Klara van Rooyen

Klara van Rooyen resides in Cape Town. She currently writes reviews in English for BroadwayWorld South Africa, but also writes in Afrikaans for other publications. She completed her BA Honours degree in Drama & Theatre Studies (cum laude) in 2021 and currently works in the publishing industry. Klara van Rooyen has been selected to participate in the 2023 STAND theatre review workshop.

World Theatre Day 2024: Klara van Rooyen responds

Naomi Meyer, Klara van Rooyen Lifestyle and entertainment 2024-04-02

"It is often said that South Africa does not have a theatre-going culture, so the day is a good tool to remind the public that theatre exists. I say this partly in jest, because performance and storytelling are part of our country’s cultural core and we are natural audience members (if we break away from stereotypical ideas of 'theatre')."

LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop: Klara van Rooyen's review of Droomkraan-kronieke (final version)

Klara van Rooyen Slypskole 2024-02-08

"The scenes using physical theatre create strange tapestries akin to the moments of absurdism when dreaming, while the use of puppetry introduces an ancient magic that captures the folklore of the Karoo people." | This review is Klara van Rooyen’s final, reworked version after receiving mentor feedback as part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Droomkraan-kronieke (version 2)

Klara van Rooyen Slypskole 2023-11-21

"Droomkraan-kronieke is recommended for audiences who seek to be enraptured and desire a dynamic theatre-going experience." | This review was revised and updated by the participant. This is the second version of this review, which forms part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Droomkraan-kronieke (version 1)

Klara van Rooyen Slypskole 2023-10-25

"The use of puppetry introduces an ancient elemental magic that captures the folklore and imbedded oral storytelling of its Karoo people." | This review is part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

Die dag toe Guppie sweef: a review | Toyota US Woordfees 2023

Klara van Rooyen Toyota US Woordfees 2023-10-19

"Die dag toe Guppie sweef is unique children’s theatre that refrains from being didactic. For children who are growing up in an increasingly complicated world, and in a country with fraught tensions, it is essential that we encourage them to ponder solutions rather than prescribing them with answers. And to listen, dream and take a good leap of faith when needed – much like Guppie."

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