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OMG Quiz Night at the Alexander Bar
23 Nov 17
I'm not a fount of general knowledge. In fact, for a well-travelled lawyer, I'm usually quite embarrassed by my lack of it. I recall attending a quiz night or two when working in Rwanda which was full of smart over-achieving ex-pats. Our team won, but I was relieved to answer just one question all night. So it was with a vague sense of impending doom that I made my way to the Alexander Bar for its weekly OMG Quiz Night yesterday.
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The Fall
19 Jun 17
Having missed the original production of the ‘The Fall’ which won the 2017 Fleur du Cap Special Encore Award, I was delighted it was returning for a short run at the Baxter. The play is a consideration of the recent student protests which ululated across South Africa in 2015 and 2016.
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The Book Detectives
14 Jun 17
I never tend to read the rubric too thoroughly for a show I’m reviewing, as I prefer to be surprised.
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Bryan Miles: Live
14 Jun 17
The Alexander Bar is a beautifully intimate theatre which is absolutely perfect for a spot of magic. Magic? Who doesn’t like it?
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Suddenly The Storm
13 Jun 17
The atmosphere in the Baxter's Flipside Theatre was bristling with anticipation on Friday night for the opening of Paul Slabolepszy's "Suddenly the Storm", in which he also stars. Directed by fellow-theatre stalwart Bobby Heaney, the play scooped three Naledi awards for Best New South African Script, Best Theatre Set Design, and Best Lighting Design. As there are no scene changes, we'd plenty of time to take in the incredibly detailed stage set deftly created by Greg King. Suddenly, in burst Dwayne (Slabolepszky), clutching a baseball bat.
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The Eulogists
06 Jun 17
If I had to choose a favourite theatre in Cape Town, it would likely be the Fugard. Intimate, yet not too small, the standard of acting in every cast is excellent without exception. Last night I went to watch the world premiere of Louis Viljoens The Eulogists, and it did not disappoint.
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StarDust Theatrical Dining
31 May 17
I had only recently heard about StarDust Theatrical Dining in Woodstock, but apparently it’s an institution. Operating for ten years, it’s still going strong. Shortly after arrival, we were informed that every waiter would be performing for us.
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Franschhoek Literary Festival
29 May 17
Id never been to Franschhoek, and Id never been to a literary festival so I was delighted to be able to kill two birds with one stone last weekend.
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The Play that Goes Wrong
13 May 17
Prior to yesterday, Id never previously been to the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay. Its a beautiful space, with a lovely bar and a cozy theatre. Despite it being a Monday night, I was surprised to find the theatre completely packed.
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A Contemporary Evening
08 May 17
On Sunday, a screening of The Bolshoi Ballet in action took place as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season. It felt rather odd attending an event called A Contemporary Evening at 11:00am. However, whilst the theatre was by no means full, there was a bigger turn-out than I had expected. I was slightly concerned that watching a film of ballet for two hours and forty minutes would be considerably less riveting than seeing it live. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
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