Selling out fast — book now for the ‘Witness’ Hilton Arts Festival

2009-09-07 00:00

BOOKINGS for the 17th annual Witness Hilton Arts festival are well under way, with several shows sold out, including Wit and Shear Madness on Saturday, September 19.

But there’s still plenty of choice, and some particular highlights at this year’s festival include a world premiere performance — Strictly Rob and Mary, which stars Rob van Vuuren and Mary Martin, the winners of the blockbuster TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

Martin is currently the undefeated South African professional Latin-American show dance champion. This fabulous, glamour-filled show combines dance, acting, storytelling and comedy in a show designed to astound audiences. The couple are performing for just two shows, on Friday, September 18, at 8.15 pm and Sunday, September 20, at 3.30 pm.

Another highlight of the Festival is Pregnant Pause, a new production by award-winning director Sylvaine Strike. Starring Michael Richard and Charmaine Weir-Smith, the production takes the audience along the highs and lows of pregnancy and parenthood — often resulting in a hilarious, but truthful exploration of life as a parent. It’s ideal for those who want to be parents, those who are, and those who have no intention of ever becoming parents. There are two performances: Saturday at 5.30 pm and Sunday at noon.

The festival is not just about theatre and dance — there’s an upmarket craft market open on the Saturday and Sunday, free music throughout the festival in the East Coast Radio festival tent, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet ECR DJs, and there’ll be interviews with performers throughout the weekend.

On Saturday at 7.30 pm, the Pixie Bennett band performs at the Hilton College sports centre. Pixie made it to the top seven in Idols 2009 and the band has just recorded a demo at Face Studios. They come to Hilton, fresh from a tour of South Africa for one show only, so don’t miss it. To book for any of these performances, and more, phone 033 383 0126 or visit

— Witness Reporter.

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