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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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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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Your Shot Left holiday is only a Shell away
28 Apr 17
Sponsored: Make a purchase at Shell and you could be 1 of 10 customers to WIN a holiday to a top South African destination valued at R25 000 each.
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Lears Fool
12 Apr 17
It was a shame that the Alexander Bar Theatre was so empty last night, as Lears Fool, directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, was very well done. Its a one-man show featuring Jeroen Kranenburg, based on William Shakespeares King Lear, which I had the pleasure of studying at High School. Its a tragedy of the most tragic kind, and neither easy reading nor watching.
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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
11 Apr 17
To my shame, I hadnt previously seen either the Oscar-winning film on which the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is based, or indeed the iconic musical in the Londons West End when I lived there. All I knew was that it featured drag queens, had a cult following, and audience members commonly arrived in fancy dress.
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Single Minded
05 Apr 17
Apparently the comedy sketch show Single Minded, currently playing at the Alexander Bar, was preceded by a cult-hit by the same writer and director (Jon Keevy) called Dirty Words. Im told the humour is similar. Its a two person performance, and both Kiroshan Naidoo and Kathleen Stephens are superb.
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The Long Shots Improv Comedy
05 Apr 17
For four nights, The Long Shots will perform improvisation comedy at the Alexander Bar. The troupe consists of a couple of English guys, an American woman, and a bunch of Saffers whove performed together since 2011 (consisting of Tamith Hattingh, Pags Bantwana, Eva Gilliam, Mark Penwill, Andre Ballot, Justine Buekes, Steve Larter, and Rob Coutts). Its a big group for improv, but it works quite well although inevitably some of the performers gel better than others.
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Chapter 2 Section 9
07 Mar 17
Chapter 2 Section 9 premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2016, winning an Ovation Award. Racism is a common theme in South African theatre, the legacy of apartheid still raw and throbbing. However, this play looks at another aspect of hatred.
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Bad Jews
28 Dec 16
Bad Jews was a smash hit in the West End, and this production at the Fugard Theatre, directed by Greg Karvellas, is a must-see. The play contemplates culture, religion, legacy and the meaning of life and love but with a comic tint.
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Gibsons has a new home
31 Mar 16
A new lease of life has been given to the well known and much loved burger and ribs joint Gibsons.
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