Daniel Dercksen

Trainer and Educator at The Writing Studio
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and a published playwright, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012 and 2014 on Bizcommunity.com. Email:
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The man behind The Beatles

Explore the mindscape of the man behind The Beatles with the witty and touching Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which is now on at the Theatre On The Bay until 17 October.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Oct 2015 11:25

Soulful Life will break your heart

If ever you wanted to spend a week with James Dean, the superb Life is an outstanding film that transports us to New York of the 1950s when Dean was at the beginning of his career...

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Oct 2015 11:04

A walk you will never forget

A definitive dream is magnificently celebrated in The Walk, a film that showcases the craft and art of filmmaking at its finest.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Oct 2015 08:44

It's shnit time in Cape Town

Film buffs are in for a reel treat with the shnit International Short film festival, which is on in Cape Town until 11 October.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Oct 2015 10:32

Spectacular Symphony of Dance

Symphony of Dance unites the Cape Town City Ballet and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra for this spectacular production featuring six breathtaking ballets danced to famous orchestral and instrumental masterpieces by Strauss, Rachmaninov, Ponchielli, Barber and Pärt.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Oct 2015 11:08

Fun with a glittering capital F

Dragging 30 is a fabulous fresh burst of energy for theatre goers at the new Kalk Bay Theatre, where women are women, and men frock up.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Oct 2015 09:13

Proper English theatre at its finest

The National Theatre's raucous Restoration Comedy The Beaux' Stratagem gives cinema-goers a wonderful opportunity of experiencing the best of English theatre at Cinema Nouveau cinemas...

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Oct 2015 08:52

Marooned on Mars

Extreme solitude tests human endurance in The Martian, with Matt Damon as an astronaut who becomes a spaced-out Robinson Crusoe on Mars when his crew leaves him behind for dead.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Sep 2015 11:06

Thrilling Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime and escape into Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga.

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Sep 2015 09:00

Giselle to dazzle dance lovers

The Cape Town City Ballet's sumptuous Giselle will enchant dance lovers for 9 performances at the Artscape Opera from September 25 to October 4, conducted by maestro Graham Scott of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Sep 2015 09:00

A feast for theatre lovers at the Cape Town Fringe Festival

Theatre lovers are in for a super treat with the exciting Cape Town Fringe Festival from September 24 to October 4...

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Sep 2015 10:02

Music transforms lives in We Are Your Friends

"Music is made to bring people together, and We Are Your Friends speaks to our generation; this is our music, it comes from us. We can create it and maybe we can change the world in some small way, and that's really exciting," says Zac Efron who plays an aspiring 23-year-old DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Sep 2015 09:19

The fervent passion of dance

The raucous rhythm of the highly acclaimed New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world's most popular global modern dance companies, raised the roof in Cape Town this week...

By Daniel Dercksen 18 Sep 2015 10:12

Dare to defeat Everest

Mount Everest seduces mountaineering extremists into her magical spell and challenges their humanity to the utmost extreme in the gruelling Everest, an awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain and fiercest predator.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Sep 2015 10:51

A local surfing movie with heart

Die PRO is an absolutely delightful Afrikaans coming-of-age surf film that proudly showcases the best local filmmaking has to offer.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Sep 2015 11:29

A totally outrageous Vacation

Vacation is a riotous comedy in which anything can happen and mostly everything and even more does, taking spending quality time with your family to the extreme.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Sep 2015 10:11

Haunting Dark Places

Heartbreaking secrets are uncovered in Dark Places, a haunting thriller that shines a hopeful light on the human condition and broken lives...

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Sep 2015 11:47

A thrilling visit

It's a strange, strange world in The Visit, and it gets stranger when madness reveals itself.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Sep 2015 12:10

Opera at its best!

Cape Town Opera puts the fun back in opera with its vibrant and lavish staging of The Merry Widow of Malagawi, a not-to-be-missed production that raises the roof at the Artscape Opera until 12 September.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Sep 2015 09:23

Meryl Streep rocks

Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist in Ricki and the Flash, a guitar heroine who gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Sep 2015 11:59

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