TOPSY TURVY, 60 MINS, FRI 14H45, FRI 19H00, SAT 19H00, R 80
The Actors Unemployed Company is BACK! Distressed and dismayed with the state of theatre in South Africa, they have found the culprits behind our current cultural dilemma… YOU! Come and be educated in the proper manner in which to attend theatre, how to worship your actors, and be amazed at the range of entertainments you can enjoy at a theatre! Drama! Comedy! Farce! Dance! And MUSICALS! All performed lovingly, and with great talent and skill by 3 young men (who sometimes wear dresses) who aren’t at all interested in stealing your wallet or your daughters!
MEM HALL, 80 MINS, FRI 18H00, SAT 17H15, R 160
S In this new play by Rosalind Butler, Tony, a man in his late thirties, prepares a romantic dinner for two. He is shocked when Rachel, his ex-fiancée, arrives. An awkward evening ensues ! Rachel is still angry. Tony is still guilty. The attraction between them is strong. Tony is a casebook commitment phobe, Rachel’s biological clock is deafening.
Rachel’s ex-best friend, Lucy, the intended guest arrives. The three are forced to confront their infidelities, hopes, dreams, disappointments and the truth! Do children need a father? Is marriage out-dated? Is fidelity possible in a long-term relationship? Does the sisterhood code actually exist? Is love enough? Funny, painful and contemporary, this play explores late thirties’ relationship mayhem.
Directed by Craig Freimond, it stars Charmaine Weir Smith, Jaci de Villiers and Antony Coleman.
MEM HALL, 65 MINS, FRI 09H00, SAT 20H00, SUN 15H30, R 130
A Conspiracy of Clowns is proud to present their award-winning, runaway smash-hit show, already booked by the Amsterdam Fringe for 2014!! Devised and performed by Andrew Buckland and Liezl de Kock under the direction of Rob Murray, with design by Jayne Batzofin, Crazy in Love is the tragicomic story of a father-daughter search for his missing bride and her mother.
When the independent and free-spirited Leon (Andrew Buckland) is abandoned at the altar, he is left literally holding the baby. From his grief comes a singular vow: to travel the country with his infant daughter, Ginny (Liezl de Kock), until he finds his lost love and their trinity can be reunited. His quest quickly becomes an obsession, and at each town they reach where they can’t find her, he tattoos that town name on his skin. It is now some fifteen years later…..
"Andrew Buckland and Liezl De Kock induce both joy and heartache in their Ovation award-winning production...a heart-wrenching tale...Beautiful, moving and expertly presented, Crazy in Love should feature on the itinerary of every Festival-goer." – CUE
PLEASE NOTE: Crazy in Love has a 16 age restriction for strong language and implied violence. We advise that it is unsuitable for young children.
GRINDROD BANK THEATRE, 90 MINS, SAT 1245, SUN 10H00, R 155
Thinskin in association with the Witness Hilton Arts Festival present John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer prize and Tony Award winning play, Doubt A Parable.
Doubt is a provocative and gripping story of suspicion and suspense! Set in 1964, the play could not be more contemporary in its examination of a priest suspected of misconduct.
When Sister Aloysius, a rigid Bronx school principal, accuses a progressive and engaging priest, Father Flynn, of having improper relations with a young male student, she inadvertently raises questions that force her to confront the foundation of her own moral certainty. Dynamic yet subtle, manipulative yet full of empathy, Doubt is a beautifully balanced drama that draws its power from its ambiguity. In lean, potent and passionate language, John Patrick Shanley courageously leads us into the shadowy and elusive realm of human nature and ultimate truth.
CHAPEL, 60 MINS, THURS 09H30, FRI 09H00, SAT 10H00, R 100
For the first time at the festival comes this wonderful teller of tales …
Dr. Gcina Mhlophe is KZN’s own gemstone - author, poet, playwright, director, performer and storyteller. Influenced by her grandmother’s tales when she was a child, Mhlophe’s written and performance talent has taken her far and wide from the Royal Albert Hall to the Kennedy Centre .
Come and listen to stories from the very heart of Africa and remember …. she will beguile all children under the age of 95!
MEM HALL, 70 MINS, FRI 14H45, SAT 15H00, SUN 12H30, R 130
Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company is proud to present their new work, fresh from its National Arts Festival success! This is an exciting South African story seen through the lens of a good ol’ Western movie!!!
Welcome to the Wild Wild East…ern Cape. A small trading store on a derelict stretch of land (or is it a Western saloon?) sees the gathering of a family to settle an age old land issue. But the family is riddled with secrets, and these have a way of coming out. The stage is set for an apocalyptic showdown as ambitions, dreams, modern cowboys, tall tales, frontier myths, and cultures clash in an inevitable showdown. For it is said that there stalks an avenging angel through this land, and he is hellbent on Judgement Day…
Widely known and respected for its high performance style of action, song, and comic physical theatre, Ubom! teams up again with the legendary Andrew Buckland and director, Rob Murray . Devised and performed by Buckland, Elisha Mudley, Sparky Xulu, Seneliso Dladla, Thami Baba, Megan van Wyk, and Luvuyo Yanta, it is directed by Murray and designed by Catherine Jacot-Guillarmod.
“…splendidly inventive…[a] gleeful, heartfelt graphic novel of a production, complete with avenging angel and his sexy, deadly female sidekick…At heart, Hoss is as serious as today’s headlines and history books. It’s just goshdarn so much more entertainin’!” – NIGEL VERMAAS, CUE
SPAR DRAMA CENTRE, 65 MINS, FRI 18H00; SAT 14H00; SUN 10H00, R 140
In this comedy/farce, the Hodgkins family home try to adapt to the arrival of Granny, a spirited woman who is young at heart and who appreciates an early morning brandy to get the day started. The multi-award-winning actress, Louise Saint-Claire, has teamed up with writer-director Greg Homann (Brothers in Blood, Delirium, The Pirates of Penzance) in creating this hilarious one-woman play.
Saint-Claire plays all the characters including a bonkers granny, a "like, whatever" princess who only talks in SMS speak, and a stuttering adolescent trying to understand this zany household.
If you want a good laugh created by a duo at the top of their game, then don't miss this inventive and wacky comedy!
Written and directed by Homann, this new play premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2012 where it won a Standard Bank Ovation Award.
"This show is impossible to giggle at; belly laughs are the default response." - BRUCE DENNILL (The Citizen, 08 July 2012)
SPAR DRAMA CENTRE, 60 MINS, FRI 20H15; SAT 16H15, R 90
Thinskin presents the debut of Janna Ramos-Violante's new work starring Glen Biederman and Jenna Dunster. When Annie, a quirky Irish actress, knocks on Greg, a young agoraphobic writer's, door, what appears to be the start of a romance turns into a dangerous and provocative story of a damaged man whose fear of leaving the front door pushes all sorts of boundries.
Janna is well-known to Hilton audiences, having been in several Kickstart productions in the last few years, starring in the provocative Venus and Fur last year. She is a playwright of fine ability as well as an award winning actress.
Her two recent plays, Mein Soldat and Callum’s Will have garnered great critical praise over the past few years, have been heaped with nominations and awards and have played to great public acclaim. Phobic promises to follow suit.
MEM HALL, 75 MINS, FRI 11H30, FRI 20H30; SAT 10H00, R 145
PRESENTED BY ARTSCAPE.
April 1994 - the “Rainbow Nation” is born. Ellen Robinson (Jennifer Steyn), a suburban mom, adopts Lindiwe Robinson (Kertice Maitisa), a born-free orphan who has lost her parents. Fast forward to 2012. Something happens that not only challenges the mother-daughter relationship, but brings to the surface the scars of a country still struggling to heal itself of its divided past. This play, written by Mike van Graan and directed by Lara Bye, explores the complexities of contemporary South African relationships, layered with dollops of humour. Just like van Graan’s Brothers in Blood, here again is a play which ought to be compulsory viewing for all South Africans.
Airfares sponsored by Tony Thoms, Roderick and Rosemary Draper.
CFI, 45 MINS, FRI 09H00 & 11H30, SAT 11H30, R 70
Eureka Productions present Greig Coetzee's engaging, vibrant and hilarious show, that makes poetry both accessible and fun!! “If you feel that your life feels like it doesn't rhyme any more, maybe all that's missing from your soul is a bit of poetry. " Award-winning international writer, actor and director, Greig Coetzee, has taken some of the prescribed Matric and high school poems, mixed them in with some of his favourites, and thrown them into a fabulous teenage love story.
THE WITNESS FLAGSHIP PRODUCTION
GRINDROD BANK THEATRE, 80 MINS, FRI 14H45, FRI 18H00; SAT 15H30; SUN 13H00, R 170
Dame Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony star in Lara Foot’s multi award-winning play immediately on its return from the Edinburgh Festival and following its sold-out success in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Two very different characters, an ageing and heart-broken woman and a young man, each from opposite spectrums of South African society, are thrown together by extraordinary circumstances. Through delicate and careful story-telling the audience is moved from darkness to hope. Two injured souls search for redemption in the fragile, post-apartheid South Africa. Marion has watched her life drain away. Children and husband gone, she ekes out an existence in a country utterly transformed. But it’s the only home she has. As the new South Africa prepares for the World Cup finals, old divisions and suspicions seem as deep as ever, and the “intruder” she has been expecting, dreading and needing arrives.
The media raved, with The Cape Times saying, “ ‘Not to be missed’ and ‘once in a lifetime’ are overtraded critical clichés. This is, however, an occasion where they are apt and fitting.” YourSoapBox described it as an “exceptional production … superb show!” Argus Tonight gave it four stars saying, “the on-stage relationship is a rarity”, as did Die Burger, who called it “one of the year’s theatre highlights.”
Suzman is an internationally acclaimed and respected South African-born actress and director who was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to drama in the Queen's 2011 Birthday Honours, just six months after receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Town for her extraordinary achievements in theatre. The Johannesburg-born actress and niece of the anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman has twice won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her first lead in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. In a career spanning five decades, she has played almost the full list of Shakespeare's female leads, as well as directing adaptations of Othello and The Cherry Orchard. The Sunday Times (London) has hailed her performance of Cleopatra as “the greatest Cleopatra of the past 50 years”.
Directed by Lara Foot, Patrick Curtis is responsible for design, Mannie Manim for lighting design and Thami Mbongo is the Assistant Director. It is presented by The Baxter Theatre.
SPAR DRAMA CENTRE; 60 MINS, FRI 11H30, SAT 18H30; SUN 16H30, R 70
From the creators of the Tokoloshe shows comes the outrageous new skit comedy - Superchop! With a cast of unforgettable characters, Superchop combines music, dance and audio-visuals in a roller coaster ride of daring action and comedy.
It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's SUPERCHOP!!! Just ask Benson Swenson if you’re not sure …
Featuring Jacobus van Heerden
BLACK COFFEE STAGE, 65 MINS, FRI 1830; SAT 1315; SAT 1845; SUN 1330, R 120
In this award-winning production, the Japanese story-telling art of Kamishibai is given an hilarious, profane and utterly original revival. The show features a growing repertoire of original stories, that run the gamut from pornography to epic poetry, from the silly to the sublime.
Kamishibai, literally translated as ‘paper play’ originated as a form of children's street theatre in the 1930’s. Storytellers would travel from village to village on bicycle, telling stories with the use of illustrated paper panels that slid out of a specially crafted wooden stage. Jemma Kahn studied Kamishibai under the veteran performer Roukda Genji, with whom she travelled and performed extensively throughout Japan. In The Epicene Butcher, Kahn performs seven eclectic Kamishibai stories that take in such divergent themes as heaven and hell, pornography, gothic tragedy and the dream life of cats.
The festival is proud to present this extraordinary, cross-cultural theatrical oddity after the show's award winning performances at The National Arts Festival, Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2012, Musho! International Theatre Festival 2013 and Edinburgh Fringe 2013.
Directed by John Trengove, written by Gwydion Beynon and starring Jemma Kahn and Klara Van Wyk as 'Chalk Girl'.
BLACK COFFEE STAGE, 50 MINS, SAT 17H00; SUN 10H00, R 75
“Better, then, to begin the tale as I remember it. After all, it is my story: mine to tell, mine in experience. I am old now, but I am not foolish. I still bar the doors and lock the windows at night. I still check in the shadows before I sleep. He will take no one from my house”
This is the story of David, a boy whose mother is dying. His father is distracted by his work in the war, and David is a lonely child. But that does not mean he is alone. Oh no. Someone… or something… has noticed David, and it means to have him to sate its hunger. The Erl King is a horror story, originally written by John Connolly and adapted for the stage and performed by Marc Kay. Through twisted narrative and sinister puppetry, follow young David’s story as he is brought to a confrontation with a creature as old as the woods themselves…
Creature design by Peter Court. Photography by Clare Mortimer. Shadow Puppets by Bryan Hiles, Clare Mortimer and Marc Kay. Directed by Bryan Hiles.
SPAR DRAMA CENTRE, 60 MINS, FRI 09H00 & 14H45, SAT 10H00; SUN 12H15, R 140
The Witness Hilton Arts Festival in association with The Market Theatre presents THE LINE: Written and Directed by Gina Shmukler; Made possible by DAC’s Mzanzi Golden Economy Touring Venture.
This play is a culmination of multi-award winning actor / director, Gina Shmukler’s Master’s degree research on trauma and theatre-making. It was nominated in 2013 for no fewer than 5 Naledi awards and is a piece of theatre no South African can afford to miss.
Set against the backdrop of the xenophobic attacks of May 2008, The Line explores the ‘fragility of goodness’ and engages with both victim and perpetrator. What makes friends and neighbours become bitter enemies? What makes good people do bad things? How do people cross “the line” between good and bad? Why?? It explores the process of change in attitude from friendly neighbour to bitter foe and attempts to re-humanise people.
It is constructed from a series of township interviews with people involved in and affected by the attacks. It is an example of verbatim theatre: the text uses the words of those interviewed as they were spoken.
Starring Khutjo Green and Gabi Harris, music is by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and design by Niall Griffin.
“…vital theatre in both senses of the word – alive with the complexities of human suffering and essential to the SA cultural landscape” – Cape Times
MEM HALL, 70 MINS, SAT 1230; SUN 10H00, R 140
Winner of the Fringe First for script (Edinburgh Festival) and French language Governor General’s awards, the play is a compelling and masterfully crafted tour-de-force which tells the story of an urban woman adjusting to rural life. Increasingly isolated, she keeps her life in order by obsessively making “to do” lists. When a friend requests a favour from her, she adds it to her list. The difference between remembering to do it and neglecting to take it seriously is at the heart of this moving story.
LEILA HENRIQUES directs celebrated South African actress, Susan Danford, in this award-winning play by Canadian playwright Jennifer Tremblay. Produced by The Baxter Theatre.
Canadian theatre director Kelly Thornton describes it best by saying, “It is this ranking from insignificant to imperative that fascinates me and speaks volumes to how we overlook our most vital human relationships, while navigating through our busy lives.”
GRINDROD BANK THEATRE, 120 MINS (INCL INTERVAL), FRI 11H30, SAT 20H30, SUN 18H30, R 170
"Tarantara! Tarantara!" Hilarious bonsai production!!!
With just five men, one pianist and a whole lot of dresses, eye patches and swashbuckling, director Greg Homann brings this witty theatrical masterpiece to life taking satire and comedy to the extreme. This is entertainment for young and old.
Don’t miss “Poor Wondering One”, “I am the very Model of a Modern Major-General", “When the Foeman Bares his Steel (Tarantara! Tarantara!)” and the other favourites, sung with all the gusto (and falsetto) that an all-star cast of men can muster.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s most loved light comic opera has had a serious overhaul and was nominated for 9 Naledi Awards, winning Best Ensemble Production, Best Actor (David Dennis) and Best Choreography (Shelley Adriaanse). It is produced by The Theatre on the Square.
GRINDROD BANK THEATRE, 80 MINS, FRI 09H00, SAT 10H00; SUN 15H30, R 160
If you think the weather has been fraught of late, think again! Baton down the hatches and prepare for seismic comic aftershocks when three South African showbiz giants collude in The Rise of… The Insanity League!
They are Mr Aaron McIlroy, crazed purveyor of The Loser, The Golfer, DOF, Unplucked, @ Work and other solo block-busters; along with those outrageous Black and Green Mamba dudes, Messrs Ben Voss, whose alter ego, Ms Beauty Ramapelepele, invariably reduces audiences to tears of mirth; and John van de Ruit, formidably gifted actor-author of the international best-selling Spud books and the smash hit movie of the same title, which included McIlroy and Voss in its cast.
After touring the republic, the league rolls into the festival with a series of hilarious sketches and a mad mission to stamp out the curse of ‘Normans’ and normality for good. Expect comedic mayhem and mirth, and an introduction to an insane world that appears oddly like our own. People of the fair midlands you have been warned!!
FLEUR DE LYS CLUB, 180 MINS (INCL. MEAL), SAT 12H00; SAT 19H00; SUN 12H00 R 340
High summer, 1929. It’s the Roaring Twenties! The Charleston is all the rage across Colonial Natal. On the verandah of the Edward Hotel, a Wurlitzer plays... A sugar baron and his wife host a weekend ‘Ra Ra’ on their opulent estate...The guests arrive in motorcars...Then, after dinner, a gruesome murder. Every guest is a suspect, each loyal member of staff is under suspicion. Join Michael Hastings, the unlikely detective, on his quest to unravel the secrets that lie hidden in the heat haze of a north coast summer... The challenge is on for our theatre-loving diners to work out whodunit – how & why!
By popular demand, and after several sold out years at the festival, Annie Robinson & Paul Spence are delighted to return with another dinner theatre murder mystery, a tale of high comedy, wild passion and intrigue. Once again, Fleur de Lys diners will be wined, dined and royally entertained!
ART BLOCK, 90 MINS, SAT 10H00; SUN 10H00, R 100
Do you remember a time when the only home entertainment we had was our precious radio? Do you remember our universally popular Springbok Radio with its plethora of music shows and quiz shows? Do you recall the vast numbers of plays, serials, and series? Do you remember, above all, the comedies that could help to lift your spirits at the end of a hard day? Of course you do - and with affection!
Those were the days of Inspector Carr, Mark Saxon, Henry Simon of the Missing Persons Bureau, of Doctor Paul and Mary Livingston, MD. They were the days of No 1 and No 2, Sir Gregory Pitkin, Mildred Murfin and Humbert and Lolita Snetherswaite; the days of Able Seaman Johnson, Percy Snodgrass and Chuck and Moitle. Come and spend a nostalgic hour with Frank Graham, one of South Africa’s most versatile character actors and comedians on radio, as he invokes those memories with his myriad anecdotes told with his own brand of humour, coupled with sound clips of those long lost days and the people who inhabited our radios. You’ll go home with a song in your heart! Or a signature tune or two …
SPAR DRAMA CENTRE, 60 MINS, SAT 12H00, SUN 14H30, R 130
…well, sort of! Perhaps not always ladies, but nevertheless, two females. Whether they be friends or family; work colleagues, rivals or strangers; schoolgirls, professional women or grandmothers … these two members of the fairer sex reveal all. Except…there probably won’t be any nudity…sorry… but we do promise honesty, humour, and quite a lot of irreverence, sometimes outrageous but always entertaining!
Two award-winning actresses, Kate Normington and Charon Williams-Ros team up to bring you a hilarious look at womanhood in all its glory. Oh yes…and they’ll sing a bit too. Written by Kate Normington and Charon Williams-Ros. Directed by Steven Stead with Evan Roberts accompanying the mayhem.
Age Restriction 16 for Language and Blasphemy.
GRINDROD BANK THEATRE, 90 MINS, FRI 20H30; SAT 18H00, R 170
Morris Panych’s award winning black comedy, Vigil, is one of those wicked little plays that comes along all too rarely and leaves the audience wondering if they should have laughed, cried or been shocked by the protagonist’s machinations to curry favour with his elderly aunt. In this tale of mistaken identity, Kemp, played by Graham Hopkins, arrives to make completely sure he features in the will of Aunt Grace, performed by Vanessa Cooke. But just who has the upper hand? Who is hiding the truth from whom?
Vigil has been translated into 19 languages, has played constantly in North America and Europe since its premiere in 1995 and had garnered many awards. This production is directed by Christopher Weare and presented by Susan Danford and Stephen Jennings.
Times flies by as you sit gripped and entertained by “a funny play that makes you want to laugh!” – Legit Reviews / Off Broadway
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