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Theatre

Melissa Massyn Launches New Stage Production With Exclusive Opening Concert!

The screenplay has been written, auditions have been done, repetitions have begun and costumes are being made … because the long-awaited brand new stage production by well-known entertainer, Melissa Massyn, is heading to the stage soon.

UNWRITE ME, which she co-wrote with Eunice Stoltz, was created to give young talent a platform where they can not only learn more about the acting industry, but also get the chance to perform in front of large audiences.

This concert, which combines acting, singing and dancing, tells the tale of Abi (Annette Havenga) who is in a constant battle with the voices in her head. She is a forty-year-old writer who tries to find herself through her stories. It helps her to come to the conclusion that she will never truly experience contentment if she does not stop making enemies of her friends, family, career and her subconscious.

“Audiences can look forward to a highly entertaining show and will definitely be able to relate to the main character and learn a lot from her,” the actress reveals. “The actors are truly talented and I am very grateful for each of them.”

Melissa, who is best-known for her roles in Hoofmeisie, Agent 2000 and Erfsondes, feels that it is a nice challenge for her to be behind the scenes as a director and writer, as it gives her exposure to new aspects of the entertainment industry that she has never dealt with before. It is also the first time that she does not star in a production that she is part of and she looks forward to sharing the talent and skills of her entire team (Annette Havenga, Eunice Stoltz, Almarie Coetzee, Rynhardt Strydom, Havard Koegelenberg, Ree Brink, Chanelle Matthee , Suné Brink and André Myburgh) with the rest of the country.

“As an artist, it is very important to stay busy and to keep creating. That is the main reason why I decided to launch this new project. I am looking forward to being part of a group of people who share my goals, and also to teach upcoming entertainers what it takes to create a theatre production from scratch,” she explains.

The opening concert will take place on Saturday, 30 November 2019, at the Corpus Christi Congregation in the Cape. Doors will open at 6pm and the show will start promptly at 7pm. There is only a limited number of seats available, which can be booked in advance (until 28 November) at R85 per person. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on night at R100 per person. A selected group of celebrities and members of the media will also be attending this special event.

Although there will only be one performance this year, festivalgoers can look forward to seeing the play at festivals around the country in 2020. According to Massyn, a videographer is also capturing the process on camera and she plans to broadcast it as a web series on her own YouTube channel.

Melissa Massyn is a well-known local actress, television personality, videographer, social media specialist, graphic designer, master of ceremonies and motivational speaker. She has been working in the entertainment industry since 2011 and become famous for her role as Susan in The Film Factory’s film, Hoofmeisie. Since then she has starred in numerous films, television shows, short films, stage productions and television adverts. This versatile star also does regular voice overs for radio advertisements, creates video content for businesses, hosts drama workshops on a regular basis and also gives drama classes on request.

With UNWRITE ME, she not only introduces a brand-new side of herself to the public, but also gives others the opportunity to be noticed.

To book tickets for this show, email melissamassyn.public@gmail.com

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Ibiza Meets South Africa

Experience a night out in Ibiza without the expense of an air ticket. Limitless is going all out this summer with a celebration like no other. Inspired by the Ibiza party culture, there is a whole new world to discover. Ibiza Meets South Africa is making an entrance with this exciting new concept on the 9th November at Nicci Beach.

This powerhouse DJ’s line-up includes: Household Funk featuring Justin Chalice, Austin Cassim, Shane-Ohh, Stallion, Haylo, John Lyra and Ray Squared.

“If you have never had an opportunity to experience Ibiza, we are going to give you a glimpse by showcasing their music and scenes for only one magical night,” Comments Limitless Life director Bianca Bosnjak.

Expect a magical night with a stellar line-up of DJ’s, fire dancers, games, glamour girls, great music, stilts, go-go dancers and much more.

Early bird tickets are available through Howler. Door fee is R120 before 22h00 thereafter; tickets will be available from R150. VIP tables includes: entrance for four people, one Hubbly bubbly, one bottle and twelve mixes for R1400. Book your tables to avoid disappointment and contact 062 349 7747.

Doors open at 20h30. Rights of admissions are reserved and strictly no under 18’s.

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Television

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 13 October 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 13 October 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

BEHIND THE SCENES > ACTION

Inside the JMPD’s Crack Crimefighting Squad

With its bright lights and bustling business districts, Johannesburg remains one of the most attractive cities in the world, but drug dealers, hijackers and armed criminals are trying to take over these streets. Now, the JMPD’s K9 unit is fighting back, working to prevent criminals from gaining the upper hand. Leaving their homes and families to patrol the city’s streets every night, dedicated officers are primed for any and all situations. Carte Blanche rides shotgun with this elite unit.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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EMPOWERING > INSTRUCTIVE

Radon Alert

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Going to Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution

From contact centres to production lines, artificial intelligence in the workplace can bring about great efficiency, faster services, and quick turnaround times for customers. For business owners, AI helps eliminate human error, waste and costs. But for workers, the fourth industrial revolution spells great unease and uncertainty. Carte Blanche unpacks the prospects for employees when automation threatens jobs in a country with nearly 30% unemployment.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Masa Kekana

A Defence against Allergies?

An asthma attack, the dreaded breakout of hives, and near-death experiences – that’s what many people suffering from food allergies risk every day with every meal. Research shows that high antibiotic exposure, environmental changes, genetics and fast food ingestion are just some of the factors which can cause allergies – but is there another way to prevent them early on in life? Now, results from a ground-breaking South African study focusing on the impact of exposure to a rural environment and farm animals, could hold the answers to reducing the prevalence of food allergies.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Theatre

The Darker Side Of Happily Ever After: Blueberry Toast

The Sugar-daddy Theatre Company is back with their new play, ‘Blueberry Toast’ coming soon to Artscape Arena from the 15th to the 25th October 2019.

Ever wonder what evil lurks in the heart of suburbia?

Get ready for this revenge comedy by Yale graduate Mary Laws. ‘Blueberry Toast’ puts the “dys” in family dysfunction!

On the surface, Barb (Marlisa Doubell) and Walt (Gavin Werner) may seem like your typical all-American suburban couple with two precocious children Jack (Daniel Wolsen/Jagger Cooper-Doubell) and Jill (Nikita Latimer/Chloé Gardner) but perhaps the demands to uphold their dream family are taking their toll. This dynamic cast is led by award-winning director Sue Diepeveen.

Experience the darker side of ‘happily ever after’ with this modern-day revenge comedy.

Duration: 1 hour
Dates: 15 October (preview) – 26 October 2019
Time: Evenings 19:30 / Sunday 16:00 / Saturday 16:00
Venue: Artscape Arena, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tickets: R90 via Computicket
Cast: Marlisa Doubell, Gavin Werner, Nikita Latimer, Daniel Wolson, Jagger Cooper-Doubell, Chloé Gardner
Director: Sue Diepeveen 
Fight choreographer: Richard Lothian

No under 16s

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Film Review

Gemini Man : Review

Ageing hitman Henry Brogan (Will Smith – Aladdin, Suicide Squad) has his sights set on retiring, but as these type of stories go, he agrees to “just one more”. While on this mission, he encounters Danny (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and the two are soon embroiled in a game of cat and mouse with governments, and Junior (also played by Will Smith).

While Gemini Man is directed by Ang Lee, the film pales in comparison to any of his other works, lacking any cinematic shots, editing that feels like a student music video, and just not living up to what anyone would expect.

Gemini Man has very little going for it. One feels inclined to root for the bad guy. The action sequences feel dull, and not because the screen brightness at Ster Kinekor, Cavendish in Cape Town is woefully too dark, but but there is just no exciting action to speak of. An action file that is sorely lacking, where it counts.

Character development, there is none. Each person on screen feels like a template, downplayed to the level of a light hum, instead of an all out action star.

Gemini Man is a film with a bunch of missed opportunity, rather than a satisfying story. One comes away feeling robbed of a few hours of fun. And it almost feels like no one really tried.

The film opens 11 October 2019, in South African cinemas.