Q&A with Christiaan Olwagen I n between showings of his fast selling out adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, Cue managed to grab director and 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Christiaan Olwagen for a quick chat and a photoshoot. Olwagen made his name at Festival directing the self-described appropriation Woza Andries? in 2010. Read the Full Story
Phiri on demand Three days ago, while reaching for a suitcase to pack for his Grahamstown trip, Ray Phiri, the grand old man of mbaqanga music, falls off a chair and breaks three ribs. Read the Full Story
King Tha wows, and then some Kimon de Greef Cue specialist writer took over the Monument on Saturday night and knocked this festival’s lights out. What a show! From before she walked on (fifteen minutes late, but quite honestly who cares) people were on their feet. Many remained that way for the entire performance. Afterwards she emerged from the wings. Fans mobbed her for hugs and photographs. She was weeping; they were weeping. And then, just moments later, she was gone. Read the Full Story
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Speculative monuments

Speculative monuments

There’s probably going to be a lot of empty plinths in South Africa’s major centres soon – well, if this country’s self-styled landscape decolonisers get their way. The problem is: all those statues...

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What’s the deal with Dr Stef?

What’s the deal with Dr Stef?

Throughout this festival I've been hearing people rant and rave about Dr Stef and his hypnosis show. Comments have been wide-ranging, from "absolute farce" to "absolutely amazing", so  I decided to get...

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Is white guilt still relevant?

Is white guilt still relevant?

Just in case my isiXhosa middle name may have distracted you: yes, this is another column by another white guy with another original take on white privilege. Once again, another one of us would like...

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Q&A with Christiaan Olwagen

Q&A with Christiaan Olwagen

I n between showings of his fast selling out adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, Cue managed to grab director and 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Christiaan Olwagen for a...

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A measured balance

A measured balance

The National Arts Festival pretty much reflects the theatre scene as a whole. There is still not enough black theatre, and there are not enough black audience members. It’s largely a matter of economics...

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Paton resurrected

Paton resurrected

Decades ago, when I was a first-year student at Rhodes, I met Alan Paton. He was fulfilling one of his many speaking commitments; this was rather bizarrely combined with an inter-house debate, in which...

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Steady like a heartbeat

Steady like a heartbeat

As I look back on this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival, I realise how much music I missed. But I had some great highs: Lionel Loueke’s exciting collaboration with four SA artists, whom he praised...

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Mi Casa dishes out the surprises

Mi Casa dishes out the surprises

The men of Mi Casa wear stylish shoes and, happily, their performance to a packed Guy Butler Theatre on Friday matched their flashy footwear.

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Q&A: Getting to know Thandiswa Mazwai

Q&A: Getting to know Thandiswa Mazwai

Cue reporters Lesedi Ntuli and Thandi Bombi spoke to Thandiswa Mazwai ahead of her performance in the Guy Butler Theatre at the National Arts Festival on 11 July 2015.

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Dance

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The roller coaster called dance

The roller coaster called dance

Dance at this year’s Festival seemed exceptionally introspective: from taking a long, refreshing drink of itself, to explorations of contemporary South African identities in all their guises, it has...

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A protest within a protest

A protest within a protest

Choreographed by Kieron Jina, #ToyiToyi is a dramatic dance performance that raises serious questions about the politics of the Rainbow Nation. The work, presented by the University of Johannesburg,...

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Sinister dancing in the night

Sinister dancing in the night

Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) this year presents two works, Ngizwise and Man Longing, in a double bill that both delights and strikes terror in the hearts of its audience.

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Visual arts wrap

Visual arts wrap

However you look at it, 2015 has been a curious year so far. Not long after the Red Berets staged their version of Karate Kid in Parliament, an understudy to political activist Andile Lili splashed poo...

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A violent past speaks to the present

A violent past speaks to the present

“I like leaving things open-ended,” says Monique Pelser, as she stands in the centre of her art exhibition, Conversations with my Father. “Very layered but intentionally framed so that everybody...

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Cape Mongo: the tragedy of now

Cape Mongo: the tragedy of now

Francois Knoetze’s ingenious Cape Mongo is a searing exploration of contemporary South Africa, offering a punch to the emotional solar plexus. I left it teary-eyed.  Inside a hall tucked off Church...

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SA film lacking

SA film lacking

In an opinion piece for Cue, Sihle Mthembu wrote that there was little attention given to recent South African cinema....

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Yours, mine or ours?

Yours, mine or ours?

Our Constitution is great. So fantastic, in fact, that I carry it around in my handbag. But constitutionality is not an African concept and yesterday’s Think!Fest screening of The Shore Break explored this...

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Film needs more attention at the Festival

Film needs more attention at the Festival

Film is not part of South Africa’s ongoing cultural conversation. This is evidenced by the fact that of the 48 films that will be screened at this year’s Festival, only four have been released within...

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