Born and bred in South Africa, David has loved theatre since the day he set foot on stage in his preschool nativity play. He graduated with a Master of Arts (Theatre and Performance) degree from the University of Cape Town in 2005, having previously graduated from the same university with a First Class Honours in Drama in 2002. An ardent essayist, David won the Keswick Prize for Lucidity for his paper "Homosexual Representation in the Broadway Musical: the development of homosexual identities and relationships from PATIENCE to RENT". Currently, he teaches Dramatic Arts at a high school in Cape Town and also freelances as a theatremaker and performer.
BWW Reviews: KickstArt Gets Clever and Kinky with VENUS IN FUR
June 16, 2013
In Christopher Hampton's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, Rosamonde says 'The only thing which might surprise one is how little the world changes.' This is certainly one thought that comes to mind upon viewing David Ives's VENUS IN FUR.
BWW Reviews: Room for Doubt in Sugar-Daddy's LADY LUCK at the Intimate Theatre
May 26, 2013
The Sugar-daddy Theatre Company's production of LADY LUCK is a pretty bleak affair. Relentlessly nihilistic, the play is set in Cape Town's seedy underbelly, a world in which exotic dancers mingle with mobsters and where loan sharks circle their unfortunate prey.
BWW Reviews: UCT Drama's UNONQAWUSE a Game of Two Halves
May 24, 2013
What is presented in UNONGQAWUSE, THE GIRL WHO KILLED TO SAVE is the seed of a brilliantly revisionist production of Dhlomo's dramatization of this most disturbing chapter of South African history.
BWW Reviews: Engrossing THE AGONY AND ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS from Cape Town's Play Club
May 20, 2013
Play Club is a relatively new initiative in Cape Town, a book club for theatre lovers with the aim of building a sense of community within the local arts scene. With THE AGONY AND ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, Play Club is well on the way to achieving their goal.
BWW Reviews: Power of SANTA'S STORY Diluted by Sentimentality and Nostalgia
May 18, 2013
The experience of SANTA'S STORY as a theatrical performance is thought-provoking, not only in regard to its subject matter but also as an exercise in theatre-making. While the story clearly deals with meaningful issues and ideas, the production handles them in all too pedestrian a fashion.
BWW Reviews: Evocative MIRAKEL a Tribute to the Legacy of Reza de Wet
May 16, 2013
With De Wet's death from leukaemia last year still fresh in the minds of South African theatremakers, the opportunity to see her work on stage is the ultimate tribute to a playwright who was known for her richly imaginative and deeply haunting work.
BWW Reviews: UCT Drama's LA RONDE Doesn't Quite Square the Circle
May 15, 2013
While everything does not quite come together in UCT Drama's production of LA RONDE, the production is still rewarding, with several moments in which the play springs vividly to life.
BWW Reviews: BETWEEN Startles and Unsettles at Alexander Upstairs
May 10, 2013
That most intimate of Capetonian theatre venues, the Alexander Upstairs, is currently home to the professional premiere in South Africa of Oskar Brown's play BETWEEN, an intense exploration of human relationships, heartbreak, heartache, love, lust and social performance.
BWW Reviews: Provocative BROTHERS IN BLOOD at the Artscape Arena
May 5, 2013
BROTHERS IN BLOOD is one of those plays that arrives with a distinguished pedigree thanks to a strong production history, while also owing a great deal to Mike van Graan's reputation as a self-styled cultural activist.
BWW Reviews: Light-Hearted Fun in Pieter Toerien and KickstArt's DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER
April 28, 2013
DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER makes for a good night of light-hearted fun. The play does not demand much of its audience, simply that you go along for the ride.
BWW Reviews: Champion Comedy in The Fugard's CHAMP
April 13, 2013
Currently playing a season at The Fugard Theatre, CHAMP is an outrageous comedy that pulls no punches.
BWW Reviews: THE SPINSTER - Challenging and Emotive Theatre at Alexander Upstairs
April 9, 2013
Somewhere between the traditional feminine archetypes of maiden, mother and crone, there lurk other types of women. In THE SPINSTER, Kyla Davis presents one of these othered figures, challenging the audience's generalised perceptions of old maids and loose women through the story of a person who has chosen to shun typical interpretations of womanhood in the way she lives her life.
BWW Reviews: New 'MASTER HAROLD' Production at the Fugard Packs an Emotional Punch
March 26, 2013
This new production of 'MASTER HAROLD'... AND THE BOYS, directed by Kim Kerfoot, illuminates the material well, not only in its relevance to South Africa's past, but also in its significance to the country's current situation.
BWW Reviews: VOICES MADE NIGHT Ignites the Passions of the Heart
March 21, 2013
'Our passions are kindled when the fuse to our heart is lit.' These words are an accurate description of what happens during VOICES MADE NIGHT, a revival and revisal of one of Magnet Theatre's many physical theatre productions.
Celebrate ASSITEJ's World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People
March 20, 2013
March 20 is the ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People. Just one South African school who took up the challenge to take pupils to the theatre was Springfield Convent Senior School.
Junkets Releases SA GAY PLAYS 2 Anthology
March 4, 2013
Junkets Publishers has announced a new title in their set of play anthology, 'The Collected Series': SA GAY PLAYS 2: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PLAYS 1994 - 2013.
BWW Reviews: Young Dancers the Highlight of DESTINATION... LERATO
February 9, 2013
DESTINATION... LERATO is a mixed bag, but there are several highlights in the hour-long performance.
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING Not Quite the Time of Your Life
February 2, 2013
The commercial success of DIRTY DANCING on stage is a testament to the enduring popularity of the 1987 coming-of-age drama that inspired it.
BWW Reviews: Dark Satire, and a Challenge in THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
January 24, 2013
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS is no fairy tale, but a thrilling political satire and a completely absorbing piece of theatre.
BWW Reviews: Moving KALAHARI KAROO BLUES is a Must-See
January 12, 2013
KALAHARI KAROO BLUES brings to the stage an eclectic group of folk musicians who make magic by sharing their music.
13 in 2013: A look ahead at South African theatre attractions
January 9, 2013
2013 looks set to be an exciting year on South African stages. Here is a look at just 13 of the productions that will take to the boards this year.
2012 South African Theatre Retrospective: Dance and Physical Theatre
January 2, 2013
A look at some of the dance and physical theatre productions South Africa had on offer in the 2012 season.
2012 South African Theatre Retrospective: Cabaret and Comedy
December 31, 2012
A look at some of the cabaret and comedy shows that have appeared on South African stages in 2012.
2012 South African Theatre Retrospective: Opera and Musical Theatre
December 31, 2012
A look at some of the musicals and operas South Africa had on offer in the 2012 season.
2012 South African Theatre Retrospective: The Plays
December 28, 2012
A look at a baker's dozen of the plays South Africa had on offer in the 2012 season, with input from local actors, theatre owners and producers.
BWW Reviews: Passionate KINGDOM OF EARTH Impresses at the Artscape Arena
December 18, 2012
No other piece on Cape Town stages between now and the end of 2012 will give you the complex experience or catharsis that KINGDOM OF EARTH does.
BWW Reviews: So-So Retelling of Kipling's Classic JUST SO STORIES at the V&A Waterfront
December 16, 2012
JUST SO STORIES has the potential to be great children's theatre, but it is just so-so, falling short in both the scripting and performances.
BWW Reviews: Effusive Fun at the Kalk Bay Theatre with FACE THE MUSIC 2
December 14, 2012
FACE THE MUSIC 2 is a great night out for a group of friends looking for a good time this festive season.
BWW Reviews: Moving and Jolly MINNIE AND JOHNSON at the Kalk Bay Theatre
December 2, 2012
Cape Town audiences do not have many chances to see MINNIE AND JOHNSON, which is a pity. Whether you have seen them before, either alone or together, this is a show that will lift your spirits and banish your bad day or year-end blues.
BWW Reviews: Diverting and Thought-Provoking SPECIAL THANKS TO GUESTS FROM AFAR at Artscape Arena
November 13, 2012
In SPECIAL THANKS TO GUESTS FROM AFAR, Nicholas Spagnoletti has crafted a play that is both diverting and thought-provoking, one that has been brought to life vividly by director Matthew Wild, but which also narrowly misses being a truly remarkable new South African play.
BWW Reviews: Compelling Comedy with Martin Evans in FBPK at the Kalk Bay Theatre
November 9, 2012
As the opening of FBPK rolled around, I was wondering whether I needed a break from comedy. As it turned out, this show, by Martin Evans, turned out to be the best comedy show I have seen in the last 18 months.
BWW Reviews: Evocative and Memorable RED at Theatre on the Bay
November 3, 2012
When I heard that RED would run briefly at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town after a successful premiere at the National Arts Festival three months ago, I made sure that I would be able to see it. And, I am pleased to say, that the wait was worth it.