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Saturday, January 17, 2015


(Iain “EWOK” Robinson)

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) certainly pulled out all the stops when it came to inviting influential artists to take part in the celebratory 10th anniversary of their prestigious Musho!

Among these, and making his appearance at the Festival at the Catalina Theatre last night, was Durban’s remarkable and hugely talented spoken word artist, rapper, graffiti artist, activist and slam poet, Iain “EWOK” Robinson, a.k.a. Creamy Ewok Baggends.

Last seen giving a hilarious and gloriously camp performance as the evil magician, Abanazar, in Kickstart’s pantomime Aladdin, Robinson proved his versatility with his commanding and awe-inspiring appearance on the Catalina stage.

Robinson started performing his one-man spoken word productions as part of a Catalina Theatre initiative called the Blue Monday Platform in 2004.He also won the audience favourite award at the 2006 Musho! Festival. Back to Blue Monday is a compilation of his favourite works from that era as well as items from the new shows he is working on.

In his works Robinson uses biting satire as he digs deep into all the social ills which beset our country and the world today. He leaves no stone unturned as he exposes the injustices, inequalities and inequities prevalent in the world. His anger is apparent as he speaks on these subjects, but he also uses considerable humour, as well as cynicism and mockery, along with the satire, to get his messages across.

The titles of his poems speak for themselves. He performed, among others, Bullets for Babies, Smart Phones, That’s Joburg, I’m Waiting for the Day When Cigarettes Taste Good Again and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

All display an absolute mastery of the English language and exquisite use of words. They are also delivered with skill and authority.

I have long been a fan of Iain “Ewok” Robinson’s acting skills, but I am now also sold on his spoken word performances, and can’t wait to see him again.

Musho! runs until Sunday evening (January 18) offering a variety of one-off performances. For the full Musho! Festival programme visit

Tickets R50. (R30 students, OAP and PANSA members) booked via Computicket or by phoning 031 837 5999.

The Musho! Festival is presented by PANSA with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund as well as Ethekwini Municipality, the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, The Daily News, BASA, the Catalina Theatre and The Twist Theatre Development Projects.  – Keith Millar