Review: The Coffin, Reggie Goodwin


The Coffin, directed by Reggie Goodwin and starring Dawn Ledbitter (John) and Jo-Ann McQuirk (Jane), is a quirky and clever drama. John and Jane are estranged family members who are reunited by “a death in the family”.

The characters do well to avoid the details of the deceased, focusing rather on questions of family, what has happened since they last met, and death itself. As the characters avoid the proverbial white elephant (or in this case, actual wooden coffin), it does little for their sanity, with the play dissolving into absurdity.

The play’s dialogue is intelligent and darkly comical at times, and both actresses deliver convincing performances. Interaction with the audience is also an element that adds to the play’s interest factor, as do the use of video projections, simple props and recurring motifs. The play utilises its venue well, with a good portion of the action happening “off stage” as the characters frequently exit to the unseen kitchen to make tea. The make-up and costuming, including the use of Marie Biscuits as a form of hair accessory, add to the eerie yet amusingly odd nature of the play.

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Krêkvars-Kopanong promises hot student entertainment


The annual student drama festival, Krêkvars-Kopanong, is set to take place on UP’s Hatfield campus from 18-23 July. The festival promises a wide variety of shows and genres, many of them performed, written or directed by UP’s own students. The festival program runs all day with the Lier, Masker and Bok theatres at the heart it, along with two other venues: a film studio and an “open-air” theatre. Tickets cost only R20, making it cheaper and more unique than your typical night out.

According to a press release, “This year’s highlights include a physical theatre piece by Mozambican artists, Giftig performed by Micia De Wet and Bailey Snyman, 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, and If these Bodies Could Speak performed by Nicola Haskins and Bailey Snyman, both fresh off the Prague Fringe Festival.”

More details can be found on the Krêkvars-Kopanong Facebook page.

Drake Views - Review


Drake released his fourth studio album recently, and so far it’s been met with mostly positive reactions from fans and critics alike. This is echoed by the album debuting at number one on the Billboard Top 100.

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Iron Maiden brings metal madness to Johannesburg

On Saturday, 21 May, heavy metal pioneers Iron Maiden made a long-awaited visit to Johannesburg during their Book of Souls world tour. After opening performances by Johannesburg locals Jasper Dan and English melodic metal band The Raven Age, the metal legends were welcomed by cheering fans, vigorous head-banging and frenzied moshing.

The band played songs from their latest album, The Book of Souls, including the album’s title track.

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Fly your freak flag at GeekFest 2016


Not everyone enjoys loud concerts and done-to-death expos with nothing innovative to offer. If you’re looking for some pre-exam relaxation of a more alternative kind, perhaps GeekFest is the event for you.

GeekFest is a two-day festival for “geeks”, according to the event’s organisers, Dark Carnival. The festival will take place on 7-8 May at Inanda Country Base in Kyalami.

“Fight a Knight” is one of the activities on offer at the festival. Festivalgoers get to dress up as a knight and fight against a foe supplied by the festival who is not allowed to hit back.

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Perdeby Poll

Will you be attending OppiKoppi this year?

I don't trust the dust, even if there are Mangoes - 59.3%
Oppi is an institution, I wouldn't miss it for the world - 25.9%
But daisies though... - 14.8%

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