A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

festivals
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

HILTON THUMBNAIL REVIEWS (article first published : 2000-09-21)

Not the Midnight Mass (Main Festival) : Maybe it was their late arrival, but they were a little rough around the edges and quite messy in places; but their irreverent approach and perfect harmony still make them a force to be reckoned with. (PM)

Talking Heads (Main Festival): Graham Hopkins and Fiona Ramsay doing a thoroughly satisfying job of two of Alan Bennett's monologues – Hopkins as the sad fellow who still lives with his elderly Mam and Ramsay as the vicar's wife who hates flower arranging and fancies the sherry bottle and Ramesh the Pakistani who sells it in his corner shop. Funny and sad - Bennett demonstrating that being alive and staying that way is no joke. (MvK)

Hooked? (Main Festival): Mark Hawkins' Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company with a well-chosen festival programme - excellent contemporary dance (but nothing to alarm the timid) from choreographers Paul Douglas and David Gouldie, tradition in Le Spectre de la Rose and Midsummer Night's Dream - and two Dying Swans, including one of the funniest things you'll ever see on a ballet stage. (MvK)

Mung! (Fringe Festival): Rob van Vuuren's combination of classical mime and avant garde physical theatre moves from sheer genius to total self-indulgence - a strong directorial hand with a very sharp knife is required. (PM)

Sic (Fringe Festival): For me the pick of the festival! Nick Boraine combines effortless physical control and beautiful vocal expression with a flair for storytelling, to create a riveting piece of theatre that is at once elegant and raw. No death scene will ever be the same again! (A different perspective overheard: " What a good-looking lad; such beautiful teeth!" - maybe she thought it was a horse festival?) (PM)

Classics of Jazz (Fringe Festival): The Jeff Judge Quartet - A great escape from the heat and hype outside for a reminder of just how much talent is flourishing right here in PMB. Jeff Judge (piano), John Gay (drums), Peter Bosse (bass guitar), Keri Judge (flute) and vocalist Helen Vermaak presented a great festival programme ranging from Claude Bolling’s suite for classical flute and jazz trio to a song based on Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie 1. (MvK)

You Might as Well Live (Fringe Festival): A look at the life and writing of Dorothy Parker, with Belinda Harward as Parker and Michael Gritten as everyone else. Great one-liners but this catalogue of the woes of the suicidal Vicious Circle at New York’s Algonquin Hotel is not entirely satisfying. Harward and Gritten are both good, but the structure is too bitty for the real Parker to emerge. (MvK)

The House Husband (Fringe Festival): Aldo Brincat has bravely taken on the woes of those white South Africans who have emigrated and have to put South Africa, ostrich biltong, Milo, wonderful weather, crime and affirmative action behind them. Brincat's commanding presence and the sharp observation of the piece are good but there are moments when a lack of direction shows. Still, the potential for this to be turned into a little gem is there. (MvK)




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart