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Daniel Dercksen

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


As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen has been a contributor for Lifestyle since 2012. Visit
Warm up your winter blues with free opera, ballet and theatre streamings

Here are some free opera, ballet and theatre streamings you can catch during these wintery lockdown times...

By Daniel Dercksen 1 day ago

Theatre, opera and ballet streamings to watch this weekend

Stream opera, theatre and ballet content online from your home while theatres are closed...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jul 2020

Theatre, opera and musical streamings to watch this weekend

There's an abundance of live theatre, opera and musical streamings that you can watch in the comfort of your home...

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Jun 2020

Free ballet, opera and theatre screenings you can catch online

Here's a list of free online ballet, opera and theatre screenings you can stream while you continue social distancing during the Level 3 lockdown...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Jun 2020

Enjoy a feast of free National Theatre and Met Opera streamings during lockdown

If you are looking for world-class entertainment in the comfort and safety of your house during the lockdown, you can indulge in daily free streamings from the National Theatre in London and the Met Opera in New York...

By Daniel Dercksen 8 May 2020

Celebrated screenwriter Tertius Kapp talks about 'Griekwastad'

Daniel Dercksen chats with Tertius Kapp, who wrote the screenplay for Griekwastad, the true story of the cruel acts which shook the world to its core in 2012...

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Apr 2020

Johnny Breedt talks 'Sergio' on Netflix, Covid-19's effects on film industry

Production designer and filmmaker Johnny Breedt talks about Sergio and how the coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the entertainment industry...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Apr 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'I Still Believe'

There is only one film released in South African cinemas, this week, I Still Believe. A Quiet Place Part II and Military Wives will not be released due the international coronavirus pandemic...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Mar 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Emma', 'Bloodshot' and 'Moffie'

Films opening at cinemas in South Africa, this week, include a Jane Austen adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma; Cape Town-born David SF Wilson's feature film directorial debut, which stars Vin Diesel, Bloodshot; a new film from Clint Eastwood, Richard Jewell; and Oliver Hermanus's exploration of gay life in the South African military in the 1980s, Moffie...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Mar 2020

Oliver Hermanus talks de-nuclearising a gay slur with his new film, 'Moffie'

Daniel Dercksen chats to South African-born film director, writer and photographer Oliver Hermanus about latest film Moffie...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Mar 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Onward', 'The Gentlemen' and 'The Photograph'

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, including Pixar's new animated adventure, Onward; a reimagining of the classic Grimms fairytale, Gretel and Hansel; a team-up between Matthew McConaughey and Guy Ritchie in The Gentlemen; and a love story starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, The Photograph...

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Mar 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Knuckle City', 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Informer'

Knuckle City; The Invisible Man, The Call Of The Wild and The Informer open at local cinemas this week..

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Little Women', 'Just Mercy' and 'Brams: The Boy 2'

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Little Women', Just Mercy, Brams:The Boy 2 and the Met Opera's Porgy and Bess...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Vergeet My Nie', 'Ordinary Love' and 'Bhai's Café'

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include local films Vergeet My Nie and Bhai's Café; Ordinary Love; Queen & Slim; and Blumhouse's Fantasy Island...

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Feb 2020

'Vergeet My Nie' director André Velts talks the universal appeal of love stories

Daniel Dercksen chats with director André Velts ahead of the release of his new film, Vergeet My Nie in local cinemas tomorrow, 14 February...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Jojo Rabbit', 'Birds of Prey' and 'Blue Story'

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, include , Jojo Rabbit; Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and Blue Story...

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Poppie Nongena', 'The Turning' and 'Dark Waters'

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, Poppie Nongena; Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life; Dark Waters; The Turning; Like A Boss; Mosley; and the Met Opera Live on The Big Screen...

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Jan 2020

Christiaan Olwagen talks the modern-day relevance of Poppie Nongena

Celebrated filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen chats to Daniel Dercksen about bringing Poppie Nongena to life on film..

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Bombshell', 'Bad Boys For Life' and 'Street Dancer'

The films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include, Bombshell; Bad Boys For Life, Arctic Justice; and Street Dancer...

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 1917, Les Misérables and The Grudge

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Sam Mendes's Oscar-nominated World War I epic, 1917; Ladj Ly's Oscar-nominated full-length feature film debut, Les Misérables; and a reboot of The Grudge...

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Jan 2020

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