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“Bursting with both big names and fresh talent, Calling Me Home has so much promise and there is so much to be proud of.”

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But the feeling that ultimately takes over is one of amazement and wonder. To think that it takes 1500 hours to prepare a specimen and that each specimen was once a living human being is mind-blowing.

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“Being somewhat ‘tequila-phobic’, I was apprehensive to try Sierra’s Tequila range. But Sierra Spiced Tequila instantly impressed me with its layering of orange and cinnamon notes.”

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It’s at once charming and chilling, with physical theatre so subtly incorporated that, by the end, you feel like the human condition is light on its feet.

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“Unfortunately, some of Splash’s key performers were absent due to visa issues, so the show as seen was not the complete magical watery wonderland that had been promised.”

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You will not regret taking up the invitation to attend this exuberant and, at times, poignant, Greek wedding with all its traditional – and not so traditional – features.

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The gallery itself is a pleasant and unintimidating space. It’s small enough to be intimate and yet large enough to showcase a satisfying variety of works. With exhibitions regularly changing, roughly every four weeks, it warrants return visits.

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“Director Fred Abrahamse sticks to some conventions – males play female characters, and the original style and tone is retained – while managing to wrap it in a blanket of originality.”

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On many levels, it’s an ideal end of year family show, bringing together all the issues of responsibility and wildness, dreams and possibility, exploration and history and the exploitation of Hollywood into one story.

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“The end result is not only an immaculately staged piece of theatre, but also a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy.”

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Each scene is visually impressive, making a grand, almost Old Master painting of colour and design. The poised opening of the Capulet ball with its rich reds is sumptuous, while the stark lights fading into the cowled figures and lit candles in the Capulet crypt send shivers down the spine.

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The real drama for the audience is in the dancing and is particularly evident in the final pas de deux between Principal dancers Jonathan Rodrigues as the Prince and Burnise Silvius as Cinderella.

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“Reviewing a Pieter Dirk Uys-performance nowadays (especially for his fans) is like critiquing an annual Saturday evening dinner party at your best friends’ place.”

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“Sandton Convention Centre flung open its doors for a fabulous new design event this year. From cardboard chairs to Corian coffee tables, Joburg’s inaugural Design Joburg leaves you salivating.”

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After 10 months, more than 1000 voices and 200 choirs from five countries, the 39th Old Mutual National Choir Festival reached its crescendo this past weekend at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena in Johannesburg.

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“The band’s lead singer Dan Smith is a formidable presence who animates the performance with a vocal showmanship that is fitting of the international sensation the band has become.”

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The whole show is incredibly sharp and barbed, but what makes it more special is how Van Graan and director Rob van Vuuren vary the pace, mood and emotions so magnificently.

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