Mortimer Williams gives us The Full Morty

Mortimer Williams gives us The Full Morty

After sold-out performances around the country and a highly successful season in Joburg last August, Mortimer Williams returns to the Jozi stage in The Full Morty at The Fringe at Joburg Theatre until Sunday 5 June. Stand up comedy meets cabaret in this hilarious show as Morty takes us through stories and songs that demonstrate just what it is that makes the SA male tick… with a few surprises along the way! Morty is the perfect combination of talent, charisma and devilish naughtiness to provide the perfect evening of entertainment for guys and girls of all ages. The Full Morty runs…

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Battle of Da Sexes – Bollywood Producer chats!

Battle of Da Sexes – Bollywood Producer chats!

AGP World Presents Vir Das in comedy act ‘Battle Of Da Sexes’  The Playhouse, Opera Theatre: 4 & 5 June 2016 Acclaimed stand-up comedian-turned-big-screen actor and Bollywood Star, Vir Das, brings the international smash-hit comedy, Battle of DaSexes, to South Africa for a two weekend run: in Johannesburg’s Montecasino on 27, 28 & 29 May and then Durban’s Playhouse on 4 & 5 June. Vir Das, who is equally comfortable working on TV, film, theatre and live-comedy, says “Battle of DaSexes is an insightful, fun and laugh-out-loud comedy-drama all about the…

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Tima Reece and Kurt Herman – Always and Forever

Tima Reece and Kurt Herman – Always and Forever

I always enjoy it so much when I meet entertainers with the passion and energy of Tima Reece (also known as Tia Herman) and Kurt Herman who will be performing with Timothy Moloi on 31 March to 3 April at Joburg Theatre in Always and Forever – a Tribute to Luther Vandross. Immediately as I walked into their studio in Bryanston I was struck by their dedication and professionalism in their approach to their work, which makes them perfect to perform alongside Timothy. They have both had long careers in…

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Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

To interview Jarrod Aston was a bucket list item for me. I’ve been a fan of Cinema (the band of which he was the lead singer from 1987 into the mid 90s) since 1987. I can recall (surreptitiously, probably) listening to David Gresham’s hit parade on a Thursday night on Radio Orion and the competition was between Cinema, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle. I idolized them, and their music is what helped make childhood great, and is still what helps make a stressful life easier to deal with…

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Catching up with Zak Hendrikz!

Catching up with Zak Hendrikz!

On a warm summer’s day I headed out to Joburg’s northern suburbs to catch up with a versatile, exciting South African talent who is well on his way to becoming a household name – Zak Hendrikz. I last chatted to him in September 2014 and since then he has been in Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, Little Shop of Horrors, the Alison Botha film (forthcoming), Leon van Nierop’s “Hartebreker,” “Eintlik Nogal Baie”, has received numerous awards and nominations, and is running his own company – Pit Productions. He is down to…

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Carly Ritter – tweaking the golden thread.

Carly Ritter – tweaking the golden thread.

In a bio by Steve Leggett, Carly Ritter is described like this, in part:  The daughter of actor John Ritter and the granddaughter of Tex Ritter, her childhood was one where creativity was encouraged. She was raised in Los Angeles and attended high school in Santa Monica, then left for New York following graduation, attending Vassar and spending her junior year abroad in Scotland. Her debut album, the self-titled Carly Ritter, which included guest contributions not only from Juliette and Joachim, but also father Ry, as well as Robert Francis,…

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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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RIP David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

RIP David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

This is such a hard post to write, but I’m sitting here on 11 January 2016, a date which will forever be known as the day that David Bowie died. The news on the radio this morning was a shocker. I wasn’t a huge fan, didn’t even like all his music. I’m not fanatical about him like I am about Rick Astley but am I suppose what you could call a mainstream fan. I liked Space Oddity, Labyrinth (the movie) and Peace on Earth which he did with Bing Crosby. He’s…

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To Write Love on Her Arms – Always Keep Fighting – Cope With Depression

To Write Love on Her Arms – Always Keep Fighting – Cope With Depression

Depression is without a doubt one of the hardest subjects to tackle as a writer / artist. Possibly even more so when you’re actually going through a bad bout of it as forcing yourself to get up and do anything at all is like climbing Mount Everest.  I was trawling the internet and found out that Jared Padalecki (from Supernatural) was a sufferer too and that he has his own campaign to help raise funds and bring awareness – Always Keep Fighting. And I thought that if he can have…

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Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor set South Africa alight in the sixties with his song “Ag Pleez Deddy” (also known as “The Ballad of the Southern Suburbs”) and was then banished from South Africa for ridiculing apartheid. After two years on the West End stage in Wait A Minim, a South African musical revue, he became a leading entertainer on the British folk circuit with songs like “Jobsworth”. A change of government in 1979 led to his re-admittance to South Africa and from 1980 to 1994 he chronicled his life in Broederstroom, a…

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