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Karina Szczurek Shares her Experience of Philida van de Delta, based on Philida by Andre Brink

PhilidaLate literary legend André Brink’s wife, Karina Szczurek, recently attended the premiere of the musical based on Brink’s Man Booker nominated novel, Philida.

The production, titled Philida van de Delta formed part of the 5th annual Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

“The beautiful young woman who sang Philida was the embodiment of André’s vision. He would have wept with all of us had he seen her come alive across space and time at the Baxter last night,” Szczurek writes.

Read Szczurek’s moving article about the production, how Brink first came to hear the story that inspired his novel and how seeing it on stage affected the author who is still figuring out how to live in a world where she is “unable to predict what will give me joy, what will hurt me” since she lost her husband in February this year:

I remember the pages of the manuscripts spread all around our lounge floor: Afrikaans, English, several versions of each, all a complete muddle. André and I going around with scissors and Sellotape, piecing the different scenes together, then transferring the final ‘cut’ to the computer, editing, correcting, arguing, crying, laughing, and every inch of the way loving the story and the remarkable woman at its centre – those were the final stages of André’s last novel, Philida (2012), longlisted for the Man Booker later that year just in time for the publication.

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Morula Pictures Buys Film Rights to Wall of Days by Alastair Bruce

Wall of DaysThe film rights for the novel Wall of Days by Alastair Bruce, published in 2010 by Umuzi, have been optioned by South African production company, Morula Pictures.

The production house is behind the film How to Steal 2 Million, popular soapies Generations and Backstage, medical series JOZI H, as well as Africa’s first 3D animation production, Magic Cellar.

The novel was released in the United Kingdom in August last year and was launched at the Edinburgh Festival in the same month.

Wall of Days tells the story of Bran, the once-leader of a small community. He lives a life of solitude as a castaway on a deserted island, where the rain has been ceaseless for ten years. To track the days, he marks their passing on the wall of his cave, until an unanticipated event causes him to yearn for home. He embarks on his adventure, involving not only a treacherous sea voyage, but the charge of execution should he ever arrive at his erstwhile home.

Last year, the novel was chosen by Amazon.com as one of twelve annual Amazon Rising Stars. It was also included in The Guardian’s longlist for the “Not the Booker Prize”, which is awarded to a book voted for by the public as the title that most deserves to win the Man Booker Prize.

Wall of Days was shortlisted in South Africa for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Best First Book, Africa Region.

Alastair Bruce was born in Port Elizabeth and studied at the University of Cape Town. He began his studies with a degree in science, but ended with a masters in English Literature. For over ten years, he has been a resident of the United Kingdom, where he works in electronic publishing. He is married and has a daughter.

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Hannes Haasbroek verklap ‘n geheim oor Bram Fischer (Plus: Meer oor Die Bram Fischer wals)

'n Seun soos BramTerwyl hy navorsing gedoen het vir ‘n Seun soos Bram, het Hannes Haasbroek uitgevind almal was oortuig dat die kommunis en apartheidstryder Bram Fischer veras is terwyl die wysie van “O Boereplaas” weerklink het. Selfs Die Vaderland het só oor die begrafnis berig met die opskrif “‘O Boereplaas’ toe Bram na die oond beweeg”.

Die waarheid is dat dieselfde wysie gebruik word vir die sosialistiese strydlied “The Red Flag”, wat reeds in 1889 in Brittanje gesing is. Dit is hierdie strydlied wat Fischer se dogter, Ilse Wilson, heimlik in gedagte gehad het toe sy die orrelis gevra het om dit te speel.

Dit is maar net een van vele staaltjies waarop Fischer afgekom het en wat in ‘n Seun soos Bram vermeld word:

By die onlangse viering van Mimi Coertse se 80ste verjaardag is haar beroemde vertolking van O Boereplaas weer telkens opgehaal of oor die radio gespeel.

Seker ook tereg, want die “plaaslied”, met sy hartroerende woorde deur C.F. Visser en verwerking deur die bekende Dirkie de Villiers, roer die hartsnare van vele.

‘n Toneelstuk oor Fischer se lewe, Die Bram Fischer wals, is by die onlangse Vryfees op Bloemfontein opgevoer. Harry Kalmer, die dramaturg, skryf in ‘n artikel in Rapport oor die navorsing wat hy moes doen voordat hy hierdie stuk kon skryf. Hy het onder meer van Haasbroek se ‘n Seun soos Bram gebruik gemaak. Hy het ook met Wilson, Hugh Lewin en Denis Goldberg gesels.

Die Bram Fischer wals word later vanjaar op Aardklop in Potchefstroom opgevoer. Dit sal ook volgende jaar by die Stellenbosse Woordfees en by die KKNK te sien wees.

Hoe pak ’n mens ’n toneelstuk oor ’n historiese figuur aan as die vriende en familie van so iemand – mense wat hom baie goed geken het – nog leef?

Dit is ’n probleem waarmee ek gekonfronteer is toe ek begin werk het aan my toneelstuk oor die Afrikanerkommunis, Bram Fischer (Die Bram Fischer wals, wat onlangs in Bloemfontein opgevoer is).

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Pieter-Dirk Uys to Stage Once-Off Performance of Adapt or Dye

Adapt or DyeFor Fact's Sake

On Friday, 29 July, Pieter-Dirk Uys will stage a once-off performance of Adapt or Dye as part of the 3rd Apartheid Archives Conference – Narratives, Nostalgia, Nationhoods. Adapt or Dye, Uys’ first-ever piece, was first performed at the Market Theatre in 1980. Now, the historical performance returns to the Market Theatre this Thursday at 8 PM. Tickets cost R160. Don’t miss it!

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Drama for Life (DFL) is proud to present its most dahling patron Pieter-Dirk Uys in an historic performance of his first ever piece, Adapt or Dye. This once-off performance is being staged in conjunction with the 3rd Apartheid Archives Conference, at 20:00 in the Market Theatre on 29 July 2011.

Uys first performed Adapt or Dye in 1980 at the Market Theatre. In this memorable performance, Uys will reflect back over the last 30 years, and says that this performance is not so much an adaption “but a balance between what was then and what is now. The irony will be to see how much from 30 years ago, in a state of emergency, can be recognised as still being part of our democracy, in spite of everything.”

Uys will also be performing For Fact’s Sake on 28 July as a Drama for Life fundraiser. Tickets for this event cost R250.

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From the press release:

Join Drama for Life (DFL) on 28th July 2011 at the Market Theatre for its annual fundraising event. This year DFL is proud to present one of its very own patrons, the internationally acclaimed Pieter-Dirk Uys, who will be performing For Fact’s Sake, especially adapted for the fundraiser, for this one night only.

Drama for Life was established in 2006, with the goal of using applied drama and theatre practices in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa. Today, this ambition remains as relevant as ever, and Uys’ performance all the more appropriate. With Uys’ artful ability to infuse serious social and political issues with comedy, the evening is bound to have a hilariously enlightening outcome. Pieter-Dirk Uys speaks to us about the roller coaster ride of sex, HIV and AIDS in a contemporary society. After a ten year work-in-progress throughout schools, colleges, reformatories and retirement villages in South Africa – and one and a half million learners – Uys shares the facts and fictions about this great fear in the lives of all of us: dying of love. Much of the information made up the core of his internationally-acclaimed award-winning performance – Foreign Aids – and this presentation of For Fact’s Sake has been specially adapted for the DFL fundraiser, and promises to be a most memorable not-to-be-missed event.

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Evita Bezuidenhout binnekort te siene in Desperate First Ladies

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Evita se Kossie SikelelaEvita's Kossie SikelelaAlmal se gunsteling dame, Evita Bezuidenhout, sal binnekort te siene wees in ‘n nuwe produksie genaamd “Desperate First Ladies”. Evita sal vergesel word deur Afrika- Joodse prinses Nowell Fine, die Kaaps-Maleise vuurvreter mev. Petersen, die bergie Wilhelmina Opklim en Evita se suster, Bambi Kellerman.

Die produksie open 7 Augustus 2010 by Lyric-teater in die Gold Reef City-casino.

Sy is terug – ons elegantste en gewildste vrou in die politiek, Evita Bezuidenhout.

En vrou van statuur wat sy is, gee sy nie om om die kollig te deel nie.

Vir haar beperkte speelvak van 7 tot 9 Augustus in die Gold Reef City-casino se Lyric-teater bring Pieter-Dirk Uys die Afrika- Joodse prinses Nowell Fine, die Kaaps-Maleise vuurvreter mev. Petersen, die bergie Wilhelmina Opklim en Evita se uitgesproke suster Bambi Kellerman saam.

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Fred Khumalo’s Touch My Blood Adapted for the Stage, Now On at the Market Theatre

Touch My Blood PlayTouch My BloodFred KhumaloFred Khumalo’s riveting memoir, Touch My Blood, has been adapted for the stage by James Ngcobo, the actor and director perhaps best known for playing the part of Mojo Khumalo in the SABC2 series Stokvel.

The play is now on at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, running most nights except Mondays, with Bheki Mkhwane in the lead role as a young Fred Khumalo charting a dangerous path out of township life.

Says Ngcobo of his play:

“This is a tale of a young man growing up in Hammersdale Township, just outside Durban. Through him we are taken back to the vibrant eighties – when every young man worth his salt had the afro, the bell-bottomed trousers and platform shoes that went alongside a time of fear and madness, and the division (both political and racial) that shook that part of Durban. Touch My Blood allows you to heal; it rewinds the tape, allowing you to witness some of what happened in South Africa. You’re not only left with anger, but shake your head and laugh.”
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