Lee Thompson, South Africa’s most eligible bachelor, is pulling out all the stops on the local reality dating series The Bachelor SA. This week, Lee revved up the romance by inviting international singing star Calum Scott to serenade the eight remaining ladies of the mansion. The UK singing sensation brought the ladies to tears as he sang his hit single you are the reason. “He looked each and every one of us in the eye and sang to us,” said an enthralled Michelle.D. The ladies were overwhelmed with that loving feeling and left in awe.
At the mansion, Calum also read the next date card, which was an invitation to a one-on-one for Jenna! The online fitness coach was invited to a special date in the very intimate and personal setting of Lee’s penthouse at the Legacy Group Michelangelo Hotel. She is the only lady to have seen where Lee spends his time when he’s not at the mansion. Lee impressed her with his culinary skills, and the evening was filled with spectacular views, laughter and wine… and the end of the evening a diamond necklace from Jack Friedman and a beautiful red rose! Having come out of her shell, Jenna definitely left a lasting impression on Lee.
Lee also planned an epic adrenalin-pumping group date this week, to see how far the ladies would go to “fall” in love. Joining him on the date were Michelle.D, Gina, Edith, Michelle.R, Jacqueline and Nontombi. Jozaan was quite concerned about being left out of the lovers’ leap with Mr Right – a skydiving adventure! It was Nontombi’s bubbly personality that won her one-on-one time with Lee – a sunset picnic in the bush, where they got to know each other better – which was all Nontombi had hoped for.
At the rose ceremony, with only five roses to hand out (the first had gone to Jenna), Lee decided to send sassy lawyer Edith home as he felt that she started to withdraw. Online boutique owner Michelle.D, the only lass from the remaining ladies who had not received one-on-one time, also had to go.
The situation is definitely heating up as each of the six remaining ladies have established a deep connection with Lee. It’s only a matter of time until the kumbaya vibe comes to an end…
The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsaand follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.
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The Bachelor SA | Season 1 | Episode 7
Queue up the ladies and cue the music! In this week’s amorous edition of The Bachelor South Africa, host Jason Greer surprises the ladies with a very special guest – international best-selling singer and songwriter Calum Scott. If there’s one love language that everyone understands, it’s that of a romantic song, but how will the eight striking ladies left vying for Lee’s heart entertain the signing sensation, and what is he really there for? While all the beauties are enjoying Calum’s company, one of them won’t be going on the group date, however. Why is this happening?
This week, Bachelor Lee has only six roses to hand out, and here are six more reasons why fans simply can’t miss out on all the action:
· A once-in-a-lifetime one-on-one date. A special lady that has been quite reserved but very well noticed is finally invited to get to know Lee a little better.
· A bachelor in the kitchen. Lee impresses a hottie with his culinary skills.
· Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. A significant gift for a significant lady. Who will be the recipient of an elaborate, special gift from Jack Friedman jewelers be?
· Adventurous spirits. The adrenalin pumps when some ladies literally “fall” for love.
· A smile goes a long way. A ray of sunshine is rewarded for her endurance and contagious smile.
The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.
Naledi Theatre Awards Re-imagined for 2019
Now entering its 15th year, the Naledi Theatre Awards is the biggest and most prestigious Awards entity to recognise and reward excellence in SA Theatre.
With a new Board of Directors and an influx of almost 50 young, burgeoning and brilliant new judges, plus a new home for the Awards event, the 1000 seat Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, the Naledi team has been hard at work throughout the holiday season re-imagining and re-structuring its modus operandi. Here are some snippets from the Board and Executive:
Chairperson, Kgomotso Christopher. “We all share the same passion for the transformation of our country’s performing Arts landscape. Not only is it imperative to transform our industry but we also strive to recognise and celebrate the world class talent evident right here in South Africa.
Deputy Chairperson, Sello Maake ka Ncube: “New voices emerge every month telling our unique SA stories with energy and vision never seen on our stages hitherto”. I am particularly committed to mentoring new practioners of tomorrow.
Chairman of the Judging panel, Award winning actor, writer, radio presenter and drama teacher, Renos Spanoudes: “the Naledi Awards holds a mirror to what is happening in our multi-layered and multi-faceted society and reflects the best of writers, choreographers, sets, lighting and sound technicians, as well as fearless and inspired directors guiding performers out of their comfort zones to excite and stimulate audiences from all walks of life!”
Founder of Naledi and CEO, Dawn Lindberg, gave an overview of the re-structuring of the panel of judges:
“ over 100 professional shows are produced and staged throughout Gauteng each year. In recognition of an ever growing theatre industry, and our commitment to keep up with this growth, we are expanding our panels and demographics of the judges to ensure we see and adjudicate as much work as possible, produced in any given year. We have therefore created 6 new panels of judges specialising in each of the following genres. The panels are:
Plays, produced in Main Stream established Theatres; convenor: Neka da Costa
Musicals, also staged in Main Stream Theatres; convenor: Dr Lance Maron
Theatre for children and young audiences: age 0-13 as well as Theatre for that middle group of Young Teens, age 14-17, often left to fall through the cracks between kiddie theatre and theatre for adults, and sometimes including set works. This section is proudly supported by ASSITEJSA, an international organisation specially created to encourage young people to experience and enjoy theatre. They are the audiences of the future! Convenor: Thea Gafin
New, but we think vitally important new genres to cover are the highly creative and innovative: Dance and Physical Theatre, convenor: Ignatius (Iggy) van Heerden;
Independent/Fringe Theatre: specifically created to capture and assess smaller works by burgeoning, powerful young voices in venues such as PopArt in Maboneng, Olive Tree in Alex, the Table, and smaller venues at the Soweto Theatre complex, UJ and many others! Convenor: Khutjo Green
Tertiary Student/Incubator productions: for non professional artists who are committed to a career in the performing arts by attending Training Institutions such as Market Theatre Lab, Wits drama dept., Oakfields, State Theatre Incubator projects, and more. Convenor: Tiffany Higgo
Executive Director and Legal, Lihan Pretorius: “judges for each panel have been carefully selected, maintaining a good mix of age, genders and cultures. Each panel is led by a convenor and we will facilitate a special one day workshop for the Convenors of each panel, to explain and clarify any grey areas as well as creating liaison links with Theatre producers. Judges will be allocated 2 x tickets per performance, one of which they are encouraged to use to invite and mentor one of the new judges entering this arduous and committed role for the first time this year.
Deputy Chairman and Arts Activist, Maishe Maponya: Due to the fact that our Industry is relatively small, many of the judges are also practitioners. However, we do not see this as a contentious issue at all, as any judge associated with any production or performer will recuse themselves from debate or voting when that production or performer is assessed.
Board Member, Mbongeni Ngema: I feel very excited and humbled to be part of this passionate and dedicated team, who are totally committed to serving our fragile but immensely important performing Arts Industry in SA. I am fairly new on the board, but have attended many of the Awards Events, which are as good as any Tony’s or Oliviers elsewhere in the world!
Dr John Kani has been the Patron of Naledi for 13 years, and is the recipient of the World Impact Award for 2019 for his outstanding work on Black Panther, Lion King and “Kunene and the Kings” starring Anthony Sher, to be produced by the RSC and the Fugard theatre in Cape Town in April:
“our biggest challenge remains that of insufficient funding from Government sources, DAC (Mzansi Golden Economy), NAC (National Arts Council) and the NLDTF (Lotto), all of whom applaud the work done by Naledi to raise the profile of SA Theatre, and enhance the careers of nominees and winners, but don’t contribute in a meaningful way to help sustain the Awards.
The Executive Directors of Naledi and I will be meeting with stake holders in our Industry as well as top companies and banks to urge them to assist in making Naledi sustainable.
Hemant Vanmali, Finance and Audit, says: “Naledi is now registered as a Section 18A NPC (not for gain), which means that any major sponsorship is fully tax deductable.
We also have a 90 minute special broadcast on KykNet and Mzanzi Magic with features on all magazine programmes on SABC and M-Net so the brand exposure for sponsors is huge.
Des Lindberg, Technical director of Naledi and past Chairman of TMSA (Theatre Managements of SA) for 22 years, has the last word: “Naledi would not be possible without the immensely valuable sponsorship in kind we receive (in the past from the Lyric Theatre and Tsogo Sun, last year from the Teatro at Montecasion) and this year and for the next 3 years, the magnificent Joburg Theatre, centrally placed in Braamfontein with plenty of secure parking!
Heartfelt thanks to CEO Xoliswa Ngema, COO, Bridget Mashika, and their entire team!
Huge salaams to Alistair Kilby of Splitbeam technical, who sponsor all our state of the Art sound and lighting equipment and many more “electronic toys” to enable the Awards staging to look like a multi million dollar production! Other in kind support has come from Duncan Riley of DWR distribution, Distell for wine, Stately Design for assistance in re-branding of the web site, and sponsorship proposal, and every single human involved in Naledi with time, talent and love”…..
SAVE THESE DATES:
Nominations Reveal: Tuesday 12 March 2019 @ the Fringe Theatre @ the Joburg Theatre Complex
The 2019 NALEDI THEATRE AWARDS EVENT for productions staged during 2018: Monday 20 May 2019 on the Mandela Stage @ the Joburg Theatre
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AUNTIE MERLE’S FIRST VISIT TO JOZI!
Popular comedian, Marc Lottering’s most beloved alter ego, Aunty Merle Abrahams sashays onto the stage for the first time in Johannesburg with Aunty Merle, The Musical from 1 February until 3 March 2019 on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre.
Written by comedian, Marc Lottering and directed by Lara Foot, the show has received four Fleur du Cap nominations and has already enjoyed two sell-out seasons in Cape Town to rave reviews.
“a musical with an international punch, a debut production that astonishes with its assuredness.” – Karen Rutter, WeekendSpecial
“…witty one-liners that are met with sassy comebacks.” – Kirsten Delcie, What’s On In Cape Town
High drama unfolds in Belgravia Road, Athlone, as Merle’s daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to her boyfriend, Alan. As Merle puts it: “He’s a good looking white chap!” But it’s never smooth-sailing in the world of musicals when Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse – who holds a dodgy top job with the SABC – is determined to get her back – and if not, threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart.
Aunty Merle, The Musical boasts a talented South African cast including Marc Lottering as Aunty Merle, Tracey-Lee Oliver as Abigail, Paul du Toit as Alan, Loukmaan Adams as Denver Paulse, with a stellar support cast including Royston Stoffels, Tankiso Mamabolo, Gina Shmukler, Adrian Galley, Carmen Maarman, Zandile Madliwa, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Anzio September, Crystal Finck and Austin Rose – accompanied by a live 8-piece band.
Twenty-two original songs, with lyrics by Marc Lottering and Tarryn Lamb; musical direction by Alistair Izobel and choreography by Grant Van Ster, have earned the cast thunderous standing ovations.
Aunty Merle – The Musical is suitable for all ages (no under 3’s). Tickets from R145 are available through Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets. Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, with matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Visit www.joburgtheatre.com for more information.
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