What Do They Of Cricket Know, Who Only Cricket know?

Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall.

Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency.

K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle
Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The
former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy.

Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket – and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books.

The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”, taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts.

Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter completed a BAFA degree at the University of Cape Town. Alongside this artistic training, Marie went on to pursue two post-graduate studies: a two year studio residency at de-ateliers in Amsterdam,
and a Masters degree at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, based at the University of Amsterdam. Marie works on projects and exhibtions, both locally and abroad, that use performance, installation and writing to explore a range of ideas relating to city and nation.

Andrew Lamprecht is a Senior Lecturer in at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He is well-known as a writer, critic and curator, with a special interest in Contemporary South African Art and the intersection of history and art practice. Lamprecht serves on a number of committees and boards, including the ISANG Acquisitions Committee, SARAH Advisory Committee and as a Commissioner for Freedom of Expression for the Paris-based, UNESCO-affiliated International Association of Art Critics (AICA). As a curator, he has curated three exhibitions for Iziko, most recently, Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter.

Great Texts lectures will take place on Thursdays for the month of May. This lecture will take place on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 17:30 at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town; and is free. Refreshments will be served from 17:00; no booking is necessary. For more
information on the Great Texts series, please contact 021 480 7156 or fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.

Iron Man 3 Smahes In At Number One

With records already broken, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 smashed in at No.1 at the
South African Box Office this past weekend and has become the biggest 5-day opening weekend in history. The film hauled in a massive R13 394 393,00 from Wednesday 1 May through Sunday 5 May, including its R4 169 844,00 taking on Workers Day last week – which is the biggest opening and single day on record.

Iron Man 3

Audiences across the world also flocked to cinemas to see Robert Downey nr’s third outing as the iconic Marvel superhero, including the United States where it opened with a whopping $175.3 million according to studio estimates, giving it the second biggest opening weekend of all time, after 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers. Globally, Iron Man 3‘s Box Office takings have sky-rocketed to reach over $680 million.

Following the superhero mash-up of a lifetime, Marvel’s The Avengers, fans were clamouring to see what had become of Tony Stark after he, together with The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, The Black Widow and Thor, saved the world from alien invasion. Fans can look forward to more superhero action as Thor: The Dark World releases on 8 November 2013, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy releasing in 2014. 2015 welcomes The Avengers 2. There is certainly much more to come from the Marvel stable!

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is currently open country-wide and is available in 3D in
select cinemas.

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Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. returns as super rich playboy Tony Stark in the latest Iron Man, releasing 3 May in South Africa.

The latest incarnation of the Marvel Comics superhero film moves away from the previous two Iron Man movies, adding a touch of darkness and inner-turmoil to the character of Tony Stark; he’s more vulnerable, has to shy away from his nonchalant antics, and dig deep to defeat his latest foe.

The final battle is epic, with a tour-de-force of special effects, and a few surprising additions. It’s great to see Gweneth Paltrow gaining some toughness in this scene too.

Several references are made to the previous movies in the Averngers line-up, including The Avengers. Although not a total must, it does help to have seen these in order to follow some of these plot points.

Iron Man 3 provides some great escapism from our daily lives, impressing with the contants special effects. Go see it.

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South African Film WIns Three US Film Festivals

The Forgotten Kingdom, produced by Cape Town based ZenHQ Films and Johannesburg based Binary Film Works in partnership with Black Kettle Films and Strongman in New York, has won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Florida and Sarasota Film Festivals. The film has also been selected into competition at the Seattle International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the Durban International Film Festival in July.

Written and directed by Andrew Mudge, The Forgotten Kingdom follows the story of Atang, an angry young man who leaves the hustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father. The film stars Zenzo Ngqobe (Rhythm City, Tsotsi), Nozipho Nkelemba (Rhythm City, Plein Street), and South Africa’s legendary actor Jerry Mofokeng. It marks the first feature film for Binary Film Works, who was brought into the production by ZenHQ Films.

The Forgotten Kingdom is the first feature film to be shot in and about Lesotho, and is being sold internationally through The Little Film Company, and in South Africa through My Movies Sales.

New Artists Announced For 55th La Biennale di Venezia

The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival
recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice.

There have been some additional artists that have been added to
the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is entitled Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.

Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the source material from their theatre production Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony.

James Webb will translate and transform T.Rex’s 1972 glam rock hit,
Children of the Revolution into a South African protest song for
choir.

Zanele Muholi has recently made headlines for winning the international Freedom of Expression Index Award in cknowledgment
of the significance of her work in the field of black queer visibility. She will exhibit the entire archive to date, of her seminal Faces and Phases.

In addition to the exhibition mounted on the first level of the
Sale D’Armi in the iconic Arsenale; Venetian authorities have granted permission for an exciting series of public performances to take place within public spaces of the city. Athi-Patra Ruga, Donna Kukama, Kemang wa Lehulere and Nelisiwe Xaba will each interrogate, in some way, the critical concerns of contemporary
archival practice. Kukama and wa Lehulere will adapt existing work specifically for the occasion of the Biennale. Ruga will present his latest incantation of The White Women of Azania, with 4 performers sourced from Venice; and Xaba will perform an extention of her Saartjie Baartman project, entitled Venus in Venice.

Exhibition curator Brenton Maart says “We are pleased to have
finalised the list of artists, and the addition of important photography, multi-media installations and performances will help South African cultural production within these three significant developments in international contemporary art”.

The full list of South African artists taking part includes Andrew
Putter, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cameron Platter, David Koloane, Donna Kukama, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, James Webb, Joanne Bloch, Johannes Phokela, Kemang wa Lehulere, Nelisiwe Xaba, Penny Siopis, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson, Wim Botha and Zanele Muholi.

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice
from 1 June to 24 November 2013, and the South African Pavilion is curated this year by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. The title chosen by Exhibition Director Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Biennale is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopaedic Palace.

The Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary 2013: Call For Applications

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective invites applications for the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary. This year, 2 bursaries are on offer, supported in partnership with the Baxter Theatre Centre and Distell.

The Bursary offers an emerging theatre director a mentor, a small
budget, a month’s rehearsal space and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work.

Previous winners of this bursary include Amy
Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Asanda Phewa, Leopold Senekal, Pusetso Thibedi, Kim Kerfoot, Tsepo wa-Mamatu, Thando Doni, Nicola Elliott, Lidija Marelic and Khayelihle Dom Gumede.

“It is so rare to have a space dedicated to one’s growth as a young director, let alone one which provides the close support required to foster growth within individuals,” said Khayelihle Dom Gumede, one of the 2012 winners. “With the bursary I was faced with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the creative process and deal with the pragmatics of the production rather than extraneous elements” he added.

“Now there aren’t many spaces that can grant you that freedom to just do a show and also learn while working, because the bursary does not only teach you how to put up shows; but there are other aspects that are involved such as budgeting, casting, basically running a show on your own which is what the industry is like in
reality” explained Thando Doni, another 2012 winner.

The 2013 bursaries will run over two periods:
Bursary 1: 15th July – 17th August 2013
Bursary 2: 28th October – 30th November 2013

The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing and whose passion is to have a career as a theatre director.

If you are an emerging director and would like to grab this opportunity please submit: a 1-page creative proposal; your CV including 2 references with contact details; and indication of your preferred date to artsadmin@mweb.co.za by Friday 10th May 2013. The Bursary winners will be announced on Friday 24th May 2013.

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show

FROM 10 JULY 2013
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM at The Fugard

rocky-horror-posterThis saucy, racy musical, which features hits like “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit, Janet!”,  “Sweet Transvestite” and the infamous “The Time Warp” and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” tells the story of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named
Rocky Horror. There they meet some of the strangest creations on the planet.

The production, which has gathered a world-wide following with its hilarious adult content and story line, features a stunning, all local cast and will be directed by Matthew Wild. Designers on the production are Tina Driedijk and Penny Simpson with musical direction and supervision by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Stefan Lombard.

The Fugard Theatre will be transformed to bring you the Rocky experience of a lifetime! Get dressed in your best gear and come and enjoy this madcap, musical romp!

The Rocky Horror Show stars Brendan Van Rhyn, Paul Du Toit, Jenny Stead, Pierre Van Heerden, Adrian Galley, Andrew Laubscher, Daneel Van Der Walt, Dominique Maher, Lucy Tops, Shaun Smit, Jenna Robinson Child & Angela Inglis.

The production is not suitable for children younger than 16.

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Santa’s Story – Back By Popular Demand

15 – 26 MAY 2013
TUES – SAT 8PM | SUN 3PM At the Fugard.

Santa's Story - at the FugardSanta’s Story returns to the Fugard Studio following a successful run at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg. Santa’s Story is a moving, one woman show depicting Santa Pelham`s journey of courage and hope through discrimination to heart breaking losses. Her daughter, well known singer Aviva Pelham, performs this meaningful story of hope and inspiration with wonderful
Klesmer music in the Fugard Studio.

Award winning Aviva Pelham is one of South Africa’s foremost performing aritsts, having distinguished herself in countless starring roles in opera, operetta, and musicals and concert. Her vibrant personality and outstanding voice have shone on the stages of major theatres locally as well as in London, Paris and Israel.

Ms Pelham has been nominated in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in Music Theatre and/or a Musical for her role in Santa’s Story. Santa’s Story returns to the Fugard Studio Theatre due to overwhelming popular demand after an initial sold out season in 2012.

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Champ – Final Two Weeks

Winner of the 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best New South African Script.

5 APRIL – 4 MAY 2013
TUES – THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM

Presented by Artscape and the Fugard Theatre, and directed by Greg Karvellas, Louis Viljoen’s wicked new dark-comedy Champ is now playing at the Fugard Studio after an initial successful season at Artscape in 2012.

champ-posterThree actors, scraping the bottom of the barrel while working as children’s entertainers in a mall, find themselves struggling to hold on to their jobs and what little dignity they have left when they encounter a vicious child hell-bent on making their day worse than it already is. Through a combination of exhaustion, wounded pride, middle-class disaffection and a little too much
alcohol early in the day, they enter into a battle with the mischievous and dastardly little boy and set in motion a series of events that will not necessarily change their lives, but perhaps make the day a little more interesting.

Due to explicit and graphic language Champ carries a strict no under 18 age restriction.

 

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Each year the Academy’s Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate novice writers under the age of 30 outside of the United States and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. The 2013 competition is now officially open!

Please click here to find the guidelines and rules of the competition, which we hope that you will post within your organizations and forward to your local universities, appropriate media newsletters, and
industry colleagues. The winning scriptwriter will be flown to New York City and presented with a $2,500USD prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival on November 23, 2013. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 41st International Emmy® Awards on Monday, November 25.

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013. Additionally, if you are interested in participating as a juror or know qualified individuals who might be interested in judging submitted scripts from young writers, please email us at foundation@iemmys.tv.

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