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HottFm 107.9 Beach Jam Extravaganza

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first_imgCongo Town – If you imagined a beach jam being all about loads of smashing hits and artists, people laughing and sharing fun while swimming in nearby puddles created by the ocean, think again! During HottFm’s Beach Jam over the weekend, held at Bernard’s Beach, HottFm’s CEO DJ Blue and one of Liberia’s top DJ’s, Weego Zico-Fresh Boy, held the show down by doing the unbelievable, taking it all off – literally.With performances by “Why She Cry” hitmaker Too Sweet, “Bartender” hitmaker F Dot A Dot, “Sender” songwriter Geno, “Look What You Done To Me” artist Cypha D King, and a bunch of others, the crowd was under hypnosis by their newest sensation DJ Mcgrady and the professional sounds coming from the state-of-the-art stage set up by Fidel Samukai. “I’m the newest on set here to change the game, make things happen around here now,” DJ Mcgrady bluffed.Meanwhile, DJ Blue and his team gave away t-shirts, some of the prizes from their partners. It was amazing watching the youths, some wearing slippers and torn clothes, receiving the holiday spirit through giveaways.“I love HottFm, they really know how to touch the people,” stated Musa, a fan who won a chance to sit in on Saturday’s flyest entertainment show, “Disturbing the Peace”.Meanwhile, the ultimate showstopper was when it was time for DJ Blue and his crew to step off the stage and let the artist perform. It began when Weego-Zico took off his shirt and threw it into the crowd, and then everything else followed.After throwing his bangles, beads on his neck, and hat to the excited crowd, when Weego Z-co noticed that there was nothing else left on his skin to throw at the crowd, he took off his US$62 shorts and threw that as well. There was a burst of movements and screams as hundreds ran towards every item that was being thrown by Weego. And then a pair of size 12 shoes followed…’them were DJ BLUE’s.’“Che! These two really killing us oh! Throw yourself too, Blue,” shouted someone in the audience.Weego-Zico now stood half naked in a pair of boxers on a some footies, looking incredibly impressed and pleased with himself for amusing his fans.Who said a beach jam is all about flying blown up balls, kites flying and ladies in bikinis? Just ask HottFm fans what it’s all about.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Power outage in Cecil Lake, Goodlow and Clayhurst areas

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is working to restore power in the Cecil Lake, Clayhurst and Goodlow areas.The outage started at 5:40 a.m. Saturday and is affecting over 500 customers.  The cause of the outage is still under investigation and crews are on site working to restore power.There is no estimate on when power will be restored.- Advertisement -For more updates, visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img

Fire Fighters matching donations made to help family fighting cancer

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Professional Fire Fighters will match donations up to $5,000 for 4-year-old Natalie who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.In a post on Facebook, the group said they would match up to $5,000 with a goal of raising $10,000 to help Natalie’s family with the cost of travelling to Vancouver during her treatment.  A GoFundMe campaign was also created for the family but is only halfway to the $20,000 goal.Donations made to the Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society can receive a tax receipt.  To make a donation, contact Adam at 250-264-2857 or call the Fire Department at 250-785-4333.- Advertisement -Several groups and residents created fundraisers for Natalie in December to also help the family.  The Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society also made a sizeable donation at that time.The Fire Fighters also shared the following update from Natalie’s mother.“Natalie has recently started round 4 chemo, and is tolerating things quite well. Most days her energy level and appetite are back full force. She is well on her way to finishing the first part of the treatment plan which consists of 2 more rounds of chemo and a major surgery to remove her main tumour between her liver and kidney. After that point, we are moving into the second phase which is bone marrow transplants, and radiation. As a family we are doing ok with things, she misses her sisters and misses mom when I am back in FSJ with the other two girls. They haven’t seen her yet but hopefully, we can get them down there soon to visit unfortunately the cost of extra medications and living down there is proving to be a bit challenging without the weight of flights added as well. All in all, she is an incredibly strong-willed child and is starting to come back to her normal self which we are all grateful for no less! “Advertisementlast_img read more

Foot patrol gives LAPD a leg up

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first_imgSTUDIO CITY – His gun belt still crackling new, LAPD rookie Munish Bharadwaja strolled down Ventura Boulevard one recent afternoon, past glam boutiques, holistic spas, independent bookstores and vegan cafes. Bharadwaja and partner Brian Casey walked a mile but spotted nothing unusual except the hearty salutations from people happy to see two fully uniformed officers walking the beat. “We’re glad you’re here!” shouted a painter perched high atop a ladder. “Thank you sir!” replied an enthusiastic Bharadwaja. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe two young officers made no arrests, foiled no crime. But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton hopes their routine walk – and thousands more like it – will change the face of policing in Los Angeles. “There have been similar programs in New York and Chicago, and New York speaks for itself as one of the safest cities,” said Lt. Nick Zingo, who oversees the foot patrol portion of the recruits’ training. Bratton handed down the order for foot patrol last August, requiring each class to complete about three weeks of beat patrol before graduating. The goal is to allow rookie police officers the chance to be seen in a positive light, as well as boost public safety. Once they’re in cars, Zingo said, the public views them as just another badge on a blue uniform. “When coppers go out in cars on patrol with their training officers, they see a lot of negative things,” he said. “When you call the police, you don’t call the police for a cup of coffee. You call them when there’s been a crime. That first contact is negative. There’s not a lot of time for public relations.” Last week, recruits flooded the San Fernando Valley, along Ventura and Van Nuys Boulevard. Plans include rotating each new graduating class throughout the Valley. “I can tell you that every geographic area we’ve been in, we’ve seen a significant decrease in crime,” Zingo said. “When they go up and down the street, it’s amazing how many times people say we’re glad to see you.” On the first night the recruits were out walking Mission Division’s tough Foothill Boulevard, no crime was reported, said Valley Deputy Chief Michel Moore. “They extinguished crimes of opportunity before they happened,” Moore said. “It’s a great opportunity for the communities in the San Fernando Valley to be given these added resources. When you get police spread out on a foot beat, good things happen.” During his budget announcement Thursday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked about making the foot patrols a permanent part of police training. “Our budget sets in motion the plan to expand the LAPD by 1,000 officers over the next five years by hiring and recruiting 650 officers in the coming fiscal year,” Villaraigosa said. “As we recruit more officers, we’ll expand foot patrols like this one so that Angelenos won’t have to wait to see the result of their investments.” Meanwhile, back on Ventura Boulevard, Bharadwaja and Casey examined parked cars for possible violations. They each carried pamphlets advising motorists to lock up parked cars and to keep valuables hidden from possible thieves. Casey, a tall, lean 24-year-old from Northern California, and Bharadwaja called walking the beat a privilege, saying it was an honor to finally wear an LAPD uniform after eight months of rigorous physical training and memorizing hundreds of codes for violations. “I can’t think of anything more rewarding that I’d like to do,” said 34-year-old Bharadwaja, who was a vice president of a telecommunications company in Orange County before enlisting in the academy. He holds a degree in social ecology, but he always wanted to help people and police work beckoned. “The public has received us well,” he said. “If we can prevent something from happening, then it proves this works.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

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first_imgSpecial Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Financial Workshop for nonprofits, 9-11 a.m. at the SCV Resource Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-3720. Balloon Lady will visit, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. at Centre Pointe Collision Center, 21150 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 702-6977. Canyon Country Advisory Committee will meet, 7-9 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Al Ferdman at (661) 713-9344. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. THURSDAY Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. 38th AD Democratic organization meeting, 7 p.m. at Carrows Restaurant, 18505 Devonshire St., Northridge. Contact Carole Lutness at carolelutness@earthlink.net. Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association will meet, 6 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Garage Sale fundraiser for Circle of Hope, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 24736 Oak Creek Ave., Newhall. Call Kelly Phen at (661) 259-2003. Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Reptile Club will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call 250-7721. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Emblem Club will have a social, 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-1500. last_img read more

England know they face a battle to win over the public – Gareth Southgate

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first_img1 England are trying to enjoy the moment after booking their place at the 2018 World Cup but Gareth Southgate’s side know they face a battle to win the hearts and minds of a sceptical public.The likes of Portugal, Holland and Italy might cast an envious eye at the Three Lions’ qualification with a trip to Lithuania still to go but Thursday’s arduous Wembley win over Slovenia – a grind on the pitch and a trial in the stands – felt anything but celebratory.Harry Kane’s injury-time effort at least ensured they crossed the line with a victory but with tens of thousands of seats left unclaimed, and those in attendance more entertained by their own paper planes than events on the field, the challenge was to re-engage with a careworn fanbase.Asked if he was enjoying the tricky challenge of leading his country, Southgate said with a chuckle: “Weirdly, I am. Although I am not certain I am standing here thinking ‘well, isn’t it brilliant to qualify for the World Cup, I am feeling all the love’ but I get it.”Euro ’96 is held as the high watermark for the national side in the Premier League era, with an entertaining team capturing the wider imagination on home soil before crashing out to Germany in a semi-final shootout.Southgate, of course, missed the decisive penalty in that match and now finds himself in charge of rekindling the old affection.“They might find it difficult to find much love for me with my history with England! I’ve managed to shoulder that for 20 years,” he said.“My job, my first objective, is to get the country to a World Cup finals. Then make the team as good as we possibly can and that’s what I intend to do. “The more we can play football which excites people and score goals, will of course start to win people over. We’re in an era where it must be difficult for the supporters to relate to players because of what they earn and all of the hullabaloo that is around them. But these are good kids, desperate to play for England.”The treasured status of Euro ’96 relies on many things, including a timeless anthem from the Lightning Seeds, but central to the memory is an England team who conjured Paul Gascoigne’s wonder goal against Scotland and a 4-1 demolition of Holland.All of which provides proof that England do not need to lift the the trophy in Russia next summer to make their mark.“I think to go into the latter stages would be looked on as a success if I’m being honest,” said defender Gary Cahill.“I’m not saying let’s go out in the latter stages and then it’s been great. We’ve seen when England reached the semis in 1996, when Gareth was there, and I remember as a boy that felt massive. Yet we didn’t win.“From the fans’ perspective, if you look at the last time we won anything for England it was a long, long time. So naturally they don’t expect. But I’d like to think everyone is positive and behind us.”Joe Hart, the squad’s most experienced hand with 74 caps and two World Cup campaigns already under his belt, added: “We want to be part of that one special team that does something. It’s not to prove people wrong, it’s to make people happy.“There’s no bigger bug or buzz than being part of a good national team. I really enjoyed my good memories of 1996 and I’d love to give that feeling to some other children.”It is unlikely those youngsters who witnessed this week’s dour encounter felt that magic and Cahill admitted it made for an unusual night at Wembley.“It was a bit strange,” he said. “Of course you want the fans on-side. You want the whole country to be behind the team. It wasn’t fantastic on the eye and yes, there’s a lot we still have to learn, but we’re trying to deliver with a young team.”Hart sympathises with those who have felt let down in recent times, because he counts himself among them.“I’m an England fan too,” he said.“As well as walking off the field gutted at the last tournaments as a player, I understand how people feel. It’s our job to change that. The only way to do that is by doing well at a tournament.“People probably are going to be cynical but at the back everyone’s minds, they want us to do well.” Gareth Southgate last_img read more

Rangers 4-0 Hamilton Accies: First win for Caixinha

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first_imgAccies boss Martin Canning, again without injured skipper Michael Devlin, started without a recognised centre-forward with winger Dougie Imrie the furthest up the pitch for the visitors. Almost inevitably the Govan side took control. There were efforts from midfielder Jason Holt and attacker Waghorn before Hyndman, the 20-year-old United States player on loan from Bournemouth, finished off a fine move which involved Miller and Tavernier, turning the pass from the latter into the net from eight yards out for his fourth goal since arriving in January.It was already appearing to be a comfortable afternoon for Rangers. There were four minute of the first-half remaining when Toral whipped in a free-kick from deep and the 38-year-old Hill was at the back post to gleefully knock in from close range for his sixth of the season. Accies had shown little in the first-half and did little better after the break. Waghorn slammed in the penalty after former Celtic player Massimo Donati fouled him inside the box and it became a case of how many goals for the home side. The Light Blues were playing with some confidence and in the 74th minute Wallace burst in to the Hamilton box with a trademark run and drove the ball in from a tight angle after a fine assist by Waghorn. Accies pushed forward in the final minutes but it was an exercise in futility. Caixinha will face much stiffer tests in the future but, like the Rangers fans, he will be encouraged by his opening appearance. Pedro Caixinha’s tenure as Rangers boss began with a comfortable and stress-free 4-0 Premiership win over Hamilton at Ibrox. Midfielder Emerson Hyndman knocked in a James Tavernier pass in the 25th minute to get the Portuguese coach’s era up and running. Veteran defender Clint Hill, who scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Celtic at Parkhead last week, made it 2-0 in the 41st minute with his third goal in three games.Striker Martyn Waghorn scored from the spot in the 55th minute before skipper Lee Wallace added a fourth in what turned into a stroll. However, the paucity of competition has to be factored into Caixinha’s first appearance on the touchline as Gers boss.Accies lost 6-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup two weeks ago and shipped four at Hearts last week, and they slipped to bottom of the table while the Light Blues remain in third place behind Aberdeen and runaway leaders Celtic. Caixinha, cheered before the game when introduced to the home fans, made just one change with midfielder Jon Toral in for Lee Hodson with James Tavernier moving to right-back and Joe Garner on the bench after returning from suspension. Under-20s coach Graeme Murty, who had been in charge since the departure of Mark Warburton, was in the technical area to lend his assistance. last_img read more

New Fall Fun at the Magic Kingdom

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first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettFall is here! Ok…well it doesn’t feel like it is outside, but it certainly is the pumpkin season according to Walt Disney World. The decorations have gone up, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins on Friday, and the shows at the Magic Kingdom will be seeing some fun fall changes beginning this weekend.First, beginning September 2, the brand new show, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will include an all-new finale scene which will include new costumes, décor, choreography, and a new original song celebrating the season. The show is found on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage and includes Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers. It is performed multiple times a day.In addition, for those who love spending time soaking up all that Main Street USA has to offer, the Main Street Trolley Show will begin its annual fall show this weekend which includes great songs and dancing. If you haven’t ever caught the Trolley Show, you really should.The fall really is my favorite time to visit Walt Disney World and part of it is because of these great experiences you can have at the Magic Kingdom. Who’s ready to celebrate. (Oh and who’s ready for pumpkin-flavored everything?)last_img read more

Marshfield freshmen football shuts out Mosinee

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first_imgTigers force three turnovers, improve to 4-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMOSINEE — Preston Wagner returned a blocked punt 15 yards for the game’s only touchdown to lead the Marshfield freshmen football team to a 10-0 win at Mosinee on Thursday.Alex Wehrman blocked the punt that Wagner scooped up and returned for the score. Ryan Krueger kicked the extra point and added a 24-yard field goal for the Tigers.Isaiah Baierl, Alex Steines, and Justin Stanek were the leading tacklers; D.J. Zimmermann and Austin Mientke had interceptions; and Bentley Schwanebeck-Osterman recovered a fumble for the Marshfield defense.Marshfield (4-1) hosts Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 1. The game is at 4:30 p.m. at Marshfield High School.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Godot a hit with South African audiences

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first_img(L to r) Matthew Kelly (Pozzo), Sir Ian McKellen (Estragon), Brendan O’Hea (Lucky), and Roger Rees (Vladimir) in Waiting for Godot. The play performed to a packed house inthe Cape Town township of Khayelitsha. Theappreciative audience was admitted on a pay-what-you-can basis. (Images: The Famous Idea Trading Co.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gilly HemphillPublicist, The Famous Idea Trading Co.+27 21 886 4900 or +27 82 820 8584 RELATED ARTICLES • New Fugard play takes to stage • Opera for and from Africa • Showy and subversive: Holy Afro!• Farce for farce’s sakeChris ThurmanWhen Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – a play in which the second act is a distorted mirror of the first – was first performed in the 1950s, a bemused critic wrote: “Nothing happens, twice”. Yet that same reviewer (Vivian Mercier) also acknowledged that the playwright “keeps audiences glued to their seats”.Indeed, Waiting for Godot subsequently became one of the most celebrated and widely performed plays of the 20th century. So “nothing” has been happening an awful lot on stages across the globe over the last five decades.Vladimir and Estragon, two down-and-out tramps, wait under a dead tree on a nameless road for the appearance of a mysterious Mr Godot.With only one another’s company to relieve the monotony of their (ultimately unfulfilled) expectation, they pass the time bickering and singing, remembering and complaining, laughing and crying, until they encounter another duo desperately searching for meaning: the master-and-slave Pozzo and Lucky.“Didi” and “Gogo” – nicknames demonstrating the intimacy of their relationship, despite their constant disagreements – are by turns clowns and poets. They are preoccupied by physical discomfort, but every so often they voice profound metaphysical questions. Godot is an enigma because these questions are never quite answered … unless, of course, the answer is “nothing”.“Nothing” happened in South Africa for two weeks between 31 July and 14 August – twice, every night, at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.Directed by Sean Matthias, the production’s major selling point was the appearance of Sir Ian McKellen: “Gandalf waits for Godot”, as one newspaper headline recently put it (alluding to his wizardly role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films). Matthias and McKellen have worked together on various projects over the last thirty years, and their creative partnership is justifiably acclaimed.But Waiting for Godot is not a one-man play, and it is somewhat short-sighted to give McKellen the sole billing; after all, he shared the stage with the equally distinguished Roger Rees (who, like McKellen, is an established Shakespearean actor), Matthew Kelly and Brendan O’Hea. The production has toured internationally, and the Cape Town performances marked the end of a two-year run.South African tradition of BeckettUnsurprisingly, this particular Godot has been hailed as the best yet seen in South Africa, evincing both the light comedy and the heavy pathos to be found in Beckett’s script. This description is only possible, however, precisely because there is such a long local tradition of performing the play.Just a few months ago, award-winning author and occasional theatre practitioner Damon Galgut directed a production at Cape Town’s Little Theatre starring the formidable quartet of David Isaacs, Oscar Peterson, Martin Le Maitre and Graham Weir.Galgut has suggested that “this is not a society, for obvious historical reasons, that has been given to existential musing about the larger meaning of life … we have been very caught up in urgent and immediate questions, so Godot is a step into territory that SA theatre has tended not to look at”.This assertion is not self-evident. Instead, one may argue, the political oppression and material privation either directly observed or personally experienced by South African theatre-makers ought inevitably to lead to wider “existential” questions. Why do human beings treat each other the way they do? How can life be made meaningful in what seems to be an absurd, cruel, unjust universe?Many of the plays of Athol Fugard, for instance, depict characters facing dilemmas that are the result of both specific socio-political conditions under apartheid and the universal “human condition”.Fugard has acknowledged his debt to Beckett; one could even go so far as to say that we wouldn’t have had Boesman and Lena (1969), or Johnny and Hester from Hello and Goodbye (1965), or even the prisoners in The Island (which Fugard co-wrote with John Kani and Winston Ntshona in 1973), were it not for the disenfranchised pair of Vladimir and Estragon.The casting of two “coloured” actors in these roles in Galgut’s production earlier this year was significant to many audience members, who identified the characters with the thousands of homeless and ostracised “coloured” people living in the Western Cape.A more deliberate attempt at making South Africa’s fraught history of race relations part of the subtext of the play was seen in 2002, when Lara Foot Newton directed Waiting for Godot – in Africa. Here, Lionel Newton and Seputla Sebogodi teamed up as Didi and Gogo, with Robert Whitehead and Bheki Vilakazi as Pozzo and Lucky.Generations of South African thespians have grappled with the text. As early as 1962, Fugard himself directed a production of Godot starring Cornie Mabusa, David Phetoe and Gilbert Xaba. Some twenty years later it was the turn of young actors who would later become household names, such as Bill Flynn and Pieter-Dirk Uys. Another two decades after that, a group of inmates at Pollsmoor Prison put on their own version of Godot.Local inflectionsIt’s clear that South African performances of Waiting for Godot have manifold local inflections. In fact, this is true of various other works by Beckett.The Mechanicals, a group of Cape-based theatre practitioners whose repertory seasons of iconic texts have started to develop a popular following, are currently performing Endgame at the Intimate Theatre in Cape Town until the end of August.This play, which Beckett once described as a kind of companion piece to Godot, centres on a master-slave relationship of mutual dependence and resentment – the unfortunate Clov scuttles around a room doing the bidding of the tyrannical but helpless Hamm. Endgame also examines the problems of memory (the recreation and disavowal of the past) and confronts the bleak prospect of apocalypse.At the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2009 and 2010, Irish husband-and-wife team Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett introduced South African audiences to their theatrical adaptations of some of Beckett’s prose writing.Like the plays, these works contain that inimitable Beckettian blend of black humour and grave pessimism. But always, in the background of his characters’ personal troubles and psychoses, are national questions. Beckett’s troubled relationship with his Irish homeland is too complex to discuss here; but it is worth bearing in mind that the story of Ireland is, in many ways, the story of a liberation struggle against a colonial oppressor.Perhaps, then, it’s not too surprising that Beckett’s work – even though it can be obscure and opaque – strikes South African audiences with a particular resonance. No doubt this latest Godot will soon be followed by another production of the famous play; so, even if you missed McKellen and company, you won’t have to wait too long.last_img read more