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HILTON ARTS (article first published : 2000-07-20)

The line-up for the Hilton Arts Festival is nearing completion with most productions confirmed. So far, this is what theatre lovers can expect.

First, a warning - booking is essential. The only method of securing advance tickets is via booking kits which will be available from August 18 at selected Spar outlets throughout KZN.

On the drama side will be local productions War Cry, John van de Ruit’s first full-length play, and KickstArt’s Popcorn - both recent Vita Award nominees for best production. Fiona Coyne, who will be remembered for As the Kookie Crumbles at last year’s Hilton Arts Festival, is another writer who has written a first full-length play. Titled Glass Roots, it wowed Grahamstown audiences recently and features a superb performance by Diane Wilson.

Providing guaranteed laughs will be Paul Slabolespzy's latest play Crashing the Night which is worth seeing for Camilla Waldman’s performance alone.

(All these productions have been reviewed in artSMart – either under Drama or Festivals.)

Skin Tight is a tender and moving love story, set against the background of the Second World War in Australia, that won a Fringe First at the ‘99 Edinburgh Festival. Talking Heads performed by Fiona Ramsay and Graham Hopkins, comprises avant garde pieces and is another production which took Grahamstown audiences by storm.

On the music side, there’s the delightful Who Stole the Orchestra featuring Rory Rootenberg with Karen Meiring and Bondina Osterhoff from Cutt Glas and Charl van Heynigen. The latter will also present a programme of Italian love songs. Hilton audiences will also welcome the return of Not The Midnight Mass.

Expect to see Greig Coetzee and Aldo Brincat on the programme … and more! Watch this space and grab a booking kit as soon as you can!




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