Gideon Lombard stars in the award-winning production Die Reuk van Appels, a stage adaption of the acclaimed 1993 debut novel by South African author Mark Behr.
Confirmed productions include a much-anticipated programme of quality drama such as the award-winning Die Reuk van Appels. International award-winning South African playwright, Mike van Graan’s brilliant drama Green Man Flashing is a fast-paced political thriller written in a filmic style and features an all star cast. Suddenly the Storm is written by and stars the multiple award-winning, prolific playwright, Paul Slabolespszy, Charmaine Weir-Smith and Renate Stuurman. It is directed by Bobby Heaney and boasts a stunning Greg King set design. Selwyn and Gabriel by Richard Kaplan is a magical modern mystery about two strangers with secrets. Silkworm, a 2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award winner, weaves a beautiful cocoon around reality, created and directed by Jenine Collocott, and performed by Taryn Bennett. Narrative Dreams is a play written by Lereko Mfono and directed by international award-winning director and actor, Omphile Molusi.
For those in search of a laugh, there is an extensive comedy line-up, featuring the talents of John Vlismas, Rob van Vuuren, Aaron McIlroy, James Cairns, Jem Atkins and Masood Boomgaard. Mentalist, Brendon Peel makes his first appearance with his show Hocus Pocus at this year’s fest.
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There is an extensive musical theatre line-up looking at the legends of Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and Miriam Makeba.
Other musical concerts include Classic Blast presented by the KZN Youth Orchestra; Drakensberg Boys Choir; KZN All Stars Big Band; A gypsy journey for voice and piano; Last Night of the Hilton Proms; the Durban Symphonic Choir performing Dvorak Mass in D; concerts by Andrew Warburton (solo piano and with a quartet); Myfanwy Price (Oboe) and Liezl-Maret Jacobs (piano); acoustic duos, Digby and the Lullaby; and Guy Buttery and Kanada Narahari.
Recognising one of South Africa’s greatest landscape artists, the Hilton Arts Festival will host a retrospective exhibition of the works of Errol Boyley to honour him – 100 years after he was born. To add a strong art feel this year, 100 artists’ work will be on display all around the festival grounds.
There are two mini festivals embedded in the main programme: The Jongosi Festival takes place on Friday 14 September, and has a specifically, carefully-selected age-appropriate programme aimed at grades 6 to 10, and Assetej hosts a programme of theatre and creative projects for young audiences.
For more information, visit http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za/ or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival, follow on Twitter @HiltonFest, call 033-383-0126/7 or email email@example.com.
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