A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer – VDay 2018

Sugar-daddy theatre Co is back with a brand new beautiful VDAY play: ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer’ at The Alexander Bar Theatre on 26-28 February. Please note all shows start at 9pm.

Directed by: Tamryn Speirs

Produced by: Marlisa Doubell

Starring : Shannyn Fourie, Alison Hofer, Leon Clingman, Evan Hengst, Sive Gubangxa, Allistine Bo Grady and Liese Kuhn.

Sponsored by: Act Cape Town



Insights Into Aaudi Arabia At DISCOP Dubai

Just ahead of the start of 2018 edition of DISCOP Dubai, Saudi Arabia has announced a commitment to invest $64 billion in support of the entertainment sector as part of Vision 2030, the social and economic reform program spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Kingdom looks set to have the fastest growing media sector in the region, if not the world.

But what do Saudi viewers actually watch? The opening keynote presentation at DISCOP Dubai will be made by Dr. Riyadh Naim, CEO of the Saudi Media Measurement Company. SMMC is the only internationally accredited TV people metering service in the MENA region, and gives a unique insight into Saudi viewing habits.

25 Feb 10:15 – 11:00 AM | OPENING KEYNOTE

What TV shows are Saudi Arabia’s 33 million inhabitants watching?

  • What is SMMC and why its data is the only legitimate measure of audience viewing in Saudi Arabia
  • the performance of Arabic productions during Ramadan in particular
  • the performance of international shows (Turkish, American, Indian, Korean, European etc.) throughout the year

Dr. Najm’s opening address will be a must-attend event for any producers planning on taking advantage of what promises to be a massive investment in the sector. He will elaborate on the Saudi population is looking for in TV content, and his insights will prove invaluable in light of the recent reforms and changes taking place within Saudi Arabia.

With a recent ban on commercial cinemas lifted, it is clear that content development will be part of the Saudi government’s investment strategy. As Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority Chief Ahmed bin Aqeel al-Khatib explains, “In the past, investors would go outside the kingdom to produce their work, and then showcase it back in Saudi Arabia. Today, change will happen and everything related to entertainment will be done here.”

DISCOP Dubai starts tomorrow, February 25th at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City and more information can be found here:


90th Oscars® Performers Announced

Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar® winner Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars® ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.

“We’re excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking,” said De Luca and Todd. “It’s a privilege to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”

Bernal, LaFourcade and Miguel will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from “Coco”; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In addition to lending his voice to “Coco,” Bernal’s credits include the Oscar-winning films “Babel” (2006) and “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “No” (2012), “El Crimen del Padre Amaro” (2002), “Y Tu Mamá También (2002) and “Amores Perros” (2000). LaFourcade is a Mexican pop-rock singer. She’s been nominated for four Grammy Awards®, and won in 2016 for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.” Miguel won a Grammy Award in 2013 for his song “Adorn,” and has been nominated an additional 10 times. He and LaFourcade teamed to record the end-credit version of “Remember Me,” with Miguel and Steve Mostyn producing.

Blige will perform “Mighty River,” from “Mudbound,” the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Blige is also Oscar-nominated this year for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Mudbound.” She is the first person to be nominated for both a performance and Original Song in the same year. Additionally, she has won nine Grammy Awards, having been nominated 31 times.

Common and Andra Day will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall”; Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn (Common) and Diane Warren. Common won an Oscar with John Stephens (John Legend), for Original Song for “Glory” from the film “Selma” (2014). He has received 20 Grammy Award nominations and has won three times. His recent acting credits include “John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017) and “Selma.” Day is a three-time Grammy Award nominee. Her acting credits include “Marshall” and “Cars 3” (2017).

Settle will perform the Oscar-nominated song “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”; Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Settle is a Tony Award®-nominated singer and actress. Her film credits include “The Greatest Showman” (2017) and “Ricki and the Flash” (2015).

Stevens will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Mystery of Love,” written for “Call Me by Your Name.” Stevens is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. A prolific artist whose career spans nearly 20 years and 11 albums, his work has been featured on the soundtracks for “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (2016), “Demolition” (2015) and the Oscar-winning film “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), among others.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.  Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on


Which Steps Will The Stars Take To Win Your Vote Live On M-Net This Week? DWTSSA

Make sure you’re ready to support your favourites in Dancing With The Stars SA!

Last week Sunday, M-Net viewers were glued to the very first Dancing With The Stars SA Live Results Show to find out which celebrity and his or her professional dancing partner would be the first to hang up their dancing shoes. Then came the shock:  adorable comedian Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and kykNET soap Suidooster’s Eden Classens were the ones who found themselves heading into a dance-off to persuade the judging panel to save them for the next round.

With Ebenhaezer and his dancing queen, ballroom expert Nombulelo Hlathi taking the final bow, the eleven remaining celebs will show-off their newly-acquired moves this week in the spectacular Dancing With the Stars Extravaganza, live on M-Net 101 between 17:00 and 19:00 on Sunday evening.

Each dancing pair had to master a new dancing style and will have to wow both the show’s panel of four judges as well as the voting public. The judges and voting public have a 50/50 say in determining the ranking of the competitors which determines which two couples have to dance again during the Live Results Show after Carte Blanche at 20:00.

“Remember, if you don’t vote, your favorite may just end up in the dance-off,” says M-Net Channels’  Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “It’s possible that there are thousands of viewers out there who were left disappointed last week just because they weren’t registered to vote in time.”

As the voting for Dancing With The Stars SA and the Live Results Show are playing out live on Sunday nights, it’s a prerequisite to be registered as a voter by 16:30 on a Sunday evening. To register, and to vote during the show, simply go to and follow the easy steps.

“It’s a once-off registration and you have 100 votes on the website and on mobile. In other words, 200 in total,” Lombard adds. “You can also vote for more than one pair, if you can’t make up your mind. And be sure to tune in from the start of the show to avoid missing out on a potentially breath-taking performance!”

But with which ballroom style will the celebrities and their professional dancing partners try to step into our hearts?

It’s a Cha Cha Cha challenge for soccer star Delron Buckley and 1Magic actress and TV presenter Thembisa Mdoda, while Eden Classens is hoping to Tango his way back to the top. Then, athletics coach Odessa Swarts and former Miss SA and radio presenter Liesl Laurie have to up the energy to impress the judges with a Quick Step of note.

Former rugby player Thando Manana,  who has become known as the show’s gentle giant, is ready to charm the audience with African Smooth and netball goal shooter Vanes-Mari du Toit  is planning to  sway the public to vote with fabulous Foxtrot.

Also, expect drama deluxe with two stars performing the Paso Doble.  Juanita de Villiers and Zola Nombona are the fiery ladies ready to perform this dance that emulates the movements of a Spanish bullfight.  And, after his surprisingly skillful renditions of the slow waltz and tango, all eyes are bound to be on acting legend Frank Opperman.  This week he has to jive!

For more information on registering to vote head to here. Dancing with the Stars SA is produced for M-Net by Rapid Blue and is sponsored by Lottostar. Join the conversation on the Dancing with the Stars SA Facebook page, or on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DWTSSA.


Tributes Pour In For Idrissa Ouedraogo

Tributes have been pouring in for Burkina Faso filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, who passed away on Sunday, aged 64.

In their obituaries, Variety hailed him as “a towering figure of African cinema’ and The New York Times described him as “legendary,” while on Twitter, Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore said the world had “lost a filmmaker of immense talent,” who “truly contributed to raising the profile of Burkinabe and African cinema beyond our borders… Africa is losing one of its most valuable ambassadors in the field of culture.”

Ouedraogo came to international attention in 1989 with Yaaba (Grandmother), the story of two children who make friends with an old woman who has been outcast as a witch by her village. Yaaba won the FIPRESCI Critics’ Prize and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury  at the Cannes Film Festival, among other accolades.

Other career highlights included 1990’s Tilai (The Law), about a man who returns to his village to discover his father has married the woman he loves, and Samba Traore, about a thief who returns to his village. Tilai won the Grand Prize at both Cannes and FESPACO, while 1992’s Samba Traore won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.