Eugene Yiga is a reformed accountant, now enjoying his time as a lifestyle and entertainment writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He also writes about personal development and is on a quest to read the 100 greatest books of all time before he turns 30. You can contact Eugene by following @eugeneyiga on Twitter or by emailing to say, um, hello.
[Eugene Yiga] Inspiration can strike at any moment. For Robert Fridjhon, whose award-winning stage career spans over twenty years, it came when he worked for FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre back in 2006. Given that most of the cases he worked on involved birds, and that he was reading African Genesis by Robert Audrey, it was only a matter of time before the idea for Twitch was born.
[Eugene Yiga] Cape Town's Long Street has earned a reputation as one of the city's favourite party spots, what with all its restaurants, bars, and clubs. Many local residents and international visitors make this place their home late into the night and early into the morning. But do you really know who they are?
[Eugene Yiga] "Miss Molière's The Miser," wrote a reviewer in The Star, "and you are sacrificing the South African production of the year. Any year." Part satire and part farce, the adapted 17th-century classic, which won four Naledi Theatre Awards following its premiere at Johannesburg's Market Theatre last October, is now showing in Cape Town.
[Eugene Yiga] A man and a woman sit opposite each other in the detached intimacy of a train compartment. He is a famous author; she is an ardent admirer of his work. Will they eventually break the silence and speak to each other?
[Eugene Yiga] KickstArt, the award-winning theatre company that brought us Cabaret and Red, is dishing up something new in Don't Dress for Dinner. Described as a farce about double adultery and gourmet cooking, this hilarious production will leave you begging for seconds!
[Eugene Yiga] Ahoy, mateys! Are you ready for a tale of high jinks on the high seas? An adventure filled with poachers, pirates, a submarine, a spaceship, and a whale? Then I suggest you get down to the University of Cape Town's Little Theatre and get ready to Get Kraken.
[Eugene Yiga] So much to do, so little time: it's become a mantra for the modern world. No wonder many have taken to writing lists to keep track of it all. But are we making space for what really matters while going about our busyness?
[Eugene Yiga] Given that he grew up in a musical household and started performing at a young age, it seems inevitable that Drew Rienstra wound up in the arts. In this interview, the 30-year old producer and director from New York chats to us about his impressions and hopes for the Cape Town theatre scene.
[Eugene Yiga] After The Spinster was first performed at the Wits Theatre Nunnery in August last year, its successful reception led to invitations across the country. The one-woman show is now making its first Cape Town appearance at Alexander Bar.
[Eugene Yiga] In celebration of composer Giuseppe Verdi's bicentenary this year, six opera companies in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand have collaborated to create a new production of Otello. And even though these countries may not get along on the sports field, their performance of what's been called the greatest of all Italian tragic operas is a match made in musical heaven!