Hope During Struggles, Or Drawing A Circle Around Smuts

By BRUCE DENNILL   Jimfish by Christopher Hope                                                           8 Jan Smuts: Unafraid Of Greatness by Richard Steyn ...


High Standards, Or Musicals Spectacularly Staged

By BRUCE DENNILL   Josh Groban: Stages – Live   Albums of standards tend to be, well, standard. Songs that are loved by millions are also heard by millions, thus exponentially expanding the pool of potential “this version isn’t as good as that one” critics. Josh Groban has ...


Pan-Audience Entertainment, Or By Hook, Not Crook

By BRUCE DENNILL   Disney’s Peter Pan Jr / Directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith / People’s Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   Versions of this story have been presented on stage for around a century now, so there is no chance that audiences will not be familiar ...


Paul’s Faith In Snow, Or Courage For The Trail

By BRUCE DENNILL   Summer Snow / Directed by Jeremy & Kendra White / PG       7   Finding Faith / Directed by Justin Rossbacher / 13V                  7   My Name Is Paul / Directed by Trey Ore / 13V     ...


Canaan Bananas, Or Prints Of Egypt

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / Directed by Paul Warwick Griffin / Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   After Act 1 of this compact new production of the more enjoyable, slightly less irreverent of Webber and Rice’s Biblical musicals, it’s possible to deduce ...


Mulligan Starts Over, Or Don't Shoot The Messenger0

Mulligan Starts Over, Or Don’t Shoot The Messenger

By BRUCE DENNILL   We Are Messengers frontman (and proud Irishman; his brogue is so rich it takes up extra bandwidth on the intercontinental interview call) Darren Mulligan, now resident in Nashville getting on with the business of ...

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Fantastic Mr Foxes, Or Of Leicester And Longinquity0

Fantastic Mr Foxes, Or Of Leicester And Longinquity

By BEN WRIGHT   In the late 1970s, my uncle wanted to go to Filbert St. My Grandmother said no. Like the stadiums of many a middling football club at the time, the home of Leicester City could be ...

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Extract from Death By Carbs by Paige Nick0

Extract from Death By Carbs by Paige Nick

The Co-Authors Wednesday 8:17am ‘Hey man, Marco, did you hear?’ ‘Shaun? What?’ ‘Are you sitting down?’ ‘No, I’m at the restaurant prepping bok choy. What is it?’ ‘It’s Noakes. You should probably sit down.’ ‘You’re freaking me out. What’s going on, Shaun?’ ‘You haven’t ...

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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


Tea And Sympathy (For Bears), Or To Coin A Phase0

Tea And Sympathy (For Bears), Or To Coin A Phase

By BRUCE DENNILL   The hotel we’re in for the junket is lovely. But it’s miles from anywhere, a round of golf costs five hundred million dirham and there’s only so much of the course you can walk ...

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Crossing To Jordan, Or Heart And Hobnobbing0

Crossing To Jordan, Or Heart And Hobnobbing

By BRUCE DENNILL   There’s a quote from the Stellenbosch at Summer Place press release that reads: “Our chefs and winemakers work the floor for guests to hobnob with them”. How big a role do people skills play in ...

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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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Stars Of The Stage0

Stars Of The Stage

The winners of the Naledi Theatre Awards were announced on 19 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. For the first time in the awards’ 12-year

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A Special Tribute: Chris Van Wyk - In His Own Words0

A Special Tribute: Chris Van Wyk – In His Own Words

Chris van Wyk (1957-2014) arrived on the literary scene at the age of 22 with It Is Time To Go Home, a startlingly accomplished collection

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