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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BALD IS THE NEW SEXY



(Koobeshen Naidoo, Henry Ramkissoon & Melvyn Davids)

This Winter Vacation be prepared to laugh your socks off as the ever popular Dingalings return to the Sibaya iZulu Theatre back by public demand with their Bald Is The New Sexy. With exams behind us and the midst of winter chills upon us, the Dingalings promise to warm up your holiday with this hilarious show.

Directed by comedy heavyweight Yugan Naidoo, the show has it all - laugh a minute comedy with KZN's most popular comedians: the hilarious and super talented performers Henry Ramkissoon, Melvyn Davids and Koobeshen Naidoo recently seen as Elvis Kundasamy in popular block buster Keeping Up with the Kundasamys.

The show takes a hilarious look at the current state of affairs in South Africa and covers all the topics audiences love to hate. The performance takes a comic look at three wise men looking for answers on whether bigger, balder and older is sexier. They cover an entire gambit of relationships with parents , price increases, getting older, spouses, in laws, girlfriends, politicians and the ever challenging world of parenting in a modern society .

Naidoo has scripted this piece with the usual off the wall comedy pushing boundaries with his clever innuendos that promise to keep audiences entertained for the entire two hours .

Bald Is The New Sexy has performances on July 7and 8 at 20h00 and July 9 at 17h00. The show carries a strictly 16 age restriction. Booking is through Computicket at Checkers Shoprite stores, online or Sibaya Casino box office.

For more information email dingalingsproductions@gmail.com

Dingalings are offering all block bookings and corporate booking tickets at a discounted rate .so make your mid-year break count and treat your work colleagues and your company to a stress relieving adults-only show at a really super low price. Call booking agent Kay for corporate bookings and block bookings only on 073 793 9969.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY ON ICE



When Disney On Ice’s newest show entitled The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice plays South Africa this winter holiday, audiences will be delighted to see local husband and wife performers, Johannesburg-born Konrad Giering and Pretoria-born Yolande Giering, skating within the company. The production comes to the ICC Arena in Durban from July 13 to 19.

This young and highly talented couple have known each other since they were five years old and are excited to return to South Africa to skate in front of local audiences as well as their family and friends for the first time. Both Konrad and Yolande are proud to represent their country as part of the Disney On Ice family, and aside from the excitement of performing at home, they are pleased their fellow skaters will have the chance to experience Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town firsthand.

Also an accomplished dancer, Yolande began skating at the age of seven years old and went on to achieve her Gold level test, Level 6 Skating Skills and Level 1 Coaching Test. Becoming a skater came about by accident when taking medical advice to correct a problem with her feet, but she enjoyed it so much, she made it her career! She encourages young skaters hoping to pursue a career in professional figure skating to follow their dreams. “It is possible and so much fun. Work hard on your performance skills, that’s most important.”

Yolande joined Disney On Ice in 2009 and has performed in the USA, Canada and Asia. She says the best part of performing is seeing a full crowd enjoying a show. As well as being an avid watersport enthusiast, She does yoga every other day and also runs.

Konrad started ice skating at just four years old and held the title of SA National Junior Champion from 2000-2004 and then again in 2007. Training at the Gauteng North Club in Pretoria, he then went on to represent the country at international competitions, including Four Continents and Junior Worlds. This “rugby mad” and qualified Fine Dining Chef who loves a good “braai” and spending time gardening, grew up in Benoni. He explores his love of food by trying out new dishes when touring with Disney On Ice. Like Yolande, Konrad joined Disney On Ice in 2009 and he has since performed across every continent except Europe.

Along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, soon Yolande and Konrad will take to the ice with beloved characters from Disney’s Frozen and Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory and Toy Story. Plus for the first time in South Africa, Disney’s Tangled will debut on the frozen stage. More exciting news is the return of Simba, Timon and Pumbaa from Disney’s The Lion King.

Presented by Feld Entertainment Inc. and leading local promoter, Showtime Management in association with DSTV, The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice is the ultimate family holiday show.

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice runs at the ICC Arena in Durban from July 13 to 19. Take advantage of the special discounted savings on family tickets valid for bookings of four, five or six tickets in specific priced ticket categories valid for specific midweek and weekend performances. Hurry, tickets are selling fast. Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre. To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to www.disneyonice.co.za or visit on Facebook and YouTube.

GRAHAMSTOWN IN FESTIVAL MODE



(A scene from “The-Gruffalo”. Pic by Nardus-Engelbrecht)

Grahamstown is being draped in red, white and blue as it prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to this year’s National Arts Festival, which runs from June 29 to July 9.

This is the 43rd instalment of the annual event, billed as Africa’s biggest and boldest celebration of the arts. Showcasing more than 700 shows, the programme features theatre, dance, music, visual and performance arts, film, illusion, cabaret and more. This year’s comedy is particularly strong, with the biggest names in South African comedy performing alongside visiting talents such as UK comedians Stephen K Amos and Louise Reay.

“We are ready! Put down what you are doing and come to the National Arts Festival,” says National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester. “In times like these the need to reflect, revitalize, engage and reimagine is critical. It will all unfold at the Festival this year.”

Last year, an audience survey showed that 99% of Festival goers would recommend the experience to others. “So take it from them, not me – it’s 11 days of amazing,” says Lankester.

Jazz will be celebrated with a sensational programme of South African greats – including Judith Sephuma, Afrika Mkhize and Zenzi Makeba Lee, Kyle Shephard, and Benjamin Jephta –collaborating with international legends such as Andy Narell (USA) and the James Morrison Quartet (Australia) for the 20th anniversary edition of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.

Families will be happily entertained with a full programme of fun that includes children: Festival favourites include Rat Race, James And The Giant Peach and Granny Susan Incredible. After successful runs in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Grahamstown’s production of The Gruffalo is set to run for the full 11 days of the Festival. Free performances of When Lion Had Wings and other child-friendly activities are events to look forward to. Parents can enrol their children (ages 4-13) into the Children’s Arts Festival, hosted by St Andrew’s Prep school.

Think!Fest, a series of lectures, workshops and seminars, will include a spotlight on children to mark the 100th anniversary of Child Welfare in Grahamstown. The daily programme draws in a mix of high emotion and cerebral ruminations with speakers and audiences unpacking topical issues such as fake news (with Verashni Pillay), climate change, the “lost art of listening”, land acquisition and redistribution as well as focus on collaboration and growing the arts industry. In a jam-packed programme, there’s something to meet every interest, including the launch of the latest Short, Sharp Stories collection Trade Secrets.

Dr Pemmy Majodina, the Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, says of the National Arts Festival: “It is an event we guard and value. And it has a role beyond what happens on its stages. It is a cornerstone of our province’s economy, contributing R 377-million annually to our GDP. That translates into jobs, tourist spend, visitors buying the work of our crafters … A myriad activities that help our people enhance their lives. It is an example of how the arts can play a meaningful role in the reconstruction of our economy and country.”

Research* commissioned by the National Arts Festival and South African Cultural Observatory revealed that the global attendance (the number of times performances and exhibitions were seen) at the 2016 National Arts Festival was 225,634 and that the average number of shows seen by a visitor was 10 (over and above free performances). Visitors stayed at the Festival for an average of six days.

(*The Social Cultural and Economic Impact of the 2016 National Arts Festival by J. Snowball and G. Antrobus.)

The National Arts Festival is grateful to: the Department of Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and the Office of the Premier, and Standard Bank of South Africa. Media partners include MNET and City Press.

(To link direct to the NAF site click on the large banner that runs across the top of this blog

THE LAST KING OF KAKFONTEIN



The Last King of Kakfontein is directed and choreographed by Boyzie Cekwana with a dynamic team that includes Madala Kunene (guitar), Mandisa Nzama and Lungile Cekwana with Hlengiwe Lushaba and Sello Pesa on Dramaturgy.

A few thousand kilometres south of the Tropic of Capricorn, deep in the long, dark shadows cast by the blinding flare of a newly crowned orange hair-ball blowing blood in the wind, a decrepit king wearing a shower-head for a crown laments the ruined remains of his once glorious fiefdom. Imbued with cities of gold and mountains of diamonds, his kingdom, once the envy of some, has now been reduced to nothing more than a kleptocratic kakistocracy. The fingerprint of his gluttonous rule has left only ghosts and skeletons itching to spill out of the turbulent closets straining hard to keep a lid on. Yet the rot and stench of the feast of lies can no longer live up to their pact to stay mute.

As the staggering dearth of ideas swirls up to the murky surface, where left becomes right and right becomes dangerous, innocence wears a deathly frock. The age-old popularity contest has won the argument. Like two junkies with a loaded gun, the fictions of legitimacy and truth collide like drunken dust devils in a brutal dance for the brightest spotlight. Shadows of paper monsters, vocal incantations of obsolete songs, stolen poems of Mqhayi and dancing bodies on rubber tyres leave traces on grey walls.

The Last King of Kakfontein lasts 60 minutes and will be presented at the Diakonia Centre in the Dennis Hurley Hall on June 30 and July 1 at 19h00. Tickets R80 at the door.

Monday, June 26, 2017

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7!



Emmy®- and Golden Globe-Winning HBO Series Game of Thrones season 7 will air on July 17.

The show’s traditional April premiere was pushed to the US summer by HBO. Production took place in Northern Ireland, while additional portions were filmed in Spain (Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo) and Iceland. Season 7 directors are Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.

Last year Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. The nominations received at last year’s ceremony include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).

The executive producers of Game of Thrones are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

Game of Thrones season 7 starts on M-Net 101 on July 17, 2017, at 03h00 (Express from the US) and 21h30 (Prime Time).

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