Birrie le Roux is an award-winning costume and production designer. In 2016 she was awarded a Fleur du Cap award for her costumes for Orpheus in Africa. During the last year she has designed costumes for theatrical hits such as District Six- Kanala, Clybourne Park, West Side Story and Funny Girl to name a few. One cannot argue that Birrie’s costumes take on the role of an additional character on stage, they serve the plot, give context and always somehow manage to take your breath away. We sat down to chat about her full-circle journey back to her first love, theatre. Continue reading
Less than a year ago, Esther Nasser was named CEO of Joburg Ballet. As a choreographer, Nasser has created an extensive repertoire of new works to both commissioned and existing music and soundtracks, winning several awards for choreography. Nasser became involved in transformation in dance and theatre before South Africa achieved democracy in 1994 and remains actively involved in the process. She has established community and outreach projects, winning the Gauteng Achievement Community/Outreach Award in 1999. Nasser has also taught and lectured at leading SA universities and technikons, and has choreographed and directed extensively for television. Continue reading
Carlynn de Waal-Smit is essentially a superhero in the industry. She is an agent and founder of Contractors Artists. She is also an advocate for the rights of professional actors, serving as the National Secretary of SAGA, a guild which she helped form. She also serves on the executive board of the PMA. For the past few years, Carlynn has championed for fair and ethical treatment of performers in the industry. We sat down to discuss SAGA, the misconceptions surrounding being an agent and the future for actors in South Africa. Continue reading
Hayleigh Evans is a theatremaker and co-founder of POPArt, an independent Johannesburg based theatre, production company and performing arts centre that is located in the heart of Maboneng. Now in its 6th year, POPArt has become a staple in the Johannesburg theatre industry and has helmed some of South Africa’s most exciting, edgy and celebrated work. Continue reading
We are thrilled to feature two of Cape Town Opera‘s leading ladies, Siphamandla Yakupa and Noluvuyiso Mpofu. We caught up with Siphamandla and Noluvuyiso in the upper foyer of Artscape to chat all about the world of opera, the roles that they are dying to play and why opera singers are likened to superheroes. Continue reading
Penelope Youngleson is a theatre-maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist and educator working in Cape Town. Her Award-winning play, Sillage which was just nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Best New South African script, will be presented by Rust Co-Operative as it returns to the Alexander Bar. We sat down with Penny at the Alexander Bar to chat about Sillage, her childhood experience of growing up in the theatre and the one question that she constantly gets asked.
Galina Juritz is an accomplished violinist and composer. Her latest composition, Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair, makes its return to The Baxter after an acclaimed one night only performance last year. Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair, brings mental illness and psychotic experiences into the spotlight using a combination of music, song and imagery in an attempt to portray the complexities and also the wonder of these strange and ultimately unknowable worlds. We sat down with Galina at The Baxter to chat about the show and her hopes for the future of her career.
Christine Skinner is an arts publicist who seamlessly seems to make things happen. When it comes to describing Christine, it is hard to separate the person from the profession. At her core, Christine has a genuine love and appreciation for the arts, a trait which radiates through her work. Usually the one working behind the scenes, we are very grateful to Christine for sitting down and giving us an in-depth look at what goes into the necessary and complex world of arts publicity.
Rent the Musical is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary by returning to South Africa. Led by a cast of fresh-faced newbies, the Stephan Fourie Theatre Company helmed production will embark on a run at Artscape in February followed by a run at the Joburg Theatre in April. We recently had the opportunity to chat with the female ensemble of the show during rehearsals. You can click here to listen to the cast perform “Seasons of Love” live on the Expresso Show.
It’s that time of year again…Maynardville makes its triumphant return, this time tackling Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Geoffrey Hyland. Earlier this week we sat down with Twelfth Night’s two leading ladies, who are both making their Maynardville debuts; Awethu Hleli who is portraying the role of shipwrecked twin Viola and Elizabeth Akudugu who is playing Olivia. Continue reading