About Sophie Thompson

Sophie joined the business in 2001. Sophie brings to the company a wealth of experience and expertise in particular in the sporting arena – she played springbok action cricket; has SA colours for athletics; Natal colours for athletics (club and school); hockey; softball; water-polo and outdoor and indoor cricket. Sophie has studied Sport Psychology and Computer Technology. The main accounts that she works on are the SPAR Women’s Race in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, as well as a lot of the sailing events that take place in Durban. She was part of the successful team that worked on the PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympic Bid and the World Transplant Games. In rejuvenating the Durban scene of sailing, she has also started photography to help promote the sport.

Review Of Shall We Dance by Chris Sutton

11th September, 2018|Theatre|

The 26th edition of Shall we Dance, hosted by ECR's Damon Beard, produced and directed by Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens, is another bumper edition, hosted by the Playhouse which maintains its classic charm despite the slow onset of urban decay that is creeping over Durban's City precinct. The lineup is an eclectic one, featuring [...]

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All Set For Hilton Arts Festival

8th September, 2018|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton College 14 – 16 September 2018 Everything takes place on the campus of Hilton College – over three days: Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16. Get there early - there is often a queue to get in through the main gates! Become familiar with the festival map as quickly as possible so you [...]

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Waiting In The Wings

8th September, 2018|Other, Theatre|

Today is the 52nd International Literacy Day. The UN initiative has a focus on Literacy and Skills Development this year, and dancers Braigen Yunnie (10), Madison Behm (11), Phumzile Zide (12), Ammer Basson (15), Teegan Canham (11) and Taurin Yunnie (13) are pictured in the wings of the Playhouse Opera stage during the final dress [...]

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Burton Naidoo Presents Tribute To Madiba: Our Song

7th September, 2018|Music|

Hilton Arts Festival: 14 – 16 September 2018 Inspired by the life and character of Mr Nelson Mandela, pianist, composer and arranger Burton Naidoo will be performing the World Premiere of his latest creation, Our Song at the Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College from 15 September at 2pm. Naidoo has performed throughout the world [...]

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The Life Of Hiles

6th September, 2018|Music, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 14 – 16 September One of Durban’s most recognised actors with charming chameleon-like characteristics, Bryan Hiles, has a busy patch ahead of him at the 26th Hilton Arts Festival in four productions with seven performances over the three day festival. He will be front-and-centre in the gentle telling of the [...]

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Honouring Zulu Heritage

6th September, 2018|Music|

Concert Three: Thursday 6 September Durban City Hall: 7.30pm To usher in Heritage month, tonight (Thursday) sees a very special musical event: the world premiere of Durban composer, Warren Bessey’s Symphonic Fantasy, Inkosazane Mkabayi - a 25-minute work which focuses on one of the most powerful figures in 19th Century Zulu history, King Shaka’s formidable [...]

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HAF2018 Celebrates International Literacy Day

5th September, 2018|Art, Markets & Fairs, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival celebrates Literacy Hilton College: 14 – 16 September This Saturday marks the 52nd International Literacy Day that will be celebrated globally, sharing the awareness and need for literacy, the 26th Hilton Arts Festival pays homage to the written word. The all-encompassing Midlands festival plays host to three book launches by UKZN Press, [...]

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Ayanda Thango Live In Concert @ The Jazzy Rainbow

4th September, 2018|Music|

Friday 14 September This performance by Ayanda Thango at The Jazzy Rainbow is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Durban’s jazz [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival Pay Tribute To Arbour Week

4th September, 2018|Art|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Deeply rooted in Heritage month, a number of artists at the Hilton Arts Festival pay tribute to Arbour Week that ends on Friday 7 September. With the number of artists growing annually, rivalling any of the major outdoor art exhibitions, the festival hosts 100 artists brightening [...]

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Who Dunnit? Selwyn and Gabriel

3rd September, 2018|Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 14 – 16 September In the dead of night… that is the how the poignant two hander, Selwyn and Gabriel begins, written by Richard Kaplan, this magical modern mystery about two strangers with secrets comes to the Hilton Arts Festival this year. This is the second production that Kaplan, a [...]

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With A SPRING In Their Step

1st September, 2018|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Celebrating the first day of spring (Saturday), Hilton College boys leap off the RMB Think Bench that is on campus ahead of the Hilton Arts Festival. The benches that spans 14 meters is one of the large outdoor art pieces that will be part of the three day festival. Pictured are pupils from Hilton College, [...]

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All Things Bright And Beautiful

1st September, 2018|Music|

First of September marks the first day of spring. Enjoying the warm spell and getting outdoors are performers Mpilo ‘Straw’ Nzimande and Cara Roberts. The two are in Durban rehearsing for the upcoming Hilton Arts Festival that will be taking place at Hilton College in two weekends time. Nzimande will be performing in the one [...]

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Richard Haslop At Hilton Fest

31st August, 2018|Music, Other|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Respected music guru, raconteur supreme and multitalented musician, Richard Haslop, will be giving two presentations and is part of a post-movie screening discussion at the Hilton Arts Festival on Saturday 15 September. “Attendance at the presentations, where I will talk about the music and play examples [...]

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Blasting Into Spring!

31st August, 2018|Music|

Hamming it up in Durban’s beautiful Botanic Gardens to welcome in spring are musicians Cathy Peacock (trumpet), Duncan Woolridge (trombone) and Melvin Peters (piano). The musicians are having a super-busy time this season rehearsing for the Hilton Arts Festival taking place in the Midlands from 14 – 16 September: all three will perform in the [...]

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Shhhhhhh….Secret Sunrise At Hilton Fest

30th August, 2018|Other|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Pssst – Kicking off the second day of the fest, Secret Sunrise comes to the Hilton Arts Festival this year on Saturday 15 September at Hilton College. Billed to be about letting go, having fun and dancing to celebrate the sun and yet another beautiful day [...]

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Magic And Mentalism At The Hilton Arts Festival

29th August, 2018|Music, Other|

Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Weaving a magic spell and impressing with his powers of mentalism, Brendon Peel will be appearing at the 26th Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College from 14 – 16 September with his show Hocus Pocus. Brendon Peel has performed across SA and on an array of international platforms. He [...]

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Digby And The Lullaby Return To The Hilton Arts Festival

28th August, 2018|Music|

Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Casting their indie-folk spell on audiences everywhere, Digby and the Lullaby head to the 26th Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College from 14 – 16 September. Making a Midlands stop during their national tour, Digby and the Lullaby will be making their third appearance at the Hilton Arts Festival, [...]

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Lighting Up Hilton Arts Festival

24th August, 2018|Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Lighting up people’s lives, Durban’s Michael Taylor-Broderick will be front and centre at the 26th Hilton Arts Festival taking place at Hilton College from 14 – 16 September. Broderick, who is Festival Technical Director, will be overseeing the phenomenal team of bright sparks putting the spotlight on a number [...]

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Three Opportunities To Empower Women

24th August, 2018|Music, Other|

GBR-WOC Summit & Gospel Gala Summit: Elangeni Hotel: 31 Aug 09h00-18h00; 1 Sept 09h00-13h00. Gospel: Olive Convention Centre: 1 Sept 17h00-22h00. The Global Business Round Table (GBR), a Christian Non-Profit Organisation that specialises in developing people holistically, is hosting a high-profile two-day KwaZulu-Natal launch initiative in Durban on 31 August and 1 September 2018. The [...]

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Doccies And Talks At Hilton Arts Festival

23rd August, 2018|Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton College: 14 - 16 September A side serving of fantastic fare at this year’s 26th Hilton Arts Festival taking place on the weekend of 14 - 16 September at Hilton College, includes two award winning documentaries, and two inspiring mindscape talks. Artist and photographer turned documentary filmmaker, Janet Soloman’s beautifully carfted environmental documentary, Becoming [...]

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Ukhozi FM- Celebrating Creative Women!

23rd August, 2018|Music|

Sunday 26 August at 6pm Popular Ukhozi FM Jazz Host Mandla Mdletshe will be hosting some super talented South African lady musicians to celebrate Women’s Month on his show on Sunday 26 August. Presented by The Headroom and supported by Concerts SA, this month’s special event features women who have been making waves in the [...]

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The Shemual Mahabeer Collective In Concert

23rd August, 2018|Music|

The Jazzy Rainbow, Friday 31st August This performance by The Shemual Mahabeer Collective at The Jazzy Rainbow is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and [...]

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Double Enjoys A Double Dose Of German “Singspiel”

23rd August, 2018|Music, Theatre|

Visiting Italian virtuoso pianist, Alessandro Taverna, and DUT actor Mpilonhle Makhaye enjoy tiny bite-size German delicacies to honour Durban’s hosting two productions featuring German “Singspiele” - a small-scale operatic musical drama in which spoken dialogue is interspersed with song Dr Pamela Tancsik stages and directs Marikana to Mahagonny – an adaptation of the seldom performed [...]

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Cabaret And Tribute Shows At Hilton Arts Festival

22nd August, 2018|Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 14 - 16 September The hills are alive with the sound of music, at the 26th Hilton Arts Festival enjoy a number of tribute and cabaret shows and some phenomenal original local talents are on offer at festival weekend. Slotting into the section of new and original music, back again, the beautiful husband [...]

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Catholic Fire-Fighter Runs For The Denis Hurley Centre

22nd August, 2018|Other, Sport|

Sipho Mataka, a 39-year-old fire-fighter from New Hanover in KZN on Sunday, will be running the Mandela Marathon to raise money for the Denis Hurley Centre an inner city facility which serves the poorest of the poor of Durban working with the city's different faith traditions. Two generations of runners are united in their support [...]

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