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KOLLIG FESTIVAL (article first published : 2000-06-18)

Booking is now open for the fifth Kollig Op die Klein-Karoo Kunstefees to be held in Durban from August 31 to September 2 in the 640-seater Port Natal School hall. Arranged by the Durban-based Teatergilde, the festival showcases the best of the Afrikaans productions seen at the annual Klein-Karoo Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn.

Topping the bill will be respected South African actor Marius Weyers who has made his name on the international scene after appearing in popular movies such as Paljas, Siener in die Suburbs and The Gods Must Be Crazy. He will review his 30-year career in the highly-acclaimed Weyers written and directed by Chris Voster. Cutt Glas, the well-known all-female group, celebrates its 10th anniversary at Kollig with Tien van die Buuste. Two Cutt Glas members also join the musical magic and nonsense of Who Stole the Orchestra?.

Francois Coertze (Lipstick Dipstick), Dorette Nel (Lyk Lollery), Craig Morris (Mannetjies Mentz) and Athena Maserakis (Susters van Eva) can be seen in the humorous Dr Jonas en die Verdomde Tempel, a send-up of the Indiana Jones series.

Johann Nel lampoons South African traditions and nudges a few sacred cows in Ha-Ha-Ha Afrika! directed by Juanita Swanepoel. He also appears with Joannie Combrink and Susanne Beyers (both from SABC2’s Soutmansland) in Drafstap of Drentel?. Drama, comedy and music makes up Trek Uit sees Wikus du Toit, Jolette Odenaal and musicians dealing with the ups and downs of life in South Africa. With script and lyrics by Hennie van Greunen and direction by Shirley Ellis, Lyf features actor, pianist and story-teller Pedro Kruger.

Singer Theuns Jordaan, rated as “the find of the new millennium” at this year’s Klein Karoo Arts Festival will appear in Vreemde Stad. There will also be a performance by the award-winning Potchefstroom University Choir led by their innovative choir master Awie van Wyk.

At a recent launch for Kollig, which is to cost the Teatregilde in the region of R70 000, audiences were privileged to see a sneak preview of what is to be on offer with a performance of Who Stole the Orchestra?. This is a brilliant production scripted and directed by Ian von Memerty and starring Rory Rootenberg and Charl van Heyningen alongside Karen Meiring and Bondina Osterhoff of Cutt Glas. Keeping these volatile musical geniuses admirably under control with his accompaniment was David Beverhoff.

If this production is an example of what is to come at Kollig 2000, start booking now. More details from (031) 205-6369.




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