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CarolineBTinaThis sensational show, highlighting the unforgettable hits from the legend herself, Tina Turner, now travels to the Roodepoort Theatre in the West Rand, providing ideal family entertainment for the Festive Season. In the LGBT community, Tina Turner has long been a performance favourite among drags: remember Nomi at Bull’s Eye and Stardust, Charne at Ramp Divas?

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Tina – Simply the Best will be on stage for a limited season at the Roodepoort Theatre from Thursday, 6th December – Sunday, 16th December.
Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s which features the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalist and dancers to make this the definitive tribute and a fabulous fun night out for the family.
Hear all the energetic Rock and soulful RnB hits that made Tina Turner one of the 20th century's biggest names in music such as Simply the Best, What's love got to do with it, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We don't need another Hero, What you get is what you see, Private Dancer and many more.

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By Gerard Rissik

Panto
For 31 years in Johannesburg Janice Honeyman has delighted us with her Pantomime, so much so that bookings open a year in advance so that people can be sure of getting their seats. This year’s panto is Snow White. The script follows a pretty standard formula and, as always, is written in a way that children and adults will enjoy. A lot of the music comes from current or recent hits and there is a lot of space for the actors to drop in recent news topics to add to the fun.
The absolute star of the Show is Ben Voss who plays the wicked queen Hildegonde Hoggenheim. Desmond Dube as Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon is also terrific. Kiruna-Lind Devar is a lovely Snow White and has a beautiful voice. The hunky prince is played by Tshepo Ncokoane. Former 702 host John Robbie joins the cats for the first time, and you can see that he is having a lot of fun on stage.
The panto is always fun and a lighthearted evening out. This year there is a surprise in store though. As you enter the theatre you are handed a pair of Super Panto 3D glasses; these are needed for what I thought was a very exciting segment of the performance where 3d technology brings the journey into the forest to life. Using this sort of technology, marrying the magic of live theatre with the ability of film to move long distances and with 3d to give incredible depth and life, can only be good news.
Tickets range from R245 – R375 and can be booked through the theatre or at selected Pick n Pay stores. The final performance will be on 23 December.

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“DIE KONINGS” by
Alexander Bar & Café, Kaapstad | 22 – 27 Oktober 2018 om 19:00
Drostdy Teater, Stellenbosch | 2 November 2018 om 20:15
Drama Factory, Somerset-Wes | 10 November 2018 om 19:00Fallie

Bo en behalwe die feit dat “Die Konings” die nuutste en hotste ding in die Afrikaanse musiek-industrie is, is hulle boonop besonders talentvol daarby (of so glo hulle). Met treffers soos “onder by die whiskey bar”, “skud daai tossel” en “wys my” het Die Konings besluit om die land plat te toer met hulle eerste full blown show “Die Konings”. Bel maar solank vir Ouma en vra of sy die kinders sal babysit, want een ding is seker – liedjies soos “jou lekker tjops maak my honger pops” móét jy eenvoudig live sien.
Op ʼn minder ernstige noot: “Die Konings” is ʼn werkswinkel kabaret wat trek uit die tradisies van drag kings, satire en improvisasie-komedie. Anoecha Krüger, Marelize Viljoen en Elisha Zeeman gebruik hulle manlike alter-ego’s om ʼn skreeusnaakse satire te skep uit seks, geloof, politiek, en alles tussen in. Omdat die gehoor se bydra so belangrik is beloof elke optrede om ʼn unieke ervaring te wees. Die teks is deur Louis Roux (in samewerking met die geselskap) saamgestel. Musiek deur Talíta Beyl en die regie word deur Andrico Goosen behartig.

Kaartjie pryse wissel tussen R100 en R120. Bespreek kaartjies by afsonderlike teaters deur die teaters se webtuistes: https://alexanderbar.co.za/ of www.drostdyteater.co.za of www.thedramafactory.co.za

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RoundFive years after the release of “Bears” — his song that continues to play at gay bear bars and fur festivals worldwide — Tom Goss is reinstating his commitment to plus-sized gay men with “Round in All the Right Places,” a soulful new track that combines sultry lyrics with shapely tones.

It’s no secret that pop singer Tom Goss is attracted to plus-sized men. Five years after the release of “Bears” — his song that continues to play at gay bear bars and fur festivals worldwide — he is reinstating his commitment to them with “Round in All the Right Places,” a soulful new track that combines sultry lyrics with shapely tones. “Even after ‘Bears’, people would constantly ask me if I really had a thing for large men,” Tom says. “I used to get annoyed by the question, but then I started to reflect on it and I came to the conclusion that I hadn’t done an adequate job of describing what is so intoxicating to me about men of size. For this one, I wanted to write something that was more specific and mature. I didn't want to hold back. I wanted to be direct, honest and graphic; to really convey the shape, the allure, the seduction of big men.” Produced by Goss and mixed by Marr Zimm, Round in All the Right Places is available on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital platforms. We have shared it on the Exit group and page on Facebook.RoundDexter

“I had been trying to write ‘Round in all the Right Places’ for some time, but what was coming out simply wasn’t working for me,” recalls Goss from his LA home. “Then I got a text from a friend who happens to be round and absolutely beautiful. I asked him what he hated most about his body. He said his Flintstone feet. I was floored, mainly because, to me, everything about his body is stunning. So I began asking other men of size the same question and no one was able to tell me, ‘not a damn thing, I love it all!’”

See the video here: https://youtu.be/UieVH3A6u40.

Goss hopes to flip the script on perceived beauty with his song. “The world is telling plus sized people that their butts are sagging and their bellies are too flabby. ‘Change who you are, lose it at all costs,’ we’re told. Then we wonder why people often view themselves in a negative light. I want to send some messaging out into the world that says the opposite.”

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It's still important to be Earnest – we should all see Oscar Wilde's plays, and read his books. We can learn so much about the fight for LGBTI rights now, from queer stories that tell our history
Anti LGBT discrimination has destroyed many people over the years; most would be people like you and me who are unimportant and unheard of. There are a few who were very high profile and one of these is Oscar Wilde. The story is pretty well known by now as there have been several books and movies about him. What is not well known is how the story comes to an end. Wilde left London after his release from prison in 1897 and went to live in Paris until his death in 1900. A new film by Rupert Everett is now bringing those final years to light. Unfortunately we do not yet know when the movie ill be released in South Africa.
Jamie Wareham went to see his play The Importance of being Earnest, and shares some thoughts that arose from it.RupertEverettasOscar
The Importance of Being Earnest, now on stage at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, is one of Oscar Wilde’s most enduring pieces of work. His stories are back in the limelight thanks to the recent Rupert Everett biopic of his life. But seeing Earnest was particularly poignant considering the queer undertones were suppressed at the time his work was published. Wilde would later go on to be shunned and prosecuted for his sexuality, despite being a celebrated writer. The play left me walking out with a renewed sense of why it’s so important to reflect back on queer history – and historical LGBTI authors work.
Speaking to Simon Stewart, Founder & Director of All or Nothing Repertory Theatre Company, he tells me it’s one of Wilde’s most enduring plays because of its simple absurdity:
‘It is a parody of the ridiculousness of life that is still allowing audiences to laugh at reflections of themselves.
‘Earnest is a play all about realizing who you are and celebrating being the truest version of yourself.’
The story follows Jack Worthing who begins the play not knowing his true history. But he does know who he loves, and he is determined that they should be married.
‘He would move mountains to make this loving relationship a reality. And he thinks that he must change who he is to fit in that world.’
And here comes the full queer undertone:
‘However, it turns out that he need only have been himself the entire time, something I think a lot of queer people can relate to.’
Walking out of the fab performance, I was left with a reminder of the importance of knowing our history.

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