It's happening at the Hex

2009-03-24 00:00

THE Hexagon Theatre has lined up five cracking shows for its annual mini-festival of plays.

Ten performances will take to the boards of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s theatre on March 27 and March 28. The range of material is huge and there should be more than enough to suit the tastes of all theatre-lovers.

Topping the list this year is Cape Town comedienne Mary Steward, whose show Womanhood won top honours at the Musho Festival in Durban earlier this year. She is bringing two shows to the minifest — Womanhood and Bridesmaid — both of which are described as “hilarious, moving and excellent theatre”.

Steward wrote and performs in Womanhood, which offers a reflection on the journey from girlhood to womanhood and all the milestones along the way, including moments of madness, heartbreak and hell. The show is directed by Emma Durden.

Bridesmaid is an hour-long one-woman comedy, which was performed at both the Musho and Grahamstown festivals, and looks at the premise of being “always the bridesmaid — never the bride” from the perspective of one woman who has been a bridesmaid seven times. Get ready for a decade of bad dresses and drunken dancing, as the bridesmaid reflects on relationships, families, décor and disasters.

Also at the festival is the inimitable Ellis Pearson, who teams up with Sdumo Mtshali in Impisi, created by Pearson and Clive Essame.

Impisi is the Zulu word for hyena. Humans have fixed ideas about this animal, describing it as an ugly, misshapen scavenger. They also have fixed ideas about the majestic king of the jungle. In this parable Hyena helps Lion to take his rightful place in society, despite an accident which leaves him far from physically capable, or so one would imagine.

Directed by Brian Pearce, this is a story about how society views people who appear different, who may have a disability, but who take their rightful place in society.

Mayuri Naidu’s The Sepia Seamstress can be seen for one show only and tells the story of two Indian girls who end up on opposite sides of the spectrum and in love with the same man. It is a classic tale of traditional versus modern and the struggle for individual identity. It is directed by Clinton Marius and performed by Mayuri Naidu and Khajal Maharaj.

Also performing during the festival is Croc E. Moses, a seasoned musician and slam poet. The founder and drummer of South African band Fetish, Moses has spent half his life developing his performance and presents a special experience of lyrical, rhythmic poetry accompanied by guitar and ingeniously self-crafted backing tracks, as well as unaccompanied insightful beat poetry.

Last but not least there will be two performances by stand-up comedienne, Sne.

Tickets are R40 (R30 concessions). For further details and to book, phone the Hexagon Theatre office at 033 260 5537.

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