In the year 1908 Oumagrootjie was married at the age of 16. In 2008, her great grandchild, Hannelie Coetzee, used one of Oumagrootjie’s wedding photographs as a reference for a granite and marble mosaic.
I took my two year old friend, Grace, to the zoo this afternoon. It was her first visit and she particularly enjoyed the swans and the ducks. As I stepped into the new ‘open door’ cage/dome filled with loads of wondrous birds, (holding Grace in my arms in fear of a crazy duck rushing at her) her eyes popped open and she said, ‘Wowee!’
On my way to the Dance Factory last night to watch the 21st installment of the Raiders series, I did not quite anticipate dancing onto the stage, and onto a wobbling ladder, with a pair of red boxer shorts on my head. No.
It is quite thrilling when three terrific players and only a few props on a barren stage in a Joburg theatre can transport a whole audience to a small coastal town next to the Mediterranean Sea, when skillful performances and a well crafted script makes you chuckle at the sibling rivalry of two brothers, make you wince at the tragedy that befalls a loved one, but most importantly, makes you think about the futility of war.
It does occasionally happen that you find an artwork/film/theatre production that is both accessible to the average person on the street, but also a work of considerable depth and creative merit.
At the Edge and other Cato Manor Stories is such an artwork. It is truly an engaging play.
When I started reviewing films, music and plays, I learnt early on that whether I ‘liked’ something, was of little importance.