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KATE LIQUORISH- ARTIST at WORK

 

 

Kate Liquorish studied a BA in Theatre and Performance at The University of Cape Town, graduating with honours in the degree in 2006. Since then she has been involved prolifically in Theatre, television and film. Kate is a riveting actress to watch whether on stage or film. She has graced national stages with her fine acting and is rapidly becoming a well known and recognised actress in this industry.

Her film credits include COWBOY, THE RAINBOW WARRIOR and CRIME SAFARI. She appeared on SABC 2 in the popular medical drama HILLSIDE in 2007 as well as DEETITEL DAMES in 2009.

Theatre, however is her greatest passion and she has appeared in no fewer than 14 productions in the last 4 years, including:

A LIE OF THE MIND, Lorraine, Dir Luke Ellenbogen 2011

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, Mrs Drudge, Dir Chris Weare 2011

LOVBORG’S WOMEN, Dir Chris Weare, 2011

THE GREAT GATSBY, Jordan Baker, Dir Luke Ellenbogen 2011

MEPHISTO Theresa, Dir Chris Weare, 2010

COSI, Justine, Dir Scott Sparrow, 2010

ONE WOMAN, ONE SHOW, Self-written, Dir Leila Anderson 2010

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, Lulu, Dir Chris Weare, 2009

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Dir Luke Ellenbogen, 2009

THE COOKSISTERS, Self-written, Dir Greg Karvellas, 2008

BURIED CHILD, Dir Chris Weare, 2008

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Dir Luke Ellenbogen, 2008

She will soon be starring in the multi-award winning “The Girl in the Yellow Dress” at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg

http://markettheatre.co.za/shows/watch/girl-in-the-yellow-dress

Directed by Malcolm Purkey and co-starring Nat Ramabulana from popular SA soapie “The Wild” .


Kate is represented by APM in Cape Town and Gaenor Artist Management in Johannesburg:

http://www.apm.co.za/listings/kate-liquorish-492/

http://www.gaenor.co.za/femaleitem.aspx?ID=408

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RUDI MALCOLM – ARTIST at WORK

Rudi Malcolm, one of Cape Town’s young and up coming actors has been working hard at building his career .

This 23 year old actor is by far one of the most multidimensional actors I have yet seen. Soon after graduating at the University of Cape Town in 2010 , completing his training in BA theatre and performance, Acting , he started working as a professional in the industry. His dedication to his craft has made this young actor an asset to any production. He was first seen in Adam Small’s Kanna, Hy Kô Hystoe playing the role of Toefie in February of 2008. Under the direction of Sandra Temmingh, he quickly learned the ins and outs of the stage.

Later that same year, Temmingh cast him as Romeo in a raw, gripping Afrikaans adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Rudi filled the dynamic role with subtlety and detail. In March of 2009, award winning director Christopher Weare offered this young actor the opportunity of playing the money-minded MacTrev in the first ever staging of Pieter-Dirk Uys’ MacBeki, a farce which drew parallels between former president Thabo Mbeki and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In December of that year, the success of this production led to it being invited to be performed at the annual International Theatre Festival of Kerela in India, where the play was revered as one of the best at the festival. Starting 2010, Rudi landed a role in PG Du Plessis’ Siener In Die Suburbs, again being directed by Sandra Temmingh. He had the challenge of playing the controversial Jakes. Danie Botha, a writer for the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards goes to describe, “Rudi staan sy man as Jakes, speel dit tot ‘n groot hoogte…”

Two months later, Christopher Weare put Rudi in the shoes of Melchior, the leading male in Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, a story of young teenagers discovering their sexuality. Megan Choritz of Megan’s Head said, “Melchior was my favourite. He gave a really tempered, interesting and natural performance, and elicited true sympathy from me.” In June/July of 2010, with a collaborative effort from cast of three, took a devised production, System DOP, to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. There the play was received with great intrigue and praise. It went on to win two awards, an Ovation Award and the Silver Award. Starting 2011, Rudi played in Die Vreemdeling, which opened Magnet Theatre’s new space in Observatory. The show had an extremely successful run and toured to Woordfees in Stellenbosch, KKNK in Oudshoorn and to the St. Anne’s Cultural Festival in Pietermaritzburg. In May, he landed a role in 20th Century Fox’s Chronicle, a Hollywood blockbuster set for release in February 2012.

Rudi is represented by Samantha Benhardi Artist Management.

http://www.samanthabernhardi.com/actors/160-Rudi-Malcolm

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TARYN NIGHTINGALE SAYS IT ALL

Taryn has recently moved to Johannesburg to pursue her acting career and has had great success in finding her footing. This beautiful, young woman is someone that I am extremely proud of – she is doing incredibly well for herself with her recent music video debut Better Days by Bedouin Blue, now being aired on SABC. A former high-school mate of mine and best friend, Taryn Nightingale is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa; she took some time out to let us know a little bit about herself.

Tell me who Taryn Nightingale is.

She’s a smart, sexy, sassy determined lady with a heart invested in the arts industry.

When and where did your love for acting begin?

At 4 years old when I wanted to be a tap dancer, I used to perform in front of the mirror.

You studied at the University of Cape Town, what did you study and what was the experience like?

Bilingual Acting, BA Theatre and Performance. Depressing, frustrating, inspiring, challenging, exciting. The best four years of my life.

Being based in Joburg, how are you finding the industry?

You either make it cause you’re lucky, or cause you’ve made it cause you worked at making it… People are more open to business and giving you opportunities, but you’ve got to mean “business”.

Tell us about your recent involvement in the Better Days by Bedouin Blue music video?

Well, we shot it 6 months ago. It was a lovely experience: I got to work with very talented people who taught me a lot on set. I also enjoyed being “faffed” about…

Where can people watch the video?

Well, it’s being played on SABC and it can also be found on You Tube.

Is it important to have a support system when pursuing an acting career?

Definitely. It’s not a very consistent industry. And with schedules constantly changing, playing different characters and going from periods of being overworked to unemployed, having a strong base to fall back on keeps you grounded when the rollercoaster gets too much.

Name three people that have been influential in terms of your career.

My agent, Carlynn De Waal-Smit, I don’t think other people have really “influenced my career” as such. Once they have… I’ll give them the credit.

What are the challenges and joys of being in the acting industry?

Challenges: who goes for as many “job interviews”(auditions) as an actor? Rejection. Motivating yourself through periods of no work, creating your own work in an industry where funds are limited and remembering to always keep planning and thinking ahead, permanence of a job in this industry is temporary

Joys: working with a multitude of personalities, different environments. Getting paid for having fun and playing. Seeing people enjoy a performance and then them telling you afterwards that they appreciated it. Having that opportunity to entertain/reach/connect with another person through performance.

 What are you working on at the moment?

Currently working in educational theatre, touring country teaching children how they can make their lives what they want it to be. And started plans for own theatre company.

You are currently based in Joburg. Why have you chosen to do this?

 I needed a change. I wanted to be in another place to challenge myself so that I could be independent.

There are ups and downs in this industry and at times, you may feel like you want to just leave it all. What keeps you going through the tough times?

My drive to succeed and passion for the arts, but most importantly understanding that the ups and downs are the nature of the industry…

What are your other passions and how do you combine them with your acting career?

Luckily for me, most of my passions are all part of my career (people and exploration of human nature), but I do love writing, and want to start writing some of my own material. I have recently developed a passion for yoga… It helps keep me fit and strong as performer and person.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received and from whom?

Those who make it are those who are determined: Sandra Temmingh, lecturer at UCT.

 What is your advice to upcoming artists?

Get an agent asp. Know your strengths and weaknesses and know how either can work for you. Don’t expect it to happen to you… You have to make it happen.

Watch Taryn in Bedouin Blue, Better Days music video

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Review: Danscape 2011

It prevailed.

As one would expect dance theatre to break the fourth wall using various theatre techniques to do so.

Danscape opened with the curtain down and all in sight was a red couch and an anxious full house in the Arena Theatre.

“Attention all teachers, please report to the staff room,” is what got me sitting up ready for the action. Then a bellow of laughter and applause as Mbovu Molinga, third year Jazzart Trainee opened the evening. The entire show was built around the notion of it being a parent teacher meeting, with audience members being addressed as friends, parents and members of the governing body. With a twist like that one could only expect an evening of entertainment.

And it was.

Young Dancers are a force to be reckoned with, (and I mean this in the most positive way).

Danscape at the Artscape in the Arena theatre, also the host of City numerous Cape Town City ballet productions was yet again a cosy venue for a dance event. Jazzart Dance Theatre in collaboration with Kwamashu School of Dance theatre, La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre & Wilvan School of Dance, Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Cafda Youth Dance Company, Sibonelo Dance Project, Relay Productions, Dance for all, iKapa Outreach Project and Vadhini Indian Arts Academy blew audience members away with a rich display of culture and expression through dance.

The show consisted of ten pieces that enveloped all the senses into an astronomical world of expression, feeling and meaning through dance. The body speaks. A true display of the talent and potential in our youth. I did not feel robbed or cheated that most of the dancers were between twelve and sixteen years old at all.

Two pieces stood out the most.

The first piece Wrong Station by Sibonelo Dance Project Choreographed by Mzokuthula Gasa was simply out of this world. A space age theme, beautiful lighting, and a simple yet elegant set and costume design is what got them a massive round of applause and bravo’s. The piece opened with a cocoon like structure placed upstage right and then it hatched. The dances emerged from this cocoon as alien like creatures. The dancers were dedicated and at all times and showed impeccable timing. May I remind you that all the dancers were between the ages of 10 and 16? The youngest of them all being ten years old. Choreographer Mzokuthula Gasa explored the space age concept beautifully with erratic movement and fragmented phrases in dance

The second piece that stood out for me was Couch by Jazzart Dance Theatre. A red couch and five dancers owning the space as if it required no effort at all. A grand jete’ by Elvis Sibeko left me gasping in awe and then a sudden burst of applause filled the Arena. This piece stood out purely because technique, dedication and passion were thrown at the audience members every second of the piece. Choreographer Ziyanda Mancam can be congratulated for her sophisticated expression of dance technique and use of space and architecture. She used the red couch well as a centre piece draped in flowing movement.

Whether you know anything about jete’s, attitiitudes and grand jete’s, you are bound to walk away with a fuzzy feeling in your heart. A beautiful expression of what the youth are capable of. A true celebration of dance. Bring the children along. They’ll love this one.

Danscape 2011 July 7-10 2011 at the Arena Theatre , Artscape http://www.whatsonincapetown.com/post/artscape-theatre-centre-2/

Boniswa

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What I want to be when I grow up

After a few months as a University graduate from the University of Cape Town. It has become apparent, that most humanities graduates find themeselves questioning the value of the three or four years spent at university in order to obtain their degrees.

After numerous conversations with a few of my friends, it has become apparent that work is scarce and job procurement is a huge mission. Up to 40% of the people I graduated with are currently unemployed. They are at home, trying to find themselves and looking into other career paths. This fact is truely scary.
If any prospective university applicant asked me what they should study I would advice them to look into commerce, engineering, medicine or the sciences.

Firstly, you dont get paid enough with a humanities degree. I have often compared the starting salary of an engineer to and actor’s starting salary and they differ by huge differences. If you are chosing a career path because you would like financial freedom and security- please dont obtain a humanities degree- do yoursef a favour and get those math marks up.

I am by no means slating the humanities. i am merely saying that approaching study in this field is not , in most cases, you route to billion dollar bills in the bank. Yes, you will be a more fullfilled individual. You may have more insight on human interaction and relationships. You may even have more insight on how the economy operates, but will seldom be able to make a huge contribution to it.
It all really boils down to what you want to be when you grow up:

Rich man or poor man.

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