The Alchemy of Words

22nd September, 2017|Music, Theatre|

Seabrook's Theatre: Friday 22 Sept: 19:00 Alliance Française de Durban brings acclaimed multi-media production, The Alchemy of Words which searches to capture the enigma of French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, to the Seabrookes Thetre at DHS for one public performance only, on Friday 22 September at 7pm. In The Alchemy of Words, three artists, a puppeteer, [...]

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A Handful of Keys Auditions Notice

21st September, 2017|Music, Theatre|

Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo: Monday 30 October South Africa’s iconic piano show, A Handful of Keys, is coming to Durban and is on the lookout for a new pianist to feature in the line-up. As the show tours, the management is sourcing pianists in each region to be guests star joining Roelof Colyn and newcomer James [...]

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“Curtain Up” Celebrating the life of Themi Venturas

20th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Playhouse Opera Theatre: Tuesday 26 September at 6pm Curtain Up: There will be a gathering to celebrate the life of well-known theatre all-rounder Themi Venturas who died last week, to take place in the Playhouse Opera on Tuesday 26 September at 6pm. The celebration will be in the form of a montage of performances, memories [...]

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25 Years Of Greatness @ The Hilton Arts Festival!

18th September, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 KZN’s premier arts festival, the Hilton Arts Festival, celebrated its 25th birthday with a bumper weekend of phenomenal art, music and theatre. In true festival style, the weekend saw a full kaleidoscope of haphazard weather patterns – from baking heat, to gale force winds, to pea-soup mist, biting [...]

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Durban is doubly Footloose!!!

13th September, 2017|Theatre|

Fans of Footloose - the iconic 80’s movie with a great soundtrack, featuring a youthful Kevin Bacon as the tenacious and rebellious city teenager, Ren and John Lithgow as the conservative Rev Shaw Moore, are in for a treat this week. Footloose has two different incarnations currently on the boards in Durban: the 17th annual [...]

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A Thoughtful Pose

12th September, 2017|Art, Theatre|

One of the evocative photographs by Harry Lock from his exhibition of theatre portraits, Out of Character, which will be displayed at this weekend’s Hilton Arts Festival. The Hilton Festival has a special focus on visual arts this year with an array of art and photographic exhibitions. Lock has photographed master satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys who [...]

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Good Vibrations now playing in heaven!

12th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Obituary: Themistocles “Themi” Venturas 1958 – 2017 Last night the South African theatre community lost one of its brightest, most beloved and most versatile stars with the passing of Themistocles “Themi” Venturas who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He died at Hospice surrounded by his family: wife Trish and sons Matthew (29) and his [...]

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Review of Shall We Dance by Chris Sutton

11th September, 2017|Theatre|

This is the 25th Edition of "Shall We Dance" and it is a cracker of a show. Opening night is always exciting, especially on a Friday when the audience is getting into weekend mode. The long bar was well patronized so by the time everyone was seated, the ever wonderful Playhouse was abuzz. Hosted by [...]

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Review of Young Performers Project’s Footloose by Chris Sutton

11th September, 2017|Theatre|

Presented by the Young Performers this remake of the American musical has been adapted for Durban audiences by Director Daisy Spenser. Music Director Dawn Shelby also takes to the stage with the live band "The Reals", which includes well known Durban guitarist Barry Thompson. Other than local places and accents, the story follows the original [...]

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Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development

7th September, 2017|Theatre|

Pieter-Dirk Uys’s famous alter-ego rewrites history Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 31 October – 19 November 2017 Get a revised history lesson from South Africa’s most famous white woman, Evita Bezuidenhout, as she presents her side-splitting, satirical stand-up Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus for a three [...]

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LARA FOOT’S AWARD-WINNING THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS AND KAROO MOOSE TO HEADLINE THE HILTON ARTS FESTIVAL IN KWAZULU NATAL

5th September, 2017|Theatre|

Fresh from its success at the recent 2017 Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival in Scotland, acclaimed playwright, director and producer, Lara Foot’s The Inconvenience of Wings and Karoo Moose transfers to the Hilton Arts Festival in KwaZulu Natal from 15 to 17 September. Foot is the CEO and artistic director of the Baxter Theatre Centre and [...]

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Interview with Durban North’s Dancing Couple by Haylea Heyns

5th September, 2017|Theatre|

Durban’s Dance Power Couple shake up Shall We Dance The annual showcase, Shall We Dance, returns to The Playhouse Company’s Opera Theatre for it’s quarter-centenary year, and choreographing the Belly and Line Dancing section of the show is Durban’s dance power couple –Warren and Senta Duffield. The showcase, which was started in 1991 by the [...]

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From Evita Bezuidenhout

4th September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

I am shocked to read suggestions in the media that I had an affair with Cyril Ramaphosa! I am a married Afrikaner Christian who, in spite of being a member of the ANC, still regard my marital vows as sacred. My husband Hasie is alive, and if he read these headlines of fake news, it [...]

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A ‘Springling’ Of Colour

1st September, 2017|Music, Theatre|

Actor / singer/ performer Bryan Hiles has fun in Durban’s majestic Botanic Gardens to celebrate Spring Day, by serenading “Lola” who joins Bryan as part of the cast of Tie Another Knot in It, a Las-Vegas inspired musical revue taking place at KZN’s foremost arts festival: the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival taking place in [...]

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A Spring Serenade

1st September, 2017|Other, Theatre|

Comedian Neil Green and performer Bryan Hiles have fun in Durban’s majestic Botanic Gardens to celebrate Spring Day, by serenading “Lola” (who joins Bryan as part of the cast of Tie Another Knot in It, a Las-Vegas inspired musical revue). Neil and Bryan will both be performing at KZN’s foremost arts festival: the 25th annual [...]

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Hello Spring!!

1st September, 2017|Music, Other, Theatre|

Thandeka Msweli and Bella Webber mark Spring Day in Durban’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. Bella, a learner at Danville Girls High, will be appearing in Footloose: the high-energy 17th annual Young Performers Production about a kid struggling to fit in and needing to change things in a small conservative town, which will take place at the [...]

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Interview with SWD Star, Menzie Khanyase by Haylea Heyns

31st August, 2017|Theatre|

Local Performer Celebrates A Decade of Dancing The annual showcase, Shall We Dance, returns to The Playhouse Company’s Opera Theatre for it’s 25th year, and celebrating a decade of dancing in this production is seasoned performer, Menzie Khanyase. Khanyase is from Chesterville and started dancing at the age of 17 when he joined the dance [...]

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Day trip to the Hilton Arts Festival

30th August, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 For those who live a-far, and those who would prefer not to drive at night – there are full weekend options for day-time productions at the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival which will once again be hosted in the picturesque Hilton College from 15 – 17 September, 2017, [...]

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Comedy at Hilton Arts Festival

29th August, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 Comedy will be among the main areas of focus at this year’s 25th Hilton Arts Festival that takes place over the weekend of 15 – 17 September on the grounds of the Hilton College. Making a welcome return to the festival, top comedian John Vlismas brings along some [...]

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Crafts abound at Hilton

24th August, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 A huge variety of individual, non-commercial, bespoke, original, hand-made and locally-sourced craft items will be available at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival. Hilton festival endeavours to offer an overall all-encompassing festival experience – so not only is what happens inside the theatre venues a priority, [...]

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Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company to perform at Shall We Dance

23rd August, 2017|Theatre|

The Linda Vargas Spanish Dance Company have become an institution of Durban. Since its inception 35 years ago they have used innovation, creativity and the highest standards of professionalism to build a loyal an extensive following of Spanish dance and culture in South Africa – whilst developing a style and ethos that is also unique [...]

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Come Hungry! Festival Dining at Hilton

23rd August, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 The Hilton Festival will offer a range of dining options for festival goers again this year – from fabulous Steam Punk coffee, to unhurried Bistro dining to gentle music, to the lively Castle Lite SAB Beer tent with a myriad food stall options and live [...]

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Baxter Presence at Hilton

22nd August, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 Over the years Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre, under the visionary leadership of Lara Foot, has provided the Hilton Festival with a wonderful variety of challenging original productions. This year the Baxter is producing two shows which will be part of the Hilton Festival line up: [...]

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Defending the Caveman – Returns

22nd August, 2017|Theatre|

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 2 – 14 October 2017 Tim Plewman, by public demand, once again dons the Caveman’s skins and steps onto stage to add to his record breaking slew of sold out performances of the longest-running and most successful solo comedy in South African theatre history, as he returns to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival Programmes Available

21st August, 2017|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017 KZN’s premier arts festival: the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival will once again be hosted in the picturesque Hilton College from 15 – 17 September, 2017. The festival invites the crème-de-la-crème of what is hot and happening in the creative industries in South Africa: theatre; dance; comedy; musical [...]

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