I love theatre, really really love theatre. It brings meaning to a world that often feels meaningless, makes sense of the senseless and acts as a catalyst for difficult conversations.

There are few experiences that match the magic created during a live performance, that unexplainable alchemy between actor and audience.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of watching hundreds of performances in my role as critic, curator, panel member, judge and convenor. First and foremost, though I am an audience member and each time I sit and wait in anticipation as the houselights dim I am struck anew by the beauty of this ancient art. I would love to share that with you. I’ll let you know what stirs my soul, quickens my pulse and occasionally, what makes my blood boil.


Tracey Saunders is a theatre lover, scholar, curator and critic. A founding member & president of the South African chapter of the International Association of Theatre Critics, she has contributed as a freelance arts journalist to The Cape Times, the Sunday Times, the Financial Mail, The Journalist and The Weekend Special. She was the convenor of the Ovations Awards panel at the National Arts Festival from 2016 -2018, the Cape Town Fringe Awards panel in 2016 and has been a member of the Kanna Awards Panel at the KKNK and longstanding member of the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards Panel. She curated the Arena Platform at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda in 2017 & 2018. She is the current chairperson of the boards of Theatre Arts and the FTH:K Theatre company and a board member of Theatre in the Backyard & Philisa Abafazi Bethu. She has previously served on the board of the Jungle Theatre company and worked at the Community Arts Project in Woodstock. She is a firm believer in the power of arts in general and theatre in particular as a catalyst for social justice & its ability to contribute to the growth and development of South Africa and She daylights as an Admin Manager in the Hydrogeological Industry.