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More first-class silliness from the Trolley Dollies

There are a lot of extras on the latest flight of fantasy from the Trolley Dollies – new cast members, some very impressively choreographed, well-rehearsed dance numbers, even eyewear from Oculus  – but Three Blind Mice is also the classic, trashy, first-class fun we have come to expect from the rudest and brassiest of broads, …

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Smart townships: The key to a thriving South African economy … put on hold

A ground-breaking South African project to position South Africa’s townships as the Smart Megacities of the Global South is on hold while new funding is sought. It makes me want to weep … Under the leadership of Emma Kaye, the Cape Digital Foundation’s project, which started as a local government initiative to increase the uptake …

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Satori: a sudden enlightenment

Cape Town City Ballet’s appropriately (and rather deliciously) titled Satori certainly felt like enlightenment, if not so sudden. We have been watching this incredible transformation for a while. It is a delight to see Debbie Turner and her team breathing of new life into this fabulous ‘old’ ballet company. Satori, a trilogy of works – …

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It is my story … and it is yours, dammit!

The fact that we are still watching plays like Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act, which is showing at the Fugard, is evidence of how short a distance we have travelled in a reasonably long time. Even if this new production of Athol Fugard’s powerful show, is my story, our story – whites …

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A feast of small tastes of life in parallel realities

shnit film festival: a feast of delicious tastes of parallel realities

Cadbury ‘donates’ words so elderly don’t suffer in silence

As 10X Investments’ new Retirement Reality Report (RRR19) issued South Africa with a rather bitter warning about the country’s looming retirement crisis, there is sweeter news for the elderly in Britain, where a charity has teamed up with a chocolate maker to tackle an epidemic of loneliness among the aged.  Cadbury Dairy Milk has launched …

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There is more than one fairytale in dazzling new Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is an enduring and wonderful story, but the real fairytale in Cape Town City Ballet’s new production on Saturday August 17 was to see the extraordinarily talented Precious Adams dancing in her own ‘skin’. Adams, of the English National Ballet, is a black dancer who wears tights and shoes that match her natural …

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Will your retirement savings last as long as you do?

For some people moving into retirement means that all their concerns disappear as if by magic; for the rest of us there is a great new downloadable e-book from 10X Investments: How to make your retirement savings last. The e-book is designed to help South Africans decide what to do with their retirement fund savings. …

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The musical gets remixed and rebooted

Review: Kinky Boots, at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, until October 27 Even the most curmudgeonly of curmudgeons will find it hard not to be cheered by this lovely show. Haters of the musical format, too, will be forced to crack a smile at how the cheesy formula of a preachy but ultimately uplifting …

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A good first half for the JSE … who knew?!

A good first half for the JSE ... who knew?! Watch this video for more info.

Cape Town gets a taste of the feast of ballet that awaits

Opening her first season as chief executive the Cape Town City Ballet, Debbie Turner gives us a taste of what is to come. We get flavours of a very wide repertoire and hints of what her appointment will mean for theatre lovers in Cape Town. The triple bill, showing at Artscape Opera House from June …

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One-man show cracks head, then heart, wide open

Review: Kafka’s Ape, Alexander Bar until June 22, after that at National Arts Festival in Makhanda, formerly known as Grahamstown Adapted and directed by Phala O. Phala; original design by Liesel N. Retief Performed by Tony Bonani Miyambo If Tony Miyambo’s performance in Kafka’s Ape wasn’t so riveting the goings on on-stage would quickly have …

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