Magical music and laughs

2012-09-11 00:00

SOME of Durban’s most talented entertainers will be showcasing their talents in music revues and cabaret shows at this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, which runs at Hilton College from September 21 to September 23.

Festival favourite Anthony Stonier returns with two shows — At The Drop Of A Hat and Because We Can, both of which will be staged in the Art Block.

For At The Drop Of A Hat, which can be seen at 2 pm on September 22 and September 23, Stonier is joined on stage by Darren King and Clare Mortimer.

The three actors share with the audience their love of British wit as demonstrated by the likes of Noel Coward, Tony Hancock, Flanders and Swann, Joyce Grenfell, Gracie Fields and Victoria Wood. Tickets are R100.

Stonier then reunites with actress Lisa Bobbert, his co-star in the legendary Brutal Tunes, for Because We Can at 4 pm on September 22 and noon on September 23.

The show encompasses material from some of the shows they have previously done, some they wish they had done, some they wish they hadn’t done and some they are still determined to do.

It is a magical music and comedy mixture. Tickets are R100.

If you love classic tunes made famous by the likes of U2, Fleetwood Mac, the Police, Crowded House, Bob Marley, the Beatles, Tears for Fears and Suzanne Vega, then make sure you book your seats for Rocking It Gently, which can be viewed in the Art Block at 8 pm on September 21, and 6 pm on September 22.

Starring John Ellis, Shelley Mclean, Lloyd de Gier and Marion Loudon, the show is a concert-feel revue. It is packed full of heartfelt performances on guitars, keyboards and tambourines, with a few other musical surprises, soulful harmonies and stunning live musicianship. Tickets are R100.

Offering a different musical treat are Durban-based singers Karen Campbell-Gillies and Kerry Wood.

In their show, In Other Words, they perform beautiful ballads like A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and Some Enchanted Evening, and jazz standards like All of Me and My Baby Just Cares for Me, as they explore the world of romantic songs written by some of the great songwriters of our time.

Tickets for the show, which is in the Art Block at 6 pm on September 21 and 4 pm on September 23, are R100. For inquiries, contact www.hiltonfestival.co.za or 033 383 0126.

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