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Kinky Boots | The Fugard

Kinky Boots
The Hit Musical
Early bird specials now available

Call the Fugard Box Office on 021 461 4554 or visit www.thefugard.com to access your early bird specials.

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand new, original production of this huge-hearted, smash-hit musical. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Choreography and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots has played to sold out houses on Broadway and in the West End since 2013. This mega-hit is a must see for all musical theatre fans.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

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Television

Mzansi Finally Gets The Top 16 Singers Who Will Battle It Out For Your Votes | Idols

It’s finally here! After four provincial tours, three satellite stops, and almost 10 000 hopefuls, we reveal your Idols SA Season 14’s Top 16!

Thato Makape (23) – He must surely hold the record for the for the longest traveller to an Idols audition! Thato journeyed for a staggering 1250km from his hometown of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape to Cape Town. The young barber’s resolve was not in vain – he received his Golden Ticket from three of the judges and is now determined to go all the way for his mother, who is a cancer survivor.

Yanga Sobetwa (16) – Talk about a girl with a plan! Season 14’s youngest contestant stepped into the Cape Town audition room with the single-minded purpose of leaving with a Golden Ticket. Not only did she succeed in scooping a yes from all four judges, she had already arranged for long-distance studies with her school. Now that’s what we call levels!

Lincoln Lewis (22) – When a judge tells you that you’ve given them the best audition of the season so far, you know you are on to a good thing. The young man from Ravensmead on the Cape Flats has fought to get to this point and is not about to back out now.

Mthokozisi Nqcobo (20) – The UCT student from Umlazi in Durban loves music so much that he suffered from depression when he opted to study accounting over music for financial reasons. But the same music is his “healer” and helping him find his feet again. Receiving a unanimous yes from the judges has rightfully validated his passion.

Niyaaz Arendse (22) – The Ottery, Cape Town, homeboy is determined to connect with Randall, who has not been taken with him, especially as this is his fourth try on the show. He won’t give up on his dream because he is convinced that music is his life.

Nosipho Silinda (17) – This teenager from Ladysmith in KZN is all about the creative industry; she wants to build a school for the arts in future. For now, she must get through juggling Idols and her Grade 11 studies…oh, and work on her emotions like Somizi suggested.

Sandile Skosana (26) – Representing Tsakane in Ekurhuleni, Sandile knows the meaning of hard work. He’s already attempted a Masters, is a research scientist and is doing his post graduate certificate in Education. He is also the music director at his church and believes this is the right time for him on Idols.

Ntokozo Makhathini (18) – There must be something in the air in Witbank! Ntokozo comes from the same neighbourhood as previous winner Musa, and bowled over the judges during auditions, resulting in four yeses. She’s passionate about nature and tourism, but for now is taking a gap year to concentrate on Idols.

Mnqobi Dlamini (21) – He came all the way from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga to audition in Pretoria. A returnee who got his Golden Ticket during the “mass returnee audition”, his life is about gigs and trying to provide for his family.

Delene Swartz (21) – Unathi called her one of her favourites and couldn’t get enough of her voice. As a vocalist for a working band, it was no surprise when Somizi complimented her on being well prepared and “blessing” them with her voice. She comes from Ennerdale in Jozi.

Basimane Boys Melato aka King B (20) – Big in voice and big in personality, King B’s vosho is sure to become his trademark. The HR student from Kagiso says he is inspired by Miss Universe and is here to soar.

Thando Mngomezulu (19) – She epitomises the saying “dynamite comes in small packages”. However, her crippling lack of confidence has been a talking point among the judges from audition all the way to Top 16. The Media Studies student says she’s always wanted to be in the music business.

Lethabo Ramatsui aka Wattahmelon (18) – Hailing from Attridgeville in Pretoria, the sassy theatre student says she’s obsessed with fruits and loves watermelon especially. She attends the YIT Academy at the State Theatre, where she trains in drama, music and dance.

Zamagambu Memela aka Xae (18) – The Pinetown, Durban, teen is the first in the history of Idols to get a Golden Ticket autographed – by all the judges. And no, it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s still nice. She says winning Idols would make her dreams come true.

Victor Matalane (25) – Originally from River Cross, Limpopo, he auditioned in Johannesburg and was saved by Unathi during Theatre Week. He is a praise and worship singer.

Bongiwe Pearl Mdaka (23) – A boutique sales lady from Melelani in Mpumalanga, Bongiwe once had twelve fingers before she had the extras surgically removed. She prides herself on playing guitar well.

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h00. For more information visit our website: www.idolssa.tv

You can also join the Idols SA conversation via social media on… Facebook: Idols South Africa (www.facebook.com/IdolsSA) , Twitter: @IdolsSA #IdolsSA Instagram: @IdolsSA

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Television

Slide Into A Surreal Mystery With The Miniseries ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ Only On M-Net

Continuing to bring viewers only the best in television, M-Net channel 101 on DStv will air the much-talked about acclaimed miniseries, Picnic at Hanging Rock, starting Monday 20 August at 23:10. From the trailblazing timeless classic novel by Joan Lindsay, this surreal and stylish drama is fronted by Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer.

Natalie Dormer as Hester Appleyard in Picnic At Hanging Rock

Led by their enigmatic and formidable headmistress, Hester Appleyard (Dormer), a group of schoolgirls from Appleyard Ladies College go on an outing to the infamous Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day 1900. As the sun beats down and the afternoon progresses, three girls and their governess explore the rock – only to mysteriously vanish into the Australian wilderness. Their inexplicable disappearance will have a devastating impact on the staff, students and the rest of town, all of whom start to unravel once secrets slowly start surfacing and conspiracy theories twist into terrifying hysteria.

The stakes are high. The clock is ticking. But time plays tricks and the intensity of this mystery will force our characters to question how far they would go to escape their pasts and how far they would go to be free of their futures.

Each episode will tantalisingly piece together the events that led to the disappearance, as pivotal moments will be revisited creating fresh suspicions – and revealing new layers to this dark drama. With a vast narrative, the stunningly shot miniseries offers viewers themes of sex and murder, love and death and beauty and cruelty. Contemporary issues of control, sexuality, identity and the overwhelming power of nature are also explored.

Gorgeous gothic mansions and beautifully detailed Victorian costumes effortlessly set the tone for this polished period drama, along with a cast of relatable characters: a magnificent female antagonist, a handsome young hero and a rebellious young heroine.

Acclaimed director Larysa Kondracki, best known for her work on the movie The Whistleblower, series Gotham, The Americans and Legion directed the first 3 episodes of the show, introducing viewers to fevered dreamscapes and distorted recollections that are sure to tap into fears of the unknown. Along with the source material, the series’ script was further complimented by writer Beatrix Christian.

Picnic at Hanging Rock stars: Natalie Dormer as Hester Appleyard, Lily Sullivan as Miranda Reid, Samara Weaving as Irma Leopold, Madeleine Madden as Marion Quade, Lola Bessis as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers and Harrison Gilbertson as Michael Fitzhubert.

For more information on all M-Net channel 101 shows check out mnet.tv and follow the conversation on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #PicnicAtHangingRock) or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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Television

Isithembiso September Teasers

S2 Episode 111: Monday 3 September 2018

Kero is in turmoil as Peanuts fights for his life. Claudia has no idea how to deal with Junior’s betrayal. Zamani makes a plan to raise his lobola money.

S2 Episode 112: Tuesday 4 September 2018

Kero snaps and Banzi faces fatality. Cheez launches the pool tournament on radio. Dolly fears Banzi and his tactics, but Simi will not bend.

S2 Episode 113: Wednesday 5 September 2018

Simi finds strength despite Banzi’s plans. Generous convinces Kandy to partner with her in crime.

S2 Episode 114: Thursday 6 September 2018

Simi takes a stand to face Banzi. Claudia loses it with Junior. Cheez spots the tournament odds as Generous and Kandy moonlight for money.

S2 Episode 115: Friday 7 September 2018

Claudia makes a final attempt to save the Axis Project. Chunks begins to smell a rat. Sne and Tiro go head-to-head on the pool table.

S2 Episode 116: Monday 10 September 2018

Heaven mocks Banzi after he learns that Claudia’s Axis Project could be a success. Palesa and Cheez’s tournament plan appears to be working until Diamond strikes gold.

S2 Episode 117: Tuesday 11 September 2018

Shivambu is forced to beg Claudia for help with the Consortium. Kero senses a war coming.

S2 Episode 118: Wednesday 12 September 2018

Zamani’s visit back home ends in tears. Anathi helps Palesa avoid making a bad decision.

S2 Episode 119: Thursday 13 September 2018

Banzi finds out who Claudia’s business partner is. Karlujah loses it with Banzi. Zamani realizes he may be the cause of his father’s unfortunate health issues.

S2 Episode 120: Friday 14 September 2018

Simi’s health deteriorates. Have Abednego and Chunks found the key to the gates of their love?

S2 Episode 121: Monday 17 September 2018

Ma Dolly alerts Simi’s gran to the truth. MK meets his match. Palesa realizes that Cheez is in trouble.

S2 Episode 122: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Ma Dolly’s worst fears are realized as Johannes dreams a bad omen. Shivambu deals with MK.

S2 Episode 123: Wednesday 19 September 2018

MK finds himself being dragged to the dark side. Things get heated between Cheez and Palesa. Millicent accepts Abednego’s invitation.

S2 Episode 124: Thursday 20 September 2018

Simi’s gran discovers that Dolly told her the truth. Banzi realizes he needs Karlujah. Abednego suffers the embarrassment of Millicent’s no show.

S2 Episode 125: Friday 21 September 2018

Karlujah manipulates the master. Zamani makes a life-changing decision. Oscar realizes the shocking truth about Chunks and Abednego.

S2 Episode 126: Monday 24 September 2018

Banzi hands MK a weapon that MK has every intention of using. Mo, Jameson and Zee have a big decision to make.

S2 Episode 127: Tuesday 25 September 2018

Will Johannes forgive Zamani? Claudia gets a chilling visit from the Ukrainian. Will Oscar spare Chunks and Abednego from cupid’s arrow?

S2 Episode 128: Wednesday 26 September 2018

Heaven faces a rebellion from within. Chunks and Abednego are stunned by their feelings for one another, while Zamani tries to apologize to Banzi.

S2 Episode 129: Thursday 27 September 2018

Banzi offers to sacrifice someone close to him. Zamani makes a terrible decision. Abednego tries to prove his manliness to Chunks.

S2 Episode 130: Friday 28 September 2018

Kero is unaware of the traitor amongst them. Banzi and Heaven’s plan is set into motion. MK’s student protest spirals out of control and ends in tragedy.

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Awards

DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards Nominees Announced

Grit, Blood, Sweat and Tears!!! Are elements that our nominees recognise and what they’ve endured to get to where they are in their craft. Mzansi Magic brings the second chapter of the award ceremony that aims to acknowledge and celebrate  homegrown talent in various entertainment streams.

At the DSTV Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) launch event held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, the Gqom sensation, Destruction Boyz, and their smash hit, Omunye the dynamic Durban duo commanded the spotlight. They also lead the nominees list with an impressive three nods; for Song of the Year, Favourite Rising Star and Favourite Music Artist/Group. It looks like they were right on the money when naming their breakout album Gqom is the Future!

Nipping close at the heels with two nominations each are Prince Kaybee and Kagiso Rabada. The house music master and Proteas fast bowler have been making waves and raking in the silverware respectively – most definitely #livingourbestlife in 2018!

Prince Kaybee is nominated in the Song of the Year and Favourite DJ categories, while Rabada appears in the Favourite Sports Personality of the Year and Favourite Personality of the Year lists.

Rabada will have to beat stiff competition from media darling Bonang Matheba, crowd favourite Papa Penny Ahee, Mzansi sweetheart Nomzamo Mbatha and the flamboyant reality TV star Somizi Mhlongo.

“ The DStv MVCA launched in 2017 to great fanfare,” said Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “The calibre of nominees, is testament to the quality shows and magnitude of the talent South Africa has to offer. With the viewers voting for the favourites in every category – this is anyone’s race.”

Said Sema: “The DStv MVCA is a way for us to give our viewers a platform to choose their favourite entertainers, who have become a significant part of their daily lives. Another important aspect of the awards is that they recognise both seasoned and new professionals, therefore contributing to the growth of Mzansi talent.”

Last year, fan favourite Thembisa Mdoda walked away with the gong for Mzansi’s ultimate favourite personality, a hotly contested category that had fans furiously casting a combined one million votes across categories.

This year there is the addition of a new category, Favourite Personality of the Year, which will be awarded to a personality that has gone above and beyond to have an impact in our society.

There’s also a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will be bestowed the Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE. This is a person who has worked tirelessly and passionately for the betterment of their community to create positive change. Not only will they be honoured at the ceremony, but will also receive a cash prize of R50 000 (Fifty Thousand Rands) as a thank you!

Kia is also back as an associate sponsor, joined by Castle Milk Stout.

Fans will be able to vote in 11 categories and the nominee with the most votes out of all the categories will be named the ultimate viewers’ choice. With so much love for their entertainment favourites, let The Game of Votes begin – and may the best Fandom win!

Below is the full list of categories and nominees…

FAVOURITE SONG OF THE YEAR
  • PRINCE KAYBEE & LASOULMATES FT ZANDA ZAKUZA & TNS – CLUB CONTROLLER
  • DJ MAPHORISA FT DJ TIRA, BUSISWA & MOONCHILD SANELLY – MIDNIGHT STARRING
  • HEAVY K FT NOKWAZI & BUCIE – INDE
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ FT DLADLA MSHUNQISI & BENNY MAVERICK – OMUNYE
  • KWESTA FT WALE – SPIRIT
FAVOURITE TV PRESENTER
  • LERATO KGANYAGO
  • THOMAS MLAMBO
  • PEARL MODIADIE
  • CAROL TSHABALALA
  • ANELE MDODA
FAVOURITE COMEDIAN (KIA)
  • SKHUMBA
  • FELIX HLOPHE
  • TUMI MORAKE
  • SMOWKEY NYEMBE
  • MPHO POPPS
FAVOURITE RISING STAR (KIA)
  • SMASH AFRIKA
  • LUVO MANYONGA
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • LANGA MAVUSO
  • LUNGI NGIDI
FAVOURITE RADIO PERSONALITY
  • ANELE MDODA
  • NTATE THUSO MOTAUNG
  • DUDU ‘LADY D’ KHOZA
  • DJ FRESH
  • SELBY ‘SELBEYONCE’ MKHIZE
FAVOURITE ACTOR (1LIFE)
  • WARREN MASEMOLA
  • HAMILTON DLAMINI
  • MDUDUZI MABASO
  • MASOJA MSIZA
  • KHULU SKENJANA
FAVOURITE ACTRESS (1LIFE)
  • THEMBSIE MATU
  • RAMI CHUENE
  • LINDA SEBEZO
  • MOSHIDI MOTSHEGWA
  • LESEGO MARAKALLA
FAVOURITE MUSIC ARTIST / GROUP (CASTLE MILK STOUT)
  • LADY ZAMAR
  • SHEKHINAH
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • KHUZANI
  • AKA
FAVOURITE DJ
  • MS COSMO
  • DJ MAPHORISA
  • PRINCE KAYBEE
  • DJ TIRA
  • BLACK COFFEE
FAVOURITE SPORTS PERSONALITY (SUPERSPORT)
  • KAGISO RABADA
  • PERCY TAU
  • CASTER SEMENYA
  • PITSO MOSIMANE
  • SIYA KOLISI
FAVOURITE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
  • PAPA PENNY AHEE
  • BONANG MATHEBA
  • NOMZAMO MBATHA
  • SOMIZI MHLONGO
  • KAGISO RABADA
LIFE CHANGER (1LIFE) – SEPARATE COMPETITION
ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE (DSTV) – MOST VOTED IN TOTAL