Happening Hilton

2009-09-10 00:00

THERE are plenty of shows on offer for the young and the young at heart at this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, which takes place next weekend.

Ellis Pearson presents the wonderful Black Out: The Adventures of Jock and Donut, which I caught in Grahamstown. It’s a funny and very thought-provoking piece about the dangers of global warming and what we can do about it.

The show has five characters, four masks, ballroom dancing, a flying machine and a recycled motor car that runs on sugar cane and the gas from old smelly socks — what more does any adventure require?

See it in the Drama Centre on September 19 at 3.30 pm.

The Wild Garden is the setting for Fett Diva Production’s new children’s adventure play, Jennifer Blogg Coloured In, which tells the story of a small girl living in a world that has lost its colour.

Everything is black and white, and people are forced to eat black peas, water black flowers, play in black puddles and listen to lessons at school about black and white.

Jennifer thinks that is the way the world has always been until she falls asleep in class and dreams of a world filled with colour, magic and crazy characters.

Show times are 9 am on September 18, 10 am on September 19 and 2 pm on September 20.

The Wild Garden is also the venue for Boy Called Rubbish on September 18 at noon, September 19 at 2 pm and September 20 at 12.30 pm. The show was first performed 15 years ago by Ellis Pearson, Bheki Mkhwane and enchanted children around the country. In the latest version, Sean de Klerk and Sdumo Mtshali use a handful props to tell the story of Rubbish, a child who grows up in a squatter camp and eventually becomes the hero of his community. Don’t miss it — but beware of tomato sauce and flying paw paw.

Neon Anthems are back at the festival with Tokoloshe Come Again, which continues the incredibly popular, outrageously funny, Tokoloshe chronicles — and I can confirm it’s hilarious.

Don’t miss your chance to catch the unpredictable antics of Liam Magner and Jacobus van Heerden as they tell the story of Moses the little orphan boy as he struggles to gain recognition in a world off odds in the Theatre on September 19 at 12.30 pm.

Last, but by no means least, is Mariner’s Tale, performed by Bryan Hiles and Peter Court in the Creative Madness Tent on September 19 at 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm and on September 20 at 2 pm and 3 pm.

The 30-minute show incorporates puppets, mask, mime and music in a visual poem of aquatic antiquity, adventure and alarm.

To book, you can phone 033 383 0126 or e-mail thea tre@hiltoncollege.com

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