VR Theatrical by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc present The Mystery of Irma Vep, in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 5 July 2017

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Starring: Jonathan Roxmouth & Weslee Swain Lauder
Presented by: VR Theatrical at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg and Theatre On The Bay in Cape Town between 5 July and 19 August 2017.

Jonathan Roxmouth (Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), one of the biggest names in South African theatre, stars with the inimitable Weslee Swain Lauder (Sweeney Todd, Janice Honeyman’s Peter Pan, Starlight Express) in The Mystery of Irma Vep as they have never been seen before! The acclaimed play is conceived and written by Charles Ludlum, directed by Elizma Badenhorst (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, I Love you, You’re perfect, Now Change) with an original score by Wessel Odendaal.

On a remote manor called Mandacrest, something is amiss. Between the horrors of a marauding beast terrorizing the estate and the looming presence of the recently deceased former mistress Irma Vep, matters become awkward in the extreme for Lord Edgar and his new wife, Lady Enid. In this side-splitting comedy, you’ll be taken from the moors of England to the tombs of Egypt and back again, encountering along the way a host of vampires, werewolves, mummies and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

The Mystery of Irma Vep is a satire of several theatrical, literary and film genres, including Victorian melodrama, farce, the penny dreadful, Wuthering Heights and the Alfred Hitchcock film, Rebecca. The cast of eight characters in this deliciously decadent ‘whodunnit?’ – lunatics, beasts, ghouls and gentlefolk – are played by only two actors who swop character and costumes faster than you can say ‘vampire!’. The intricate wardrobe design is by Pierre du Plessis, scenic design is by Nadine and Louis Minnaar and lighting design is by Oliver Hauser.

The production will be on the boards at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre at Montecasino from 5 to 30 July and at Theatre On The Bay in Cape Town from 2 to 19 August. Bookings through Computicket http://bit.ly/IrmaVepComputicket. Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBIrmaVepSA / Twitter: @VRTheatrical ends

More about VR Theatrical – Jaco van Rensburg’s VR Theatrical’s previous co-productions, under the banner VRG Theatrical, include 5 time Naledi Award nominated I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and the more recent double Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award winning hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch that was presented at Gate69 in Cape Town.

GAUTENG CHARITY RECEIVES CASH DONATION FROM LGBTI COMMUNITY

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A Gauteng-based charity supporting and uplifting people and communities in need received a financial boost through an LGBTI fundraising initiative in Johannesburg.

 

Representatives from PandaCrew attended the latest Conversations Johannesburg event at Crowne Plaza Johannesburg in Rosebank to take receipt of a cheque for R25 303.00. Conversations Johannesburg, launched in November 2014, is a monthly networking event for gay and lesbian professionals living and working in and around the City of Gold. To date, there have been twenty-one highly successful events hosted in upmarket hotels and bars stretching from Bryanston to Braamfontein. Conversations launched in Cape Town in October 2013.

 

As well as facilitating face-to-face conversations between gay and lesbian professionals, be it for business or social networking purposes, Conversations is also socially responsible by raising money for and awareness of local charities. The money raised for PandaCrew partly came from the door charge paid by the attendees at the events from July 2015 to June 2016. The R25 303 also includes generous donation of R5 500 from the Cosmetic and Dental Emporium.

 

PandaCrew, launched in late 2014, aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives by helping out in whatever way they can wherever they see a need for some form of assistance.

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22nd Birthday Edition – On Sale 10 Dec 2016

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Castro’s death is a time to reflect on facts…

 Fidel Castro: 13 Aug 1926 – 25 Nov 2016
“I read with great interest in the media various views about Fidel Castro who passed away on
25 November 2016. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976
and then served as President from 1976 to 2006 when his brother Raul took over.”
 
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We are celebrating our 22nd birthday with the publishing of our beautiful annual large format Special Collectors’ Edition that will be on sale mid-December 2016 till mid-March 2017. We still have some space available for entrepreneurs or small business owners who would like to market their business to our affluent readers. We have some very creative ways to make paying easy and depending on the number of editions booked, the lower the advertising costs and the longer the payment period. Go on, give us a try and get in touch!

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Movember: Is about more than just the Mo Bros

Sign up now and donate! Movember, the hairiest month of the year is here with less than 15 days left to mo!

 

Marked here and around the globe for the past 13 years in 21 countries, Movember sees Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (as they are affectionately known) raise funds and awareness around the often ignored issues of men’s health. While Movember may be all about men’s health, Mo Sistas can sign up and support their fathers, brothers, sons and husbands.

 

Legendary Mo Sista Heather Clark, once ranked among the top three women surfers in the world and with multiple championships under her belt, she is excited to be a Movember Ambassador.

 

“I have always thought Movember was just a ‘guy’ thing and when my close friend explained it all to me I was really excited to know that women are getting involved and I am always willing to support the awareness of cancer,” she said.

 

Clark had seen the effect of cancer on both her parents. “I shaved my head for breast cancer awareness for my mom. For my dad who has prostate cancer… I can’t grow a moustache but I will definitely throw away my razor for November and support Movember,” says Clark.

 

Clark encourages women to play a role in the health of their male loved ones. “Give them support and positivity and encourage the checkups and never to lose faith. To men I say keep smiling; a positive attitude has more power than any illness.”

 

“Prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity are some of the biggest health issues facing men today,” says Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which drives Movember in South Africa.

 

In South Africa, there are 23 suicides daily, with over 200 attempts per day. Globally, 510 000 men die from suicide each year. That’s one every minute. On average five South African men will die from prostate cancer every day and one in 29 men has a risk of testicular cancer.

 

“It’s simple. We want men to live happier, healthier, longer lives. Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing this health crisis and it’s not being talked about. We can’t afford to stay silent. We need to talk about it. We need to act. We want men to talk when things get tough,” Gsell explains.

 

Through Movember’s year-round awareness and education programmes, they encourage men to become more aware of their health, talk more with their friends and be more physically active, improving their health and well-being.

 

“Early detection is the most important factor in treating big issues. Know your family history and if you notice something isn’t feeling right, don’t put it off and hope it goes away. Annual health checks are vital, along with a monthly testicular self-examination which can help make you aware of your body and able to note any changes,”Gsell says.

 

Don’t get left out of what has become the biggest men’s health movement of our time. Help change the face of men’s health. Grow a Mo. Support a Bro. Commit to MOVE or hold and attend an event. Sign up for free at movember.com. For more info, download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

 

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MARCUSE LAUNCHES NEW SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

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SPRING 2016 Edition soon on sale!

We have just gone to print with our new edition and its chock full of interesting articles. We look at relationships with large age gaps, educating teachers to be more sensitive to LGBTI youth and demystifying bisexuality. There are also a few HOT guys from Dylan Rosser’s new book Naked in Ibiza. Cyndi Lauper puts in an appearance and we have some great travel content from as far afield as the incredible Thanda Island in Tanzania, to getting lucky in Tasmania.

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Chefs who share

The culinary event that cares is back.

In September, renowned international chefs will descend on Johannesburg to cook alongside South Africa’s finest talent in aid of charity in the annual Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving event.

This is the first time that this exciting concept, consisting of a series of events, takes to South Africa’s City of Gold, and, according to the co-founder of the event, Barbara Lenhard, “It promises to be a culinary and creative showcase that will take Johannesburg by storm.”

The series of events includes the participation of Swiss Chef Reto Mathis from Mathis Food Affairs, UK-based Indian Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, German Chef Anton Schmaus from Restaurant Storstad, and Mauritius-based Chef Vincent Rodier from LUX Resorts and Hotels.

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These kitchen heroes will be joined by the cream of the crop of South African chefs for a series of special evenings, starting 19 September and culminating in the black-tie Grand Gala on 24 September. At this highlight, the fourteen top chefs will lend their time and creativity to, in seven teams, create culinary wonders for 252 guests only.

Local culinary stars who will participate this year include Margot Janse from the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Rudi Liebenberg from the Mount Nelson Hotel, Chris Erasmus from Foliage, Candice Philip from the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Dirk Gieselmann from the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff and Chef Christo Pretorius from The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, as well as Jason Millar and Ronald Ramsamy, both with Sun International.

The seven teams create unique individual menus, which will be expertly paired with the best South African wines as selected by the seven acclaimed local sommeliers.   

On the evening of the Grand Gala, works donated by renowned local and international artists, as well as once-off, unique experiences, will be live auctioned. “This auction is traditionally an absolute highlight and the generosity of guests is what makes the difference,” says Lenhard.

All funds raised on the evening will go towards youth development, amongst others, The Veggie Box Initiative. This ongoing project provides nutritious meals for children, nutritional education and aids in developing sustainable vegetable gardens in underprivileged communities. Other charities that will benefit from funds raised this year, include MAD Leadership Foundation and the Click Foundation.

“This event is not just about raising money or enjoying delicious food and buying beautiful art. It is about making a difference. I’m very honoured that the money raised through the week’s various events goes towards changing children’s lives for the better and contributes to making South Africa the special place that it deserves to be.” says Florian Gast, co-founder and trustee.

Through the successful events of the previous three years held in Cape Town, a total of R6,1 Million was raised. Other charities that will benefit from funds raised this year, include MAD Leadership Foundation and the Click Foundation.

Monday, 19 September: Opening Function: Art Preview cocktail evening at The Maslow.

Tuesday, 20 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Dom Pérignon dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff with Dirk Gieselmann and UK-based Indian Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia (Tickets for sale).

Wednesday, 21 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Moët & Chandon dinner at the Maslow with Jason Millar and an international top chef (Tickets for sale).

Thursday, 22 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Ruinart Blanc dinner at the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa with Candice Philip and Swiss Chef Reto Mathis from Mathis Food Affairs (Tickets for sale).

Friday, 23 September: Chefs and volunteers cook with the Veggie Box Initiative for a community project.

Saturday, 24 September: Grand Gala at the Johannesburg City Hall – Only 252 tickets available at R3 000 per person.

www.chefswhoshare.com