What's On in Gauteng - September 15 to 23Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: The SA Tattoo packed more than 20 thousand people into its virtually sold-out performances last week – a spectacular affair.
It’s over now, but the MTN Festival continues at Montecasino into October. This weekend Johnny Clegg is performing at the Teatro – and extra show has been added this afternoon at 5pm - and on Thursday Kat & the Kings starts to preview, opening officially in Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre on September 30.
This award-winning musical, created by David Kramer and Taliep Peterson, and directed by David Kramer, has just completed a four-month season in Cape Town, where it was extended three times. It is set in District 6 in the 1950s and follows the fortunes of Kat Diamond and his a cappella group, the Cavalla Kings.
Also part of the festival, the comedy show Bafunny Bafunny is in the Teatro from Wednesday to Sunday and comedian Marc Lottering is performing in the Studio.
At the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, Deep Fried Man is performing his one-man comedy show White Whine from Wednesday. It’s his satirical take on what it’s like to be a white person in South Africa – earning him applause, accolades and complaints. But then white South Africans are good at complaining …
The Arts Alive Festival is officially over, but the show Hayani, which was washed out of the Market Laboratory in the rains, is at the Wits Theatre tonight.
Shared History – The Indian Experience is still on the go with the theatre piece Nothing Like Lear, based on Shakespeare’s King Lear through the eyes of a clown, at Globe Theatre tonight and the Rendevous at the State Theatre tomorrow. The Indian violin virtuoso, Dr Subramaniam, is at the Lyric at Gold Reef City tomorrow at 5pm. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, regarded as one of the ten topdance companies of the world, is at the Dance Factory on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Next up in the THATSOGAY Festival at the Con Cowan Theatre at the University of Johannesburg is The Boy Who Fell from the Roof. The cult musical Little Shop of Horrors is running at the UJ Arts Centre all week. On Sunday at noon the nine ensembles of the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company are performing their annual Spring Concert as a picnic on the lawns outside the Arts Centre.
At the Market Theatre the drama Delirium is in its last week, but Athol Fugard’s The Blue Iris is on into October.
At the Joburg Theatre, the newly-formed South African Mzansi Ballet Theatre is performing The Nutcracker on the main stage all week.
More dance at Wits in Carrying the Fire, choreographed by Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance 2012, Bailey Snyman, from Tuesday to the end of next week.
For the children there’s a new SA musical, Goggas, at the National Children’s Theatre into October and Peter Rabbit and Other Tales is on at the People’s Theatre.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za