Kerry Hiles Is Judy Garland

10th September, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 September “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little bit more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we would like each other a little bit more.” Wise words from iconic screen and vaudeville actress, Judy Garland: [...]

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Shall We Dance Review By Chris Sutton (The Rat Line)

7th September, 2019|Theatre|

The majestic Playhouse retains its wonderful charm and sense of opulence. It's bar, longer than a politicians wrap sheet, is just the place to enjoy a soothing libation before the show, or during the interval; a place where the trials of the day are eclipsed by the delights of the theatre. The 27th edition of [...]

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Ole!

3rd September, 2019|Music, Theatre|

We honour all things Spanish There is nothing quite like the energy, vibrancy and passion of beautiful Spanish music and dance. Over the next few weeks, there are some fabulous opportunities to enjoy magnificent Spanish culture: next Thursday (5 Sept) on the programme of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s third concert in the Early Spring season [...]

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Ballet For The Eyes And Ears

3rd September, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Balletomanes are in for a treat: there are two options of immersing yourself into glorious ballet – this Thursday (5 Sept) as part of the programme for the third concert of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Early Spring season, the orchestra will play two pieces by one of ballet’s greatest composers: Tchaikovsky: his Variations on a [...]

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#MyBoyCan #BoysDanceToo

3rd September, 2019|Theatre|

#BoysDanceToo Shall We Dance Playhouse Opera: 6 – 15 September 21st JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and other venues: 27 August - 8 September Hilton Arts Festival Hilton: 13 – 15 September Durban is part of the topical global response honouring boy and men dancers, dubbed #BoysDanceToo sharing the strong message against bullying, [...]

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Next Comedy Stop…. Hilton

2nd September, 2019|Theatre|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September The region’s biggest arts festival is a few days away. One of the features of this year’s annual Hilton Arts Festival taking place from 13 to 15 September, is a powerfully funny line up of comedy (as well as music, drama, art, crafts, musical theatre…). Pictured getting ready to [...]

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Spring Is Around The Corner

31st August, 2019|Theatre|

Spring is indeed around the corner – officially the first day of spring is tomorrow (Sunday 1 September). Getting ready for the change in season are performers Bryan Hiles and Cara Roberts. Bryan will be playing with Platform Jazz for their 30-year celebration at S43 today (Saturday 31 August 31) and at the Durban Jewish [...]

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MADE Arts Institute

29th August, 2019|Theatre|

MADE Arts Institute to open in the inner city MADE Institute: Diakonia Centre Durban arts entrepreneurs MADE (Mzansi Arts Development) are opening an arts institute to be based at the Diakonia Centre in the inner city, to teach music skills and dance instruction to encourage live arts practitioners to have the qualifications to formalise their [...]

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From Berea To Hilton

29th August, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Many of the country’s top theatre-makers and artists will be heading to the Midlands for the annual Hilton Arts Festival from 13 – 15 September which offers an artistic smorgasbord from serious music to stand-up comedy and everything in between. Jem Atkins from On Fire Comedy (Scared Scriptless, Rob van Vuuren’s Again) and Kwazi Mhlongo [...]

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Michelle Douglas Back At Hilton Arts Festival

28th August, 2019|Theatre|

Aberfan: The Mistake that Cost a Village its Children Photographer Harry Lock captured Johannesburg actor Michelle Douglas at last year’s festival after her performance in Mike van Graan’s tense political thriller, Green Man Flashing, as part of his Out of Character photo essay. This year Douglas will return to the festival as one of the [...]

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2 – 4 – 1 Special

28th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Be ready to log on to book tickets at 08h00 on 2 September to take advantage of this 24 hour special. From 08h00 on 2 September for 24 hours you will be able to take advantage of this buy one get one free offer. It is only applicable to certain productions so [...]

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27 Years And Still Going Strong!

27th August, 2019|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Long service deserves prizes … and here are three prizes for you - an audience member. After 27 years, it has been interesting to reflect how many people have been involved in KZN’s leading art festival, held this year from 13 to 15 September at Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg. Sue Clarence, the [...]

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2019 Shall We Dance

15th August, 2019|Theatre|

Playhouse Opera: 6 – 15 September “And a 5,6,7,8 ……” Returning to the Playhouse Opera from 6 – 15 September, the annual dance showcase Shall We Dance is back with more steps than the mythical stairway to heaven. Celebrating its 27th year this year, the annual showcase extravaganza of Durban’s diverse dance scene will be [...]

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Film At The Fest

13th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 13 – 15 September A ‘reely’ interesting selection of films will be on offer at the 27th Hilton Arts Festival taking place on the magnificent grounds of the Hilton College from 13 – 15 September. As part of the 237 scheduled events this year, a feast of film has been [...]

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Where To Find Your HAF Programme

9th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Bookings Open Ready, steady, go! Bookings open on Monday 12 August. Here’s what you need to know. The programme will appear in The Sunday Times on Sunday 11 August. Please note that this is in selected areas and not in every copy. But do not fear, it will also be online from [...]

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So Much More Than You Ever Imagined…

8th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

So much more than you ever imagined at The Hilton Arts Festival! And heaps for free! Hilton College: 13 – 15 September This year’s Hilton Arts Festival, scheduled to run from 13 – 15 September, offers a bumper 237 different events in more than 34 venues!! The Festival Director, Sue Clarence, has just spent a [...]

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Book Launch – Game Changer Award

5th August, 2019|Other, Theatre|

Busy Time for Twist Durban Book Launch: Bat Centre: 17 August at 5pm Hilton Book Launch & Twist Productions: Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 September Twist Theatre Development Projects will be launching the new book by Roel Twijnstra and Emma Durden, Acting in South Africa: Skills and Inspirations, in Durban on Saturday 17 August [...]

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Q&A With Alyn Adams

2nd August, 2019|Theatre|

Comedian Alyn Adams is one of the comedians performing for the Heat City Comedy Festival Cannabliss: is a one-man stand-up comedy show written and performed by Alyn Adams, which is scheduled for one performance only at the Heat City Comedy Festival: at 6pm on Sunday, 4 August at the Seabrooke’s Theatre. Tickets at WebTickets The [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival Confronts Topical Issues

26th July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

The Hilton Arts Festival: 13 to 15 September. Rooted in spoken word performance, The Hilton Arts Festival taking place from 13 until 15 September, is perhaps best known for its carefully curated selection of quality plays, and, true to form, offers a great line up of topical dramas this year. ‘I want you to behave [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival – A Laugh A Minute

24th July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

This year’s Hilton Arts Festival aims to make you laugh - with a full comedy line up . For the first time at the 27-year-old event, Darren Maule will tread the boards as the host of On Fire’s hilarious improve show, Scared Scriptless. Think of TV’s Who’s Line Is It Anyway and make it FAR, [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival – A Musical Feast

23rd July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September. There will be music in every single venue at the Hilton Arts Festival this year taking place from 13 until 15 September. South Africans need cheering up and what better way to do this but with music. The organisers have just realised that, for the first time ever, there [...]

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Heat City Comedy Festival

22nd July, 2019|Other, Theatre|

Durban: July 30 to August 4. The third annual Heat City Comedy Festival returns to Durban venues for six days of hilariousness featuring an astonishing array of some of South Africa’s most exciting, boundary breaking and innovative comedians, from July 30 to August 4. The proudly local festival spreads its wings this year as it [...]

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Comedy At Hilton Arts Festival

17th July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Theatre|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September There is a powerfully funny line up of comedy at this year’s Hilton Festival now in its 27th year taking place from 13 to 15 September. Dry White ….having recovered from his early-onset midlife crisis just in time for Cape Town to almost become the world’s first city to [...]

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Benny Bushwhacker In Human Nature

12th July, 2019|Theatre|

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 29 July – 11 Aug The inimitable Benny Bushwhacker comes to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 29 July to 11 August. The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home, Benny Bushwhacker, world renowned conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot. The legend returns [...]

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KickstArt’s Charlotte’s Web – Review by Chris Sutton (The Rat Line)

18th June, 2019|Theatre|

This gem of a story, penned by American author E.B White, should depress sales of bacon and pork sausages for a bit. But maybe not - as Charlotte points out; humans have short memories! Whilst White was not a vegetarian himself he was apparently very aware that a farmer is one who betrays his animals [...]

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