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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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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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“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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As a piece of theatre it is visually stunning. The physicality of the clowns is a studied art, and in a miraculous trompe d’oeil they will grow or shrink, grow older or younger in front of your very eyes.

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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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“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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Croc City offers a combination of hands-on wildlife experience and an education on all things reptilian and crocodilian. Owner Anton and guide Roann are both incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about all the resident creatures, including nine of Africa’s ten deadliest snakes.

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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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“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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With the focus on the fragile and ever-changing relationships between the protagonists, Van Graan illuminates those moments where change is possible – when the chance to act humanely flickers momentarily.

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So although you may not be able to catch a moonbeam in your hand, you can catch the Sound of Music. Do it before it says, “so long, farewell.”

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The attraction is very much aimed at adults, and to be honest, you’ll probably have more fun without you preteens. Nevertheless, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is nothing frightening or unpleasant in the room.

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“The international and local creative teams behind this project have produced something uniquely beautiful and majestic in its visual glossolalia and kaleidoscope of sexual jokes and nuance.”

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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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“The Exhibition On Screen at Rosebank Mall Cinema Nouveau takes us on a tour of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints by Canaletto and some of his 18th Century counterparts.”

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The writing is palpably beautiful and you want to hold and savour each turn of phrase, but it is the potency of Sello Maake kaNcube’s performance that makes it sing as a theatre piece, with all the requisite dignity and vulnerability that holds it together.

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