Strong Cape Town presence at KZN’s Hilton Arts Festival

Strong Cape Town presence at KZN’s Hilton Arts Festival

The Hilton Festival this year will provide a valuable opportunity for KZN audiences to enjoy theatre originating from the Mother City.
There is a significant contribution from theatre-makers and production houses in Cape Town invited to participate at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival – KZN’s premier arts festival – which will once again be hosted at the picturesque Hilton College in Pietermaritzburg, from September 16 -18.

‘Echo of a Noise’ promises storytelling at its most poignant and most pared-down. It features satirical legend Pieter Dirk Uys, who talks about his phenomenal life in a witty, honest and insightful production. Uys also will be present at a screening of the latest documentary about his life, ‘Nobody Died Laughing’.

As a worthy companion to Echo of a Noise is ‘Dead Yellow Sands’, featuring Graham Weir in a beautifully crafted cerebral piece of spoken word theatre performed on an empty stage, combining a hauntingly-beautiful, nuanced, original South African script written by Weir, in a production directed by Bo Petersen.

Peterson is also set to perform at this year’s festival. She will portray Mother in ‘The Graveyard’ – performing together with Gideon Lombard and Sarah Potter. Written and directed by award winning Philip Rademeyer, the story unpacks a “graveyard” of forgotten objects and interrogates one’s notions of memory, masculinity and its pressures, domestic violence, addiction, heredity and, ultimately, family.

‘Sillage’ is the disquieting story of domesticity between a mother and daughter packing up their family home. It is a deeply personal retelling of the fissures between family members that erupt and erode when they are forced to move on from a life they are used to. It is written and directed by Penny Youngelson, and stars Rebecca Makin-Taylor and Michele Belknap.
Multi-talented Rob van Vuuren will wear three hats at this year’s festival: performing in ‘Life (a rant)’, his hit stand-up comedy show, as he unpacks the mysteries of life in his own unforgettable and inimitable style. Together with Danielle Bischoff, he will also star in the delightful show for young people, ‘Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse’, about a pair of singing, dancing Honey Badgers.

‘Pay Back the Curry’ is a one-person satirical revue scripted by award winning playwright, Mike van Graan. Rob van Vuuren directs the young, multi-talented Daniel Richards in this show that takes on many topical themes which are either the subjects of heated discussion or studiously avoided in polite conversation.
Mike Bartlett’s ‘Contractions’ stars Janna Ramos-Violante and Emily Child, directed by Greg Karvellas. It is a dark comedy which explores the transformative dynamics of the corporate world and, quite literally, tests the limits we are willing to put on the company we keep.

‘Ebola’ is a haunting take on a terrifying disease. Hilda Cronje’s and Nicholas Ellenbogen’s three hander is filmic and spellbinding treatise on love and desire set in the heart of Sierra Leone.
And representing Cape Town in the Musical Revival programme is celebrated guitarist, James Grace.
The festival invites the crème-de-la-crème of what is hot and happening in the creative industries in South Africa: theatre; dance; comedy; musical theatre; family theatre; classical music; music revue; band-music; visual art and crafts, as well as a series of mind-scape lectures, events and discussions. The three-day festival caters for everyone, young and old – including a huge market, book stalls and great food.

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