Comedy, dance and music await

2010-08-05 00:00

COMEDIES and a musical extrava- ganza are among the attractions at this year’s St Anne’s Cultural Festival, which runs from August 11 to August 18 at St Anne’s College in Hilton.

The festival kicks off with Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia at 7.30 pm on August 11 and 12. Starring Susan Danford and directed by Lara Bye, the play centres on Claudia, a preteen who is reeling from her parents’ divorce­, and who is in the physical and emotional throes of puberty.

Speaking from inside the caretaker’s room at school where she hides all the things that are secret and dear to her, Claudia shares her thoughts on the adult world around her.

The play is told through four wonderfully exaggerated comic characters — smart, naive yet perceptive preteen Claudia, her wise granddad Douglas, the vibrant caretaker of her school Drachman and her stepmother-to-be Leslie. Combining humour and pathos, it addresses the critical teen issues of identity, individuality, transformation, peer pressure, and parental and family relations in a wise, life-affirming, moving and funny­ way. Tickets for I, Claudia are R80 (R60 concessions).

On August 13, at 7.30 pm, the school will host a Music Extravaganza featuring the Pretoria High School for Girls’ Choir and Orchestra, and the St Anne’s Diocesan College jazz band, Chapel choir and vocal ensemble. Tickets are R50 (R30 concessions).

A must-see at the festival is the charming one-man show The Boolulu Uncle, the autobiographical story of a young Zulu boy who grew up with an Indian family in Reservoir Hills. Written by Koobeshen and Kumseela Naidoo, the play sees Senzo Mthethwa playing 25 different characters, from a typical Phoenix gangster to a Home Affairs official and a mama on the minibus taxi.

The play comes to Hilton fresh from a four-week run at the Catalina Theatre­ in Durban where it played to sold out audiences and standing ovations­. The Boolulu Uncle can be seen at 8 pm on August 17. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions).

The beauty of dance in all its forms is explored in Rhythm Is A Language at 10 am on August 18. Using a range of South African dance forms, from gumboot and stick dance to African contemporary, traditional Indlamu, hip-hop, krumping and pantsula, the Durban-based Dusi Dance Company will perform The Magic of The White Suit and African Soil, choreographed by artistic director Vusi Makanya, and Up Close, choreographed by company­ dancer Sthembiso Gcabashe­.

The Dusi Dance Company was created under the KwaMashu School of Dance Project and aims to expand the horizons of youth from previously disadvantaged­ communities in KwaMashu. Tickets for Rhythm Is A Language­ are R70 (R50 concessions).

Pupils from St Anne’s will also be taking part in the school’s annual inter­-house theatre festival. Performances will take place at 6 pm on August­ 17 with the adjudication at 7 pm on August 18. Tickets R40 (R30 concessions).

• To book for any of the St Anne’s Cultural Festival performances phone 033 343 6100.

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