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NAF OUTDOOR THEATRE (article first published : 2004-06-2)

A bumper total of eight free outdoor theatre events will ensure that everyone is included in the fun at the National Arts Festival running from July 1 to 10.

That dynamic Durban duo, Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane, present three of the original hits that have made them famous at home and overseas: Boy called Rubbish, Squawk and iLobola.

Alfred Hinkel of Jazzart Dance Theatre and Mark Fleishman of the Magnet Theatre use fire, performance, lanterns, illusion, dance, pounding music and puppets in Rain in a Dead Man’s Footprints – a hypnotising response to the ancient rituals and myths of the /Xam people.

Headed up by Mark O’Donovan (an electrical engineer/sculptor) and Geert Jonkers (a Dutch percussionist) the Odd Enjinears work at the wild interface of art and technology. Ten Two One, their offering for Festival 2004, features a massive and mind-boggling music machine powered by people.

Using mime, magic, masks and wonderful wire puppets by Cephas Kachitigu, Cherryco and Tekweni Puppetplays, with Adi Paxton, Pamela Tancsik and Zanele Mzolo, will delight audiences of all ages with their two productions. African Fables is a reworking of the show invited to the International Puppet Festival in Austria. Pet’s Tale is about a bunch of kind wild animals who rally round a lost puppy-dog.

In Short Changed, Rhodes students and lively young actors from Grahamstown’s Eluxolweni Shelter for Children tell a story about ordinary community folk and the larneys who make important decisions on their behalf. Alex Sutherland of Rhodes Drama Department directs the show.

This feast of free entertainment is proudly brought to you by the Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, SABC and the National Arts Council.

Booking kits are now available from Standard Bank branches and Computicket. For further information visit the website www.nafest.co.za or telephone 046 603 1103.




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