A Conversation with Louisa Talbot

Choreographer and dancer Louisa Talbot became a soloist in the Cape Dance Company at the age of 13, specialising in contemporary and classical dance. She became a member of Jazzart Dance Theatre and went on to freelance for Free Flight Dance Company and Bovim Ballet. In 2004, Louisa started her musical theatre career with the musical Show Boat. She began choreographing musicals for The Fugard Theatre in 2013 and went on to be nominated for a Best Choreography Naledi Theatre Award for The Rocky Horror Show. Other theatre choreography credits include Cabaret, Funny Girl and West Side Story which is currently running at Artscape in its return Cape Town season. Continue reading

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A Conversation with Tarryn Lamb, Carmen Maarman and Zandile-Izandi Madliwa

Tarryn Lamb, Carmen Maarman and Zandile-Izandi Madliwa have joined forces to star in the Baxter Theatre’s smash-hit new musical, Aunty Merle, The Musical. Devised by and starring Marc Lottering, Aunty Merle features a score of 21 brand new songs, 12 of which were written by Tarryn. Zandile-Izandi returns to the Baxter after joining the cast of The Fall earlier this year, while Carmen returns to the stage after her recent turn in District Six: Kanala. We sat down with Tarryn, Carmen and Zandile-Izandi to chat all about this new production.  Continue reading

A Conversation with Mamela Nyamza

Mamela Nyamza is an internationally renowned choreographer, dance artist, activist and Standard Bank Young Artist winner. After a successful run in The Netherlands, her carefully curated double bill, Rock to the Core and De-Apart-Hate arrives at the Baxter Theatre for a limited engagement before jetting off to be performed in Germany.
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A Conversation with Khanyisile Mbongwa

Khanyisile Mbongwa is an artist and co-curator of Infecting the City, a multi-disciplinary public arts festival that takes place in the heart of Cape Town. As an artist, Khanyisile’s work has taken her all over the world and won her numerous awards. Currently, she is a Mellon Scholar at The Institute for Creative Arts at UCT.  Continue reading

A Conversation with Genna Galloway

Actress Genna Galloway is currently performing in this season’s most anticipated musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Gate69. Born into a family of performers, one could say that Genna had extremely big (tap) shoes to fill. With her determined attitude and the combined inherited talent of both of her parents, Genna has been able to work her way through the Musical Theater ranks from swing to leading lady and is now starring as Yitzhak, a man and former drag queen in the first South African production of Hedwig.

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A Conversation with Lara Lipschitz

Last year Lara Lipschitz caught everyone’s attention starring as Daphna in The Fugard Theatre’s smash-hit production of Bad Jews which is making its way back to Cape Town in December for a limited run. Lara is an actress, dancer, singer, writer and producer of the web-series Chin Up, which she also stars in. Chin Up is a comedic take on her experience as an actress in the ‘professional’ world. Season 2 of Chin Up debuts this month and we were delighted to meet with Lara and chat about her career. Continue reading

A Conversation with Ilené Bothma

Sarafina Magazine was created with the intention of celebrating all South African women in the arts. For the last few weeks all of our interviews have been with theatre makers. Today we introduce you to Ilené Bothma, a Fine artist whose exhibit, Veiled Threats, caught my eye while visiting 99 Loop Street gallery during First Thursdays. Continue reading

A Conversation with Bikiya Graham-Douglas

The 3rd annual Cape Town Fringe Festival kicked off on September 22nd and we were invited to watch some of the shows. The Cape Town Fringe Festival is a 2 week event that takes place in the heart of Cape Town and showcases work from South Africa’s emerging and established theatremakers. Continue reading

A Conversation with Lara Foot

Today’s conversation is with one of South Africa’s most prolific theatre-makers: Lara Foot. Ms. Foot is a multi-hyphenate, she is an acclaimed writer, director and producer and currently holds the position of being the first female artistic director and CEO of The Baxter. Sarafina Magazine had the privilege of sitting down with Ms. Foot and hearing about her groundbreaking career. Continue reading

Meet the Cast of V-Day

Last week we introduced you to Marlisa Doubell, Sugar-daddy director and producer taking Cape Town by storm with her production of V-Day. After a successful run of V-Day earlier this year, it’s back for one night only as part of The Cape Town Fringe Festival. V-DAY 2016 is an updated version of The Vagina Monologues. The award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. Continue reading