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Illusionist and parapsychologist Mark Rose-Christie has been thrilling South African mystery-seekers since 2001 with his Mystery Ghost Bus tours, which are based on the original London Ghost Bus tours.
On Saturday 20 February, tour-goers were given the opportunity by Rose-Christie and associates to enter the Smuts House Museum, known as “one of the country’s most well-documented haunted houses”, according to Rose-Christie and his team. This tour marked a brand new Pretoria route for the Mystery Ghost Bus, which also includes two (much-needed) pub stops, and has been nominated for an international Luxury Travel Guide award.
As the tour begins, you will be led through some of the rooms in the Smuts House Museum. Some background, a few ghost stories and a jump-scare or two later, and you’ll make your way to the tour bus where the fun really begins. The bus stops at many famously haunted locations, such as Erasmus Castle, the Palace of Justice and Melrose House.
Writer and director Janice Honeyman is no stranger to the theatre. Every year, Honeyman’s renowned pantomimes attract scores of starry-eyed audience members to theatres, and this year’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime is no different.
With a star-studded cast, canny dialogue, beautiful costumes and expert choreography, Sleeping Beauty is a witty, enchanting production. As is the case with all of Honeyman’s pantomimes, it certainly isn’t just for children.
The production’s musical performances are fresh and uplifting, and includes songs like Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown funk” and “Watch me (whip/nae nae)” by Silentó. The cast all deliver excellent performances, with each actor well fit for their respective role. With singer Timothy Moloi as Sir Poensface Ponce-a-Lot, Top Billing presenter Christopher Jaftha as Prince Harry Hunkador the Handsome, and theatre and screen legend Tobie Cronjé reprising the role of Dame Nora Nursey, humour runs high in this fun-filled production.
Pretoria-based folk-rock project Kabaal Klankbaan will be entertaining crowds at the Cool Inc. Tattoo Expo at the Voortrekker Monument this November. Perdeby spoke to Floris Groenewald, the man behind Kabaal Klankbaan’s folksy sound.
Among the ghouls and goblins, zombies and goths, skeletons and abnormally buff fairies in attendance at Arcade Empire’s Halloween 2015 party on 31 October, some first-rate rocking was going on. On no less than four stages, but no more than three at a time, the dolled-up and rigged-out bands thrashed away on guitars and belted into microphones, while the especially diverse crowds sprang about, singing along, many of them savouring the few hours’ freedom from the compulsory biannual exam stress.
Bands dressed up for the event, but the real delights of disguise were to be found in the audience. Among the colourful crowd, one could appreciate a few inventive, painstaking, and daring specimens. There were a few well made-up Jokers, spookily close in appearance to Heath Ledger, a few “celebrity” guests, such as Lenny Kravitz and Olivia Newton-John, and a surprisingly large number of men dressed as women. There were also a number of film and television characters in attendance, including the Flintstones, Indiana Jones, and all the inevitable Batmen, and one inspiringly lionhearted individual – who caused quite a stir on his stroll past family restaurants in the adjacent Grove Mall – in his bright green Borat-inspired mankini, and nothing else.
On Heritage Day this year, UP Ovuwa held their Heritage Celebration Concert, a spectacular display of various indigenous South African musical cultures and a magnificent demonstration of the talent of the group’s performers.
The concert was set in motion by the Marimba Ensemble, who played a programme of traditional African melodies as well as a spirited rendition of “The lion sleeps tonight”.