsay Kruger - April 06, 2020, South Africa

One month into her role as General Manager and Producer of The Fugard Theatre, Lamees Albertus has had to navigate her way around running a theatre under lockdown. Albertus does a quick Q&A with BroadwayWorld South Africa about lockdown and the arts, and where you can get your Fugard fix....
Sophie Joans creator of SCENES ON SCREENS Interview Sophie Joans creator of SCENES ON SCREENS
by Faeron Wheeler - April 06, 2020, South Africa

Looking for a theatre fix during South Africa's lockdown? Sophie Joans has created a wonderful Instagram platform called SCENES ON SCREENS....
Christina Bianco On Playing ME, MYSELF & EVERYONE ELSE Interview Christina Bianco On Playing ME, MYSELF & EVERYONE ELSE
by Lindsay Kruger - March 06, 2020, South Africa

From The Ellen Degeneres Show to a starring role in Paris, Christina Bianco is as charming on stage and screen as she is talented. The New York native took time out in her final week as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL to chat to BroadwayWorld about her iconic impressions and upcoming one day only show, ME...
Pieter-Dirk Uys on the Heart and Humour Behind Bambi in NEVER TOO NAKED Interview Pieter-Dirk Uys on the Heart and Humour Behind Bambi in NEVER TOO NAKED
by Lindsay Kruger - March 05, 2020, South Africa

Pieter-Dirk Uys returns as Bambi Kellermann in the satirical, scandalous and sparkling NEVER TOO NAKED. Coming to the Fugard stage later this month, Uys reveals Bambi's beginnings, journey, and what to expect next from Tannie Evita's younger sister....
Kseniya Filinova-Bruton of THE SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL SOUTH AFRICA at The Fugar Interview Kseniya Filinova-Bruton of THE SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL SOUTH AFRICA at The Fugard Theatre
by Faeron Wheeler - February 05, 2020, South Africa

This year is the 10th anniversary of the SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL SOUTH AFRICA (SSF SA) and the first round is happening at The Fugard Theatre 3-14 March. We chatted to the found of the festival, Kseniya Filinova-Bruton, about all that she and her team have managed to achieve in the last 10 year...
Sue Diepeveen chats about the RE-OPENING of The Drama Factory Interview Sue Diepeveen chats about the RE-OPENING of The Drama Factory
by Faeron Wheeler - January 29, 2020, South Africa

The Drama Factory in Somerset West has become something of an institution for patrons in the area. The theatre has been around for three years already, and has had some incredible talent treading the boards. In December 2019, owner Sue Diepeveen undertook a big move and has relocated her theatre to ...
Greg Karvellas of 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS at The Fugard Theatre Interview Greg Karvellas of 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS at The Fugard Theatre
by Lindsay Kruger - January 24, 2020, South Africa

Greg Karvellas is back in the director's seat for The Fugard Theatre's production of the poignant 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS. Having recently directed the critically-acclaimed STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST UNDER THE IMMORALITY ACT, Karvellas reveals to BroadwayWorld what he learnt about Fugard, wh...
Nancy Rademeyer, Jeff Brooker & Sue Diepeveen on THE SYRINGA TREE at The Drama Factor Interview Nancy Rademeyer, Jeff Brooker & Sue Diepeveen on THE SYRINGA TREE at The Drama Factory
by Faeron Wheeler - November 26, 2019, South Africa

THE SYRINGA TREE is a 2019 Standard Bank Ovation Award winner at the National Arts Festival. I was lucky enough to catch a performance at NAF and this production blew me away. It's a very good thing that this production is coming to Cape Town now and more people will get a chance to see this beautif...
Godfrey Johnson on Bringing Nijinsky to Life in VASLAV at The Fugard Theatre Interview Godfrey Johnson on Bringing Nijinsky to Life in VASLAV at The Fugard Theatre
by Lindsay Kruger - October 21, 2019, South Africa

Vaslav Nijinsky stands as one of the most celebrated, yet also controversial great male dancers of the 20th century. Bringing the spirit and life of Nijinsky to the Fugard stage this month, Godfrey Johnson chats with BroadwayWorld about the triple Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominated production VASL...
Charles Tertiens Returns to the Cape Town Stage for a Night of Comedy Magic Interview Charles Tertiens Returns to the Cape Town Stage for a Night of Comedy Magic
by Faeron Wheeler - September 26, 2019, South Africa

Charles Tertiens is heading back to the stage in Cape Town with his new show: PREMIUM LIVE SHOWCASE OF COMEDY MAGIC. It's set to be a laugh a minute at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, but he does promise that no watches will be harmed....
Greg Karvellas on Directing Acclaimed Production of His Favorite Fugard Play Interview Greg Karvellas on Directing Acclaimed Production of His Favorite Fugard Play
by Lindsay Kruger - September 10, 2019, South Africa

As The Fugard Theatre's Artistic Director since November 2018, Greg Karvellas has an impressive number of productions behind his name. His latest offering - STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST UNDER THE IMMORALITY ACT by Athol Fugard - comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre this month, following an esteemed run ...
Jessica Driver on Her Journey to Landing A Lead in the Upcoming ROCK OF AGES Interview Jessica Driver on Her Journey to Landing A Lead in the Upcoming ROCK OF AGES
by Lindsay Kruger - August 08, 2019, South Africa

The iconic ROCK OF AGES bursts onto the Montecasino Teatro stage later this year bringing the 80s alive and boasting top local talent. This production celebrates the rock musical's 10th Broadway anniversary this year, with newcomer Jessica Driver celebrating her first lead role as small-town rocksta...
From Rocky to Brad to Frank - Craig Urbani's Third Take in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Interview From Rocky to Brad to Frank - Craig Urbani's Third Take in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
by Lindsay Kruger - June 12, 2019, South Africa

With its announcement late last month, South Africa is shivering with anticipation over THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW's arrival to Artscape and Montecasino later this year. Leading man Craig Urbani chats to BroadwayWorld South Africa about his history with Richard O'Brien's beloved rock 'n roll musical, and...
Earl Gregory on Entering the Land of Lola in Upcoming KINKY BOOTS Interview Earl Gregory on Entering the Land of Lola in Upcoming KINKY BOOTS
by Lindsay Kruger - April 25, 2019, South Africa

Stepping out of The Baker's shoes in Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS and slipping on Lola's signature siren red heels, Earl Gregory gets ready to sing and stomp up a storm as a lead in the award-winning KINKY BOOTS at The Fugard Theatre later this year....
Tumi Morake and Vanessa Frost Talk Characters, Comedy and Other C-Words in TEASE! Interview Tumi Morake and Vanessa Frost Talk Characters, Comedy and Other C-Words in TEASE!
by Lindsay Kruger - March 04, 2019, South Africa

Now showing at Sandton's Auto & General Theatre on the Square, TEASE! invites audiences into the lives of Eva and Neo as they ride a wave of sexual awakening and self-discovery. Leads Tumi Morake and Vanessa Frost tempt us with a piece of behind-the-scenes talk of what makes up this humorous, heart-...
Reviewing Democracy and Exploring Humanity in KUNENE AND THE KING with John Kani Interview Reviewing Democracy and Exploring Humanity in KUNENE AND THE KING with John Kani
by Lindsay Kruger - February 28, 2019, South Africa

Outlined as a "moving and funny two-hander", playwright John Kani describes his latest play KUNENE AND THE KING as a review of the past 25 years of South African democracy. From plotlines to politics, Kani sits down with Broadway World in between rehearsals to discuss the anticipated international d...
Internationally Acclaimed Director Nicolas Kent on Bringing HAPPY NEW YEAR (A PLAY WI Interview Internationally Acclaimed Director Nicolas Kent on Bringing HAPPY NEW YEAR (A PLAY WITH SONGS) to The Fugard
by Lindsay Kruger - February 09, 2019, South Africa

Welcoming 2019 with a heartwarming rom-com, HAPPY NEW YEAR (A PLAY WITH SONGS) is the latest adaption by David Kramer brought to the Fugard stage. Starring Bianca Flanders and Dean Balie, the play follows two out-of-luck and out-of-love souls in a hilarious and captivating whirlwind adventure of a w...
LANGARM Leads Delve Into David Kramer's Unmissable New Musical Interview LANGARM Leads Delve Into David Kramer's Unmissable New Musical
by Lindsay Kruger - November 15, 2018, South Africa

With promises to take your breath away, David Kramer's LANGARM debuts at the Fugard Theatre later this month. Taking on the starring roles of a forbidden dance duo in 1960s Disctrict Six, Cameron Botha and Rushney Ferguson gush about this new musical, working with Kramer, and LANGARM's unique appeal...
Gideon Lombard's Journey With Award-Winning DIE REUK VAN APPELS Interview Gideon Lombard's Journey With Award-Winning DIE REUK VAN APPELS
by Lindsay Kruger - October 16, 2018, South Africa

Since its 2017 debut at the KNKK festival, DIE REUK VAN APPELS returns to the Fugard with almost 20 awards and nominations under its belt. Hailed as a 'must-see' piece of theater, leading man Gideon Lombard chats about the play's great success and his journey with this critically-acclaimed productio...
Candice Bernstein and Matt Newman Discuss Dark Comedy GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES Interview Candice Bernstein and Matt Newman Discuss Dark Comedy GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES
by Lindsay Kruger - October 15, 2018, South Africa

In its South African debut, Candice Bernstein and Matt Newman star in the hilariously haunting GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES at Alexander Bar next month. In this interview they give us a glimpse into their journey with their complex characters of Kayleen and Doug, and how GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES...
Nicole Fortuin On Being 'Flawed, Layered and Vocal' in OLEANNA Interview Nicole Fortuin On Being 'Flawed, Layered and Vocal' in OLEANNA
by Lindsay Kruger - September 11, 2018, South Africa

Coming to The Fugard Theatre this month, OLEANNA is a two-character play by David Mamet. Stripped down to a discussion between a female student and her male professor, it addresses issues of inequality, language, gender, and more. In her role as student Carol, Nicole Fortuin delves deeper into her e...
Five on Friday with The Fugard Theatre's Greg Karvellas Interview Five on Friday with The Fugard Theatre's Greg Karvellas
by David Fick - March 30, 2018, South Africa

Athol Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA is back on stage in South Africa in a major production mounted by The Fugard Theatre. At the helm of this new staging of the classic play is Greg Karvellas, who shared his thoughts on directing this well-loved South African play in this week's edition of 'Five on Fri...
Five on Friday with Joshua Ackerman of IMMORTAL at The Castle of Good Hope Interview Five on Friday with Joshua Ackerman of IMMORTAL at The Castle of Good Hope
by David Fick - December 08, 2017, South Africa

IMMORTAL, the first performance of the first immersive theatre experience of its kind in South Africa, took place at The Castle of Good Hope last night, and it is all the brainchild of writer-director Joshua Ackerman. He took some time out to chat to us about the production in this week's Five on Fr...
Five on Friday with Masali Baduza of NASTY WOMXN at the Alexander Upstairs Interview Five on Friday with Masali Baduza of NASTY WOMXN at the Alexander Upstairs
by David Fick - October 27, 2017, South Africa

Cape Town-based actress Masali Baduza is passionately in love with theatre and film. Right now she is working with The Furies, a collective whose focus is creating space and opportunities in the theatre industry for marginalised womxn, on NASTY WOMXN, and she took some time out to chat with us for t...
Five on Friday with Gideon Lombard of DIE REUK VAN APPELS at The Fugard Theatre Interview Five on Friday with Gideon Lombard of DIE REUK VAN APPELS at The Fugard Theatre
by David Fick - October 13, 2017, South Africa

This week's Five on Friday focuses on Gideon Lombard, who performs in DIE REUK VAN APPELS at The Fugard Theatre from next week. Based Mark Behr's 1993 novel, the solo play tells the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, the eleven-year-old son of a South African Defence Force general during the apa...
Five on Friday with Roxane Hayward of The Fugard Theatre's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Interview Five on Friday with Roxane Hayward of The Fugard Theatre's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by David Fick - October 06, 2017, South Africa

Roxane Hayward will play the role of Viola de Lesseps in the South African premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, which starts performances at The Fugard Theatre next week. She took some time out to talk to BroadwayWorld South Africa in this week's Five on Friday....
Five on Friday with Jayne Batzofin, the Artistic Director for Clowns Without Borders Interview Five on Friday with Jayne Batzofin, the Artistic Director for Clowns Without Borders South Africa
by David Fick - August 11, 2017, South Africa

Clowns Without Borders South Africa is celebrating their tenth anniversary with a once-off Comedy Benefit Showcase at the iconic Fugard Studio Theatre this August. BroadwayWorld South Africa chatted with Jayne Batzofin, the artistic director for Clowns Without Borders South Africa, about the importa...