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 World class entertainment at a steal                                                                              2010 Brett Goldin Bursary
  SHOW: MISTERO BUFFO
  DIRECTOR: JANICE BUCKLAND
                                                                                                                   award winners announced
  CAST: ANDREW BUCKLAND
  VENUE: THE BAXTER GOLDEN ARROW                                                                                   Four years after the brutal murder of              trywide) who took part in the two-day
  STUDIO UNTIL MAY 22                                                                                              Brett Goldin, his memory was once                  audition process at the Market Theatre.
  REVIEW: PETER TROMP                                                                                              again honoured when Josette Eales (26)                The bursary is designed to enhance




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                                                                                                                   and Thato Moraka (25) were announced               and fine-tune actors who are commit-
            ape Town has many                                                                                      the latest winners of the Brett Goldin             ted to the need and desire to expand
            faults, but there is at                                                                                Bursary for 2010, at the Market Theatre            their knowledge and acting ability of
            least one thing that this                                                                              in Johannesburg.                                   Shakespeare. Furthermore, it is essential
            city gets spectacularly                                                                                   The bursary was set up immediately              that they are willing, on their return,
  right: theatre.                                                                                                  after the young actor and his friend,              to use the skills gained to enthuse and
      The oldest art form still has                                                                                fashion designer Richard Bloom, both               encourage others, towards a love and
  heft here, and that is encour-                                                                                   28, were brutally murdered over the Eas-           understanding of Shakespeare. Winners
  aging. A city in which theatre                                                                                   ter weekend on April 16, four years ago,           are chosen according to their talent for
  is relegated to the fringes is an                                                                                just days before he was due to leave for           Shakespeare performance, passion, com-
  abode without a soul. It regu-                                                                                   Stratford-upon-Avon. Goldin was due to             mitment and overall suitability.
  larly amazes and thrills me that                                                                                 perform the role of Guildenstern in the               The two successful bursars will
  Capetonians are still prepared                                                                                   Baxter’s production of ‘Hamlet’, directed          be based at to the home of the Royal
  to fork their hard earned money                                                                                  by Janet Suzman, which launched the                Shakespeare Company in Stratford-
  over to be entertained in the live                                                                               Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete               upon-Avon, birthplace of the world’s
  medium.                                                                                                          Works Festival. The double murder sent             most famous playwright, from June 18
      That means that locals really                                                                                shockwaves throughout South Africa                 to July 19.
  do get to see our own stories                                                                                    and England.                                          Omphile Molusi became the first re-
  playing themselves out on stage.                                                                                    The Royal Shakespeare Company, The              cipient of the bursary in 2007 and in
  Over the last few decades, one of                                                                                Actors Centre and the Baxter Theatre               2008 Thami Mbongo and Nicholas Paul-
  the most seminal practitioners                                                                                   Centre established the bursary, which              ing were chosen from nine finalists.
  in all of South Africa of the live                                                                               was kick-started by donations from                    The Brett Goldin Bursary is held every
  art form has been Andrew Buck-                                                                                   South African-born actors Sir Antony               two years alternating between Johan-
  land.                                                                                                            Sher and Honorary RSC Associate Janet              nesburg and Cape Town, and two win-
      During the apartheid years,                                                                                  Suzman, to give other young actors the             ners are selected. The next calling will
  he was among those at the fore-                                                                                  opportunity which Goldin was denied                take place in Cape Town in 2012.
  front that pioneered a form of                                                                                   and to honour his memory in an appro-
  theatre that cleverly incorporated                                                                               priate manner.                                     * For information on how to support the
  criticism of the ruling elites into                                                                                 Eales and Moraka were chosen from               Brett Goldin Bursary Fund, visit www.
  wholehearted, yet seemingly in-                                                                                  seven finalists and a shortlist of 17 ac-           baxter.co.za under the heading “Fund-
  nocent entertainments.                                                                                           tors (out of nearly 80 applicants coun-            raising”.
      They thus succeeded in prick-
  ing little holes into the pervading
  consensus of the time without
  running too much of a risk of
  severe punishment.
      Buckland is someone whose         Andrew Buckland
  craft is so subsumed into his be-
  ing that it becomes almost invis-
  ible.
      Rest assured though that          playwright Dario Fo’s narrative.      zor-sharp contemporary politi-
  when you get around to seeing             I was watching these two          cal satire. ‘Mistero Buffo’, which
  Buckland in the three shows that      little kids in the audience and       caused great controversy in 1977
  he has brought to Cape Town for       it occurred to me that they will      when televised, functions as a
  a short tour, namely ‘The Ugly        probably never forget what they       political and cultural onslaught
  Noo Noo’, ‘Between The Teeth’         were seeing, so indelible and         against the repressions of reli-
  and ‘Mistero Buffo’, you are see-     filled with almost painterly de-       gious institutions and landown-
  ing one of the best on the planet     tail is the delivery of Buckland of   ing classes throughout history,
  at what he does.                      Fo’s vignettes.                       expressing them in the language
      Apart from still being one of         Buckland is ever the artist       of the peasantry.                     Brett Goldin Bursary winners Thato Moraka (left) and Josette Eales
  the most beautiful people you’re      with a social conscience, so al-         You can see all three shows
  likely to ever see on a stage,        though the show is essentially        for R200.
                                                                                                                    with Denise Goldin
  Buckland also has a singular          suited for the whole family, the         That is an absolute steal. If
  presence. His technique is with-      artist is probably less interested    you’re like me and you can some-     THEATRE                           THEATRE                          THEATRE
  out question, but it goes deeper      than ever before of indulging         how justify to yourself spending
  than that. He is one of those         anyone’s idea of tasteful middle      more than a R1000 on a World         *Romantic Comedy                  Until 5 June @ 8:30pm (Tues-     *Andrew Buckland
                                                                                                                   By Bernard Slade                  day – Saturdays) R75             This exciting season cele-
  very special performers who it is     class entertainment.                  Cup ticket, you can ease your
                                                                                                                   14 – 22 May                       On Broadway, 88 Shortmarket      brates the contribution to the
  life affirming to see applying his         He doesn’t skimp on the more      conscience somewhat by pump-         Masque Theatre, Muizenberg,       Street, Cape Town                South African performance
  craft right in front of you.          grizzly aspects of Fo’s narratives,   ing a little money back into our     Tel: (021) 788 1898                                                canon of this unique perform-
      The first thing you notice         but it shouldn’t upset kids too       local theatre industry, where                                          *Nunsense A-men                  er who, since 1988 has been
  when you walk into the theatre        much. If anything, it should am-      I assure it is much needed and       *The Best Man’s Speech            A South African premier! Now     producing original work of a
  for ‘Mistero Buffo’ is a stage        plify their absorption because,       where it will be much appreci-       Louw takes the idea of a best     with an all male-cast playing    consistently high standard.
  completely devoid of any adorn-       like the best fairy tales do, Buck-   ated. If Xavi, Rooney, Messi and     man’s speech gone wrong           the five deliciously famous       He is widely respected and
  ments. That is because decora-        land isn’t insulting their intelli-   co. entertain you half as much as    and positions it somewhere        nuns, the world’s funniest in-   acknowledged to be at the
  tion would be superfluous. Buck-       gence.                                Buckland does, then you would        between ambush theatre and        ternational award-winning hit    forefront of theatre develop-
  land is a storytelling world unto         As the press release says, the    have seen a classic match.           stand-up comedy. The result       musical Nunsense, has just       ments in this country.
  himself and during the course of      show combines the grotesque                                                is frighteningly similar to any   got funnier.                     Until 22 May @ 8pm
  ‘Mistero Buffo’, the artist sucks     comedy of the Italian medieval           * Book at Computicket.            South African wedding you’ve      Until 29 May                     Baxter Theatre, Tel: (021) 685
  you completely into the Italian       performance traditions with ra-                                            ever been to. Not to be           R70 – R100                       7880
                                                                                                                   missed.                           Artscape




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