‘Hoss’: ‘darn entertainin!’

2013-09-12 00:00

FESTIVAL favourites, A Conspiracy of Clowns and Ubom! Theatre Company are among the company’s bringing plays to this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, which is at Hilton College from today until Sunday.

Both Hoss and Crazy in Love were performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Directed by Rob Murray and starring Andrew Buckland, Sparky Xulu, Seneliso Dladla, Elisha Mudly, Megan van Wyk, Thami Baba and Luvuyo Yanta, Hoss is ”an exciting South African story seen through the lens of a Western movie”.

The play follows the story of two brothers grappling over their father’s land. Then two mysterious characters roll into town under the pretence of helping one of the brothers. Instead, they become catalysts for some shocking revelations.

The stage is set for an apocalyptic showdown as ambitions, dreams, modern cowboys, tall tales, frontier myths and cultures clash.

In his review for Cue in Grahamstown, Nigel Vermaas said of the play: “… 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’!”

Hoss can be seen in the Memorial Hall at 2.45 pm tomorrow, 3 pm on Saturday, and 12.30 pm on Sunday.

Tickets are R130. Please note: no under 13s.

Murray also directs Crazy in Love, the heartbreaking tale of Leon (Buckland), who gets abandoned at the altar by his bride to be. He decides to take his daughter, Ginny (Liezl de Kock), on a country-wide search for her.

His quest quickly becomes an obsession, and at each town they reach where his wife isn’t, Leon tattoos the town’s name on his skin. Fifteen years later, Ginny is coming of age and wants to achieve independence, while Leon has retreated into alcoholism and despair. As their individual obsessions spiral out of control, and they become lost in their own personal routines and mythologies, a massive shift in their relationship is imminent — if they have the courage and conviction to break out of their own cycles.

Crazy in Love, which is presented by A Conspiracy of Clowns, was critically acclaimed at the Grahamstown Festival this year and went on to a prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award. See it in the Memorial Hall at Hilton College at 9 am tomorrow, 8 pm on Saturda and 3.30 pm on Sunday.

Tickets are R130. No under 16s.

• arts@witness.co.za

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