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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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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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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Queen Magic in Johannesburg

Queen Magic in Johannesburg

Currently on at The Joburg Theatre is Showtime Management’s ‘Queen – It’s a Kind of Magic’  We had the pleasure of speaking to Giles Taylor who portrays Freddie Mercury and the show’s tour manager Ben Hopper who sat with us to discuss how they manage to keep the Queen magic alive.  Welcome to South Africa. The show has toured NZ, Australia, Singapore, Canada. How long has the show been going? With this particular cast it has been going give or take two years.  We’ve only had a couple of weeks…

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Private Presley – a private chat with Henk Opperman

Private Presley – a private chat with Henk Opperman

  Henk Opperman (who dances the role of Elvis Presley in Bovim Ballet’s Private Presley – A Salute To the King currently on at the Mandela at Joburg Theatre) is a enthusiastic up and coming young man who is incredibly fun to sit and chat to, and MORE fun to watch dancing! My friend Alison (who took these gorgeous photos, unless otherwise stated) and I sat with him and Collett Dawson from The Colab Network to talk about Private Presley,  Queen, and many other things besides! The first thing I thought…

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Burn The Floor

Burn The Floor

  Some of you may have noticed that we had a big site issue and the site was down for a good few days. But the good news is we are back (though some posts and pictures are still missing and will be added soon) and can now publish this review on Burn The Floor! You only have one day left to see it in Joburg – so get to it! Burn The Floor – “Fire in the Ballroom” will run on the Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein for a limited season…

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Backstage At Sister Act

Backstage At Sister Act

Watching Janice Honeyman and the rest of the team behind the newest production of Sister Act rehearse behind the scenes prior to the commencement of the show is something that I will never forget. I’m used to seeing the shows – having the golden thread tweaked by the stars of the shows. So are, I would imagine, most of the arts supporting public. But after watching the Sister Act rehearsals, I realised  how little I actually knew. I’ve been to Joburg Theatre countless times. I’ve been there when I was a…

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Elvis The Show – Nathan Belt

Elvis The Show – Nathan Belt

Nathan Belt is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician who has performed across the globe, through out the United States to Europe, Asia and South Africa, honing his own mix of rockabilly, traditional country and the modern sounds of today.  He is also well known as a definitive Elvis Presley impersonator.  I think a good impersonation of someone as well known as Elvis is an art on its own. As the performer, you don’t only have to deliver a good performance. You also have to be believable as that…

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Peter Pan – The Pantomime (Janice Honeyman)

Peter Pan – The Pantomime (Janice Honeyman)

BERNARD JAY FOR JOBURG THEATRE PRESENTS:  Craig Urbani and Bongi Mthombeni in PETER PAN – THE PANTOMIME Lighting Designer – Graham McClusky Musical Director – Roelof ColynSound Designer – Trevor PetersCostume Coordinator – Bronwen LovegroveChoreographer – Timothy le RouxAssociate Choreographer – Shelley AdriaanzenExecutive Producer – Bernard JayAssociate Producers Simon James and Claire PacarizWritten and directed by – Janice HoneymanPublicist – Collett DawsonUp the curtain, dim the lights, shush the audience and up the music – the Panto has begun and we’re On The Streets of London Town!  That’s how it was when…

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