Some art forms are better suited than others to reflect particular historical moments. In this column a few weeks ago I suggested that photographs capture the horrors of King Leopold’s Congo in a way that even lauded SA actors such as John Kani and Robert Whitehead cannot. But last week I celebrated Matilda: The Musical as a piece of theatre that speaks to “our time”. If readers are hankering for a return to the visual arts scene, I apologise; there will probably be more theatre next week. SA’s performing artists could do with greater coverage in this country’s mediascape. After all, they have to contend with what must be a common instinctive thought among their fellow citizens: why pay money and leave home to see a show when there is plenty of “reality drama” to watch onscreen? It’s locally produced, it’s packed with infighting and intrigue, and it’s free. I am talking, of course, about footage from the National Assembly. We have come a long way from the dull and drowsy days when t...

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