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HILTON FESTIVAL STATISTICS (article first published : 2000-10-2)

The Hilton Arts Festival held from September 15 to 17 was once again a huge success and judging by the sheer numbers of visitors from the Midlands area, Durban and as far afield as Gauteng, this event is firmly ensconced on the national theatrical and festivals list. (See thumbnail reviews by Margaret von Klemperer and Peter Mitchell on these pages)

The Main programme figures were 90.87% which was a slight improvement on the 1999 figure of 90.40% whereas the Fringe showed a considerable improvement at 81.9% (1999 67%) and the new Brainfest attracted 48.71%.

Capacities at the various theatres were the Main Theatre at 90.87% and the Memorial Hall - a large venue but Greig Coetzee managed to fill it with Breasts! Ė at 94.32%. The Chapel is unrealistically big for the type of work presented there and only attracted 40.32% but the figure for the Drama Centre was76.49% and the Old Museum 90.39%. The Fleur De Lys Club played to 100% as did the workshop in the Sports Hall. Statistics excludes free performances of Skadonk, Choral Evensong and Festival Mass.

"We are again delighted with the success of the festival" says organiser Sue Clarence. "Not only are we thrilled by the box-office success with near on 88,5% capacity being recorded on the Main by Saturday night but by the incredible support from the public. This festival would not happen without their patronage, and I would like to thank everyone who attended the festival and contributed to its success.

"The technical support was sponsored by Production Projects," she adds, "and I must acknowledge that this was the first technically-strong festival for us with few hiccups and very smooth backstage operations."

Itís all systems go now for next yearís festival!




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