It is New Year’s Eve, 1989. Two men, one white, one black, both cast adrift on the violent tides of South African history, meet at a rickety country fairground. There’s a showdown of course and, in the end, reconciliation. Playwright Athol Fugard imagined this confrontation long before Julius Malema emerged to irrevocably alter the tone of the discourse between black and white South Africans. But is the play still relevant? By MARIANNE THAMM.

Playland: Fugard’s excavation of the mass graves of our psyche still makes for provocative theatre

You may have seen 12 Years a Slave and Long Walk to Freedom, but before you give up on historical dramas, make a stop at the Market theatre for one last gem, writes LESLEY STONES.

The Colored Museum: Alive with history, and absolutely relevant

It is New Year’s Eve, 1989. Two men, one white, one black, both cast adrift on the violent tides of South African history, meet at a rickety country fairground. There’s a showdown of course and, in the end, reconciliation. Playwright Athol Fugard imagined this confrontation long before Julius Malema emerged to irrevocably alter the tone of the discourse between black and white South Africans. But is the play still relevant? By MARIANNE THAMM.

Playland: Fugard’s excavation of the mass graves of our psyche still makes for provocative theatre

Before Norman Bates, Dr Hannibal Lector and Dexter - three of the most compelling fictional psychopathic serial killers in English-speaking popular culture - there was the baddest-ass mass killer of them all, Shakespeare’s Richard III, currently strutting the stage at the Maynardville open-air theatre in Cape Town. By MARIANNE THAMM.

The Krejcir effect - yet too much humour defangs this Richard III, the stage’s baddest-ass serial killer

Acerbic humour is a difficult art to perfect, but at least one piece of theatre currently running has got it right. By LESLEY STONES.

Acerbic humour is a difficult art to perfect, but at least one piece of theatre currently running has got it right. By LESLEY STONES.

On paper, the specifications of Audi’s just-launched S3 might come as a disappointment to premium performance hatchback fans. At 206 kW, the S3’s maximum muscle trails both the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (by a huge margin) and the BMW M135i. But there’s more to the S3 than statistics, as DEON SCHOEMAN finds out.

Audi In search of soul

The Peugeot RCZ is one of those rare beasts - a car that made an almost seamless transition from concept car to showroom model. The RCZ-R adds the urge that the normal RCZ has always cried out for – and the result is something even greater than its parts, as DEON SCHOEMAN finds out.

Peugeot presenta el RCZ R, la versión radical de su coupe deportivo

David Kramer deserves huge kudos for being the only man to have ever persuaded British playwright Willy Russell to allow one of his scripts to be adapted to a different setting. And better yet, it really works. By LESLEY STONES.

David Kramer deserves huge kudos for being the only man to have ever persuaded British playwright Willy Russell to allow one of his scripts to be adapted to a different setting. By LESLEY STONES.

Lesley Stones reviews Ruby Wax's show in South Africa.

Lesley Stones reviews Ruby Wax's show in South Africa.

Background to upcoming book about South Africa's organised crime underworld. By Marianne Thamm. Paul O'Sullivan, Jackie Selebie, Radovan Krejcir

Background to upcoming book about South Africa's organised crime underworld. By Marianne Thamm.


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