Happening in Hilton

2009-08-06 00:00

SOME of the best shows at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown are being staged in Hilton as part of the St Anne’s Cultural Festival, which runs from August 13 to August 19 in the school’s theatre.

First up is Geraldine Naidoo’s Monkey Nuts, starring Matthew Ribnick, which enjoyed standing ovations and packed houses in Grahamstown.

Penned by Naidoo (Hoot, The Chilli Boy), the play tells the story of Edgar Chambers, a man obsessed with entering all sorts of competitions and whose only friend is a monkey that lives in the back of a pet shop.

This comedy boasts a host of brilliantly portrayed characters, all with some sort of connection to Edgar. See it on August 13 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are R70 (R50 concessions).

On August 14, you can see a performance by the Pixie Bennett Band, which has been described by critics as “a breath of fresh air in the world of South African music” at 7.30 pm.

The band played to capacity crowds at the Splashy Fen and White Mountain music festivals, and its fresh sound and magnetic delivery continues to engage and entice audiences. Tickets are R70 (R50 concessions).

Another Grahamstown must-see is Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking, presented by Magnet Theatre Cape Town and featuring the talents of Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa. The play explores what it means to lose the safety and security of home as a result of war, and the consequences of that loss on the life of a young girl.

Created at the time of the first violent attacks on Somali nationals in the Western Cape, the play was born out of an intense empathy with and imagining of what it must be like to lose “home” and to feel strange in another place.

Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking will be performed at 8 pm on August 17 and August 18 at 8 pm. Tickets are R70 (R50 concessions).

Omphile Molusi’s Itsoseng, which won the Scotsman Fringe First Award 2008 at the Edinburgh Festival, can be seen on August 19 at 10 am.

Set in the small township of Itsoseng in the North West Province, the play is a combination of tender love story, nuanced political satire, and a tale of coming to terms with loss. The show premiered at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg and has been performed in the United Kingdom. Tickets are R70 (concessions R50).

Also at the festival is the inter-house theatre festival, featuring pupils from St Anne’s College, on August 18 at 6 pm and August 19 at 7 pm (adjudication). Tickets are R30 (R25 concessions).

To book for any of these performances, phone 033 343 3300.

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