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Theatre Review: Red Ahead, Or View From A Loo Versus Do Be Do

By BRUCE DENNILL   RedFest 2017: Helen Of Troyeville & Kate Normington – Live At Parlour Songs / Directed by Lesedi Job & Rowan Bakker (respectively) / Redhill School, Johannesburg   The RedFest arts festival is now in its second year, expanding both is programme and its ...

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Theatre Review: King Kong – Athletic Angst, Or Of Poetry And Pugilism

By BRUCE DENNILL   King Kong / Directed by Jonathan Munby / Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   The phrase “long-awaited” is generally over-used in publicity bilge in a pointless attempt, perhaps, to convince readers that their lives have been oddly empty without whatever those words precede. In this ...

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Film Reviews: Children, Creativity And Communication

By BRUCE DENNILL   Justice League: Cosmic Clash (PG)     7.5 Open Season: Scared Silly (A)              7 Molly Moon & The Incredible Book Of Hypnotism     3 Max (PGV)                                               6.5 The Gooey Lunchbox                              6.5 Ratchet & Clank                                      6     It sounds like a cynical – and silly – marketing gimmick, but the combination of  ...

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Interview: Alice Gillham – Build It And They Will Come, Or Expectations Displaced

By BRUCE DENNILL   Composer and playwright Alice Gillham’s new musical Calling Me Home recently completed its first run – a brief installation at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, where it met with mixed reviews. The piece was initially something Gillham was asked to put together ...

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Book Reviews: Forgotten And Abandoned, But It’s Not All Curtains

By BRUCE DENNILL   Forgotten Heritage by Matthew Emmett                              5.5 Abandoned Asylums by Matt Van der Velde                        6.5 After The Final Curtain by Matt Lambros                       ...

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Interview: Alice Gillham – Build It And They Will Come, Or Expectations Displaced0

Interview: Alice Gillham – Build It And They Will Come, Or Expectations Displaced

By BRUCE DENNILL   Composer and playwright Alice Gillham’s new musical Calling Me Home recently completed its first run – a brief installation at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, where it met with mixed reviews. The piece was initially ...

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Opinion: Good, Better, Blogger0

Opinion: Good, Better, Blogger

By BRUCE DENNILL   Blogger. It’s a term that’s almost spat out, like a condition you might catch if you discuss it for too long. As media platforms go, blogs are often classed somewhere between penis enlargement flyers pasted ...

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Film: King Of Imagination, Or Towering Creativity0

Film: King Of Imagination, Or Towering Creativity

In a career spanning 50 years and over 80 books, Stephen King has amassed a towering reputation as one of our greatest storytellers. The author of innumerable bestsellers, he has been honoured by the President of the ...

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  • 1 – Never Darken This Portal Again
  • 2 – Very Nearly Offensively Bad
  • 3 – Nobody Thought This Through
  • 4 – Poor
  • 5 – Not Bad, But Ok
  • 6 – Good
  • 7 – Very Good
  • 8 – One Of The Best This Year
  • 9 – I Was Moved; I May Have Cried
  • 10 – Pretty Much Perfect
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Newcomers: UNESCO World Heritage Sites0

Newcomers: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee recently inscribed eight new sites on their List: one transnational site (in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and others in Canada, Chad, China, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Sudan. The newly inscribed natural sites are: Hubei Shennongjia (China)—Located in Hubei ...

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Review: Dewar’s 120

Review: Dewar’s 12

By STEFAN VOS   I initially toyed with the idea of doing this review as a sip-by-sip commentary, the enjoyment of a bottle of Scotch whisky (sticklers note: no ‘e’) in real time. As I envisioned how this ...

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Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age0

Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has been working feverishly up to the forthcoming celebration of the centenary of the famous Sir Edwin Lutyens building, the grand custom-built housing for the original Foundation Collection at JAG. JAG’s dedicated staff, led by chief curator Antoinette Murdoch, has pulled out

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Of Pages And Promise, Or From Ripping To Reading0

Of Pages And Promise, Or From Ripping To Reading

By BRUCE DENNILL   Broken Monsters Charity Art Show / Nando’s Central Kitchen, Lorentzville, Johannesburg   It’s a simple, heartfelt formula, mixing fame, literature, talent and fine art to

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Returning Reptiles, Or Jy Wouw Mos0

Returning Reptiles, Or Jy Wouw Mos

A previously unseen sculpture of two lizards by Dutch sculptor Anton van Wouw (below) surfaced for auction at Russell Kaplan Auctioneers in Johannesburg earlier this

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