ON POETRY, WRITING AND RANDOM CULTURAL MATTERS

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Graffiti Project - 15


Floor tile, District Six Museum, Cape Town. Part of the social history project recording of the stories, memories and history of this part of the city whose population was forcibly moved under the Group Areas Act when the district was declared a whites only area, and which was then bulldozed into extinction.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Broken Glass at The Fugard

Anthony Sher as Philip Gellburg in this late Arthur Miller play, first performed in 1994 in New York and 1995 at the National Theatre in London, and staged in London again with Sher at the end of last year. Not a play I knew. Interesting plot with some small resonances for South Africa. Sher was masterly in switching Philip's short temper and intensity on and off. Excellent supporting cast for this anatomy of a man and a marriage. Good device of a cello player drawing the eye away from the stage between scenes, so the resetting of the stage was unobtrusive. Well designed efficient set with simple colour palette and minimal furniture. The Fugard is an interesting building: part church, part warehouse, so worth going for it alone. Luckily they throw in a great play.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Graffiti Project - 14


Garden gate, Camps Bay. So simple, so perfect.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Graffiti Project - 13


Very aged work near De Waal Park, Cape Town. The irony is the electric fence warning sign.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Graffiti Project - 12


Modern Ndebele wall paintings on the staircase of the Pan-African market, Long Street, Cape Town. Note: AIDS symbol

Carmen at Artscape

Great! Marvellous! You know the tunes, now see the show. Thoroughly enjoyed it. But why, oh why, were the curtain calls milked for all they were worth? Pity, as I get rather fed up if my hands start to hurt from too much clapping.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Off the Wall - Forthcoming Poetry Readings in Cape Town

I will be the featured reader at Off the Wall poetry events on the following dates:

23 March at Kalk Bay Books - 7pm.

28 March at Touch of Madness, Observatory - 8pm

TBA at Espresso.com, Kommetjie - 7pm.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Graffiti Project - 11


Street art rather than graffiti per se, but all the same it make me chuckle this morning in Long Street, Cape Town.