Wilhelm Disbergen on lighting, set and theatre design

Wilhelm Disbergen on lighting, set and theatre design

Quite obviously, theatre cannot happen without the magic that goes on behind the scenes. The writers, directors, costume designers, make up artists, set designers. These are people who often go without credit and yet without them there’d be no theatre. I’ve long been fascinated by theatre lighting and when I got the opportunity (through Bronwen from B Sharp Entertainment) to chat to Wilhelm Disbergen, the Managing Director of Yellow Bunny Productions NPC, ahead of Impact No 1 on at Joburg Theatre from 18 – 21 August, I keenly grabbed the chance. As per…

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Uga Carlini (Alison: The Movie) on the spot!

Uga Carlini (Alison: The Movie) on the spot!

The story of the brutal attack on Alison Botha is one that must never be forgotten.  In 1994, she survived being kidnapped at knife-point, taken to bushes outside of the city, and raped and stabbed by two men more than 36 times. The film depicts the events of the night as well as the impact the events have had on her life through the years. I was first reminded of the story when I saw the play “I Have Life: Alison’s Story, 20 Years On,” after which I interviewed Suanne…

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A chat with Tracey-Lee Oliver of Supreme Divas

A chat with Tracey-Lee Oliver of Supreme Divas

I love going along to the Bluberry Entertainment Studios (where Kurt Herman and Tima Reece have their base). It’s a place of calm and of discipline, and you just know magic is happening there, including the wonderful Lions anthem which Kurt wrote and performs in.  Magic was happening there on the day I went through too, as it was the first day of rehearsal for SUPREME DIVAS! If anyone can produce an event with big songs, these guys can. Taking centre stage will be the insanely talented vocalists Tia Herman,…

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Gone Fishkin with Mike Fishkin and iDobi!

Gone Fishkin with Mike Fishkin and iDobi!

I was so excited to get a request from Rebecca Kovach to interview Mike Fishkin, a young man who hosts a radio show Gone Fishkin on Idobi Network. As an intro, idobi Radio (idobi.com) is a modern rock Internet radio station focusing on new pop punk, alternative music and power pop music. The station broadcasts over the internet via its website, iTunes and SHOUTcast. idobi connects listeners with artists through interviews and up-to-date music industry news, and by giving popular artists their own radio shows. The stream has an excellent…

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Branden & James at Feast!

Branden & James at Feast!

You start a pop culture website, you’re asked to interview someone in 2014 and you do a bit of research and go to the interview, and you come away a fan, for life. That’s what happened to me when I met Branden James (tenor, America’s Got Talent finalist) for the first time.  That’s all well and good, and you follow his career since then, and cement the fandonship, and then … the opportunity comes along to chat to him AGAIN … you go along and act like a gibbering 13…

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Feast – eat good and do good!

Feast – eat good and do good!

When America’s Got Talent finalist Branden James contacted me to let me know about an event he  and his partner James Clark would be involved in in my country, South Africa, I was immediately taken by the Feast organisation and their aims.  From their website: Feast hosts regular events where lovers of the culinary arts gather to explore new restaurants, incredible wine, and to celebrate life. But the events are more than just a celebration of food and wine, they are a for a good cause. The money we raise through these…

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Daniel and Bongi talk Saturday Night Fever and more!

Daniel and Bongi talk Saturday Night Fever and more!

Saturday Night Fever is going to be on at the State Theatre in Pretoria from 13 September to 9 October. It features a high calibre cast and I had the honour of chatting to Daniel Buys  (Tony Manero) and Bongi Mthombeni (Monty). Neither of these young entertainers need any introduction to the South African public: you know each of them from successful times in Idols – Bongi from 2010 where he made it to the top 8, and Daniel was a finalist in 2007. They’ve been in many other productions,…

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Shrek The Musical at the Lyric

Shrek The Musical at the Lyric

We’ve all seen and loved Shrek the movie. Now it’s time to see and love Shrek the Musical! Taking your child to see this is a great way to introduce him or her to theatre and nurture a lifelong love of the arts – or to reinforce the love you’ve already introduced! This is the ideal answer to the dreaded “I’m bored, what can I do?” question parents get during school holidays. And if you don’t have a child, just go and see it for yourself. It’s not only for…

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Rick Astley 50

Rick Astley 50

Rick Astley fans have been waiting a long time for this album. We’ve had other albums in between this and the first heady, brilliant pieces we got in the late 80s / early 90s, but THIS is the one we knew would come if we waited. We knew Rick had this in him, and that it was only gonna take some time for him to get it out. Back in the early days, most of us fans were just teenagers, although there’s a whole host of newer generation fans now too. With the…

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Forever Jackson to warm up winter in Joburg

Forever Jackson to warm up winter in Joburg

I don’t often get to indulge my love of 80s music chatting to the impersonators of one of the stars who made the 80s great! So it was an incredible amount of fun to sit with Robin Parsons who does just that and chat Michael Jackson, the 80s and so much more! Forever Jackson is playing at Joburg Theatre until 19 June and I can think of no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than an indulgent show like this, so get your tickets and take your dad along. Start…

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