Hilton College: 14 – 16 September
Bookings for the youth orientated part of the Hilton Arts Festival, the Jongosi Schools Festival is full steam ahead, with the full line up being announced.
The Jongosi programme takes place on the first day of the three day festival which takes place on the magnificent grounds of Hilton College from 14 – 16 September. Careful consideration has gone into creating the Friday programme so it has an appeal of younger audiences.
Director for the festival, Sue Clarence said, “Our youth orientated festival was borne to introduce young people to the quality of theatre, to teach them that theatre entertains, educates and provokes discussions. The aim of our Jongosi day is to make the youth of today, the audiences of tomorrow.”
R375 per leaner allows the pupil the opportunity to experience three shows, and between shows they can partake in a variety of workshops for free.
“For those teachers bringing Grades 6 – 8, I suggest that your choices should be: Big Boys, Narrative Dreams and Hocus Pocus. All productions are suitable for Grades 9 to 12, except where specifically indicated.”
Shows still available include Big Boys The Third, Reloaded, Rebooted and Re-Invented, the dancing brothers are back with this energetic, feel-good piece that proves real mean dance with absurd antics, stylish dance featuring Ash and Brad Searle. Comedy’s Cool features Rob van Vuuren, Jem Atkins and Kelvin Stoffels in a hilarious stand-up comedy about the trials and tribulations of growing up, finding your place, and doing what you love in this crazy world of ours! Green Man Flashing is an International award winning production by South African playwright, Mike van Graan. This fast-paced political thriller written in a filmic style stars Litha Bam, Michelle Douglas, Kate Liquorish, Sechaba Morojele and David Denis. Silkworm is a story told through the eyes of Georgina, a gregarious and socially awkward child. The show makes extensive use of storytelling and clowning techniques and tells a story of how the little things are often the big things. Suddenly the Storm, written by and starring multiple award winning, prolific playwright, Paul Slabolespsky. This dangerous comedy starts as a smouldering, dark comedy turns into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, rages and recriminations – suddenly the storm begins. Featuring Charmaine Weir-Smith and Renate Stuurman.
Limited tickets are still available for Die Reuk van Appels, after sold out performances at the 2017 National Arts Festival and The Fugard Theatre, this coming of age story comes to Hilton. The stage adaption of the acclaimed 1993 debut novel by Mark Behr eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life. Hocus Pocus is a show filled with mysteries and tricks. This phenomenal piece of pure entertainment is performed by Brendon Peel and will appeal to all those who like magic and illusion. James Cairns vs Humanity is improvisation theatre at its best. This is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialect are made up in the moment, so no show is ever the same. In essence, it is Cairns versus his audience …only one of them walks out alive. With the help of ‘Cards Against Humanity’, Cairns gives us a solo improv right from the seat of his pants straight to the edge of your seats! And finally, Narrative Dreams is a play that explores the nature of childhood, a stage in life often described as utopian. Two boys from different worlds, puzzle their way through the tumultuous, playful years of childhood life in search of friendship and acceptance.
Bookings for Jongosi are open. For more details on the youth festival, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info contact the festival office on 033 383 0127 or visit www.hiltonfestival.co.za
The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, Corona and Capital Media.
Hilton Arts Festival 2018 Jongosi Programme
Hilton College: 14 – 16 September