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It’s the first Monday of the last month of the year! And it’s a Merry Christmas BOOK CHOICE on Fine Music Radio 101.3. This festive hour, perhaps with an early mince pie in your paws: Andrew Marjoribanks, Wordsworth Books suggests the best to slip into Christmas stockings, Jay Heale has carefully and cheerfully choosen three of the best children’s Christmas books Angelina’s Cinderalla by Katharine Holabird, The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, and The Owl and the Pussy-cat illustrated by Charlotte Voake. We talk to Queen of Tarts Tina Bester about her latest cookbook tarts, her baking and cooking collection at Clicks and her sweet little café in Obs.
“It Runs in the Family” by Ray Cooney. Directed by Johann van der Merwe for the Milnerton Players. At the Milnerton Playhouse, from Friday 22 November -Saturday 7 December 2013.
Reviewer: Ruth Allsopp
Ray Cooney’s farce “It Runs in the Family” is on at the Milnerton Playhouse, directed by Johann van der Merwe for the Milnerton Players.
Ghostman, The Killing Room, Calculated in Death, Proof of Guilt
FMR BOOK CHOICE reviews by Mike Fitzjames. May 2013 Readers of crime fiction in South Africa’s have had a wonderful few months with excellent new books from both established and new authors. This month I’m reviewing four of my favourites from a large number read and enjoyed.
HEMEL EN SEE UITGEWERS VERMONT
Ingrid Jonker wat in die nag van 19 op 20 Julie , in die greep van ‘n enorme emosionele opwelling in die see ingestap het by Drie Anker Baai en so haar lewe beeinding het, het gedurende die laaste amper 50 jaar ‘n ikoon geword vanweë o.a. haar politieke sieninge soos uitgedruk in haar poësie en haar passie en die droefheid van haar onstuimige liefdeslewe.
Review by : Ruth Allsop
Date of Review : 2013-03-18
Milnerton Players’ first production of the year is “Moon over the Brewery” by Bruce Graham. The programme calls it a ‘whimsical comedy’ and that really sums it up. Experienced Sheila McCormick directs and has inspired excellent teamwork from her cast. The play is set in present-day Pennsylvania, in a small coal-mining town. Miriam Waslyk is a waitress who paints moonscapes and is a single mother of a very bright 13-year-old daughter Amanda who has an imaginary friend Randolph.
Protea Isbn 978 1 86919 830 5 - Hennie Aucamp
By die lees van hierdie versamelbundel met essays oor die kabaret, heel gepas getiteld Koffer in Berlyn, word die leser herinner aan Hennie Aucamp se enorme erudisie. ‘n Mens word hier op ‘n reis geneem deur die Musiek-en-liriek-beweging, die werk van Merwede van der Merwe, wyle Stephan Bouwer, Etienne van Heerden se unieke aanslag, ensomeer. Die verbintenis tussen liriek en poësie word bespreek, die bydraes (en vertolkings) van bekende kunstenaars en hoe Yves Montand opsluit verseg het om in kafees op te tree.
Two-act ballet. Libretto M Petipa after ETA Hoffman. Choreography and libretto adaptations V Vynonen. Choreography for Rats and Soldiers Robin van Wyk. Choreography for Snow Pas de Deux David Poole (performed per kind permission of Owen Murray). Production Elizabeth Triegaardt. Music Pyotr I Tchaikovsky. Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Allan Stephenson. Presented by Cape Town City Ballet until December 23. SHEILA CHISHOLM reviews.
THE Nutcracker is a universally popular two-act Christmas ballet based on ETA Hoffman’s 1816 tale about The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.
Production/direction Robin van Wyk. Choreography Robin van Wyk, Kirsten Isenberg, Nigel Lucas, Paul Johnson and Mervyn Williams. Saxophonist Sarah Elphick. Lighting Shamiel Abrahams. Set co-ordination Charles Petersen and Robin van Wyk. Presented by Cape Town City Ballet. Artscape Theatre. Friday 20.15 and Saturday 14.30 and 20.15. SHEILA CHISHOLM reviews.
NIGHT and Day professes to sketch the life and loves of American songwriter Cole Porter. It does touch on his bi-sexuality through scenes with the Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (Thomas Thorne), his mistress Delilah (Angela Hansford ) and his faithful wife of many years... Linda Lee Porter (Lauren Rogers).
RAYMONDA: Three-act ballet. Choreography Norman Furber. Production Elizabeth Triegaardt. Music Alexander Glazunov. Lighting Shamiel Abrahams. Set Co-ordination. Charles Petersen. Allan Stephenson conducted The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Presented by Cape Town City Ballet. Artscape Opera House until September 1. SHEILA CHISHOLM reviews three casts. FRIDAY evening's cast comprised Laura Bosenberg as Raymonda. Norwegian National Ballet principal Dirk Weyershausen danced Jean de Brienne. International freelance artist Trevor Schoonraad was the blackguard Sultan Abderam, while Angela Hansford danced Semiramis - favourite in Abderam's harem.
First choreographed by Vasily Vainonen The Flames of Paris premiered at the Kirov Theatre in 1932. Choreography for this 2011 Bolshoi ballet film is a restructured version of Vaynonen’s choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, he does however still retain the original Boris Asafiev score.
Called a revolutionary ballet The Flames of Paris is based on a book by Felix Gras titled Les Marceliers. Its subject is the French Revolution and includes the revolutionaries storming of the Bastille and the victory march to Paris.
Ballet in two-acts. Produced and directed by Robin van Wyk. Music Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lighting Shamiel Abrahams. Set co-ordination Charles Petersen. Narrator Dexter Williams. Presented by Cape Town City Ballet. Artscape Opera House for a short season. SHEILA CHISHOLM reviews.
FOR Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) children’s showcase this year artistic director Robin van Wyk choose James Matthew Barrie’s famous bedside adventure story Peter Pan. Action packed, it’s a ready-made-mix for a creative choreographic mind to enthral an audience whether young or old.
IN KEEPING with The Bus’s South African premiere director Wayne Hendricks has given a South African slant to James Lantz’s original rural Virginia setting. Accents are South African; the script altered to include popular South African references and foods (koeksisters and boerewors) and the place could be any small South African town.
American soprano Renee Flemming has a lovely rich voice and sings across the opera spectrum. According to the notes with her new CD, The Art of Renee Flemming, before she concentrated on the classical repertoire she performed regularly as a jazz soloist. She is, however, a lyric soprano that has also had great success in bel canto roles.