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.

ST ANNE'S THEATRE FESTIVAL 2002 (article first published : 2002-08-18)

St Anne’s School situated at Hilton outside Pietermaritzburg will present its 2002 Theatre Festival from August 15 to 21. The original idea behind the festival was to create a platform on which to launch the St Anne's Interhouse Theatre Competition. The competition, created in a new format since 2000, has proved to be a great success.

This year, as part of St Anne's 125th celebrations, the festival is bigger and incorporates the St Anne's Chapel and the Crossways Country Inn venue.

The intention of the festival is to provide a venue for theatrical productions that have an appeal to a wide range of the local and surrounding community. Other intentions are to keep ticket prices at an affordable level and to bring good theatre into the school environment to aid an already thriving and growing Drama Department.

August 15: Oviri: The Savage Civilian a play by Janet van Eeden-Harrison in The Theatre, St Anne's College at 19h00 (70 minutes). Tickets R25 (Reviewed on artSMart – see Festivals) The play deals with the life of Paul Gauguin, an artist compelled to paint at the cost of everything the civilised world valued. Oviri is the name given to the Tahitian idol that means 'the savage who lives in the forest'. A statue of this idol was placed on Gauguin's grave on the islands where he died. The play examines the nature of the artist in general and also explores the effects of Colonialism on non-Christian societies. Playing Gauguin is Deon Stewardson, son of the legendary Joe. A seasoned actor in his own right, Deon has been in innumerable films and productions but was part of the very first Grahamstown Festival ever in Roy Sargeant's production of The School For Scandal playing alongside the late great Richard Haines. He was last seen in James Whyle's production of King Lear playing Gloucester. He is supported by a talented cast in this intriguing life story. It will be Gauguin's Centenary in 2003. This play honours his legacy to the world of Art.

August 16: KZN Youth Orchestra, The St Anne's/Hilton Concert Band and The Michaelhouse Choir The Theatre-St Anne's College at 19h00 (120 minutes including 20 minute interval). Tickets R20. The KZN Youth Orchestra was formed in 1994 by Candace Whitehead and Derrick Fockens, who both directed and conducted the orchestra. The orchestra will present a selection from Phantom of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a selection of themes from 007 movies, a selection from Les Miserables, Waldteufel's Espana and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Both the St Anne's/Hilton Concert Band and The Michaelhouse Choir have performed in many varied venues locally and around the country.

August 17: Delights From Memory Lane by The Golden Entertainers in the Theatre, St Anne's College, at 14h00 (70 minutes). Tickets R25. Delights from Memory Lane includes melodies from yesteryear such as Top Hat, Blue Horizon and On The Sunny Side of the Street. Another programme on the same evening will be If Music be the Food of Love, a Cabaret Supper Theatre Show which includes a three-course meal atCrossways Country Inn at 19h00. Tickets R80. Presented by Big Dream Productions, the programme offers songs, poems and prose that probe the complex issues of relationships and their effect on the individual. The script, compiled by Alison Lockhart, ranges from the comic and frivolous to the more serious and thought provoking. Musical numbers include a wide selection of songs ranging from Carol King and Elvis Presley through to Eurythmics, Sting and John Lennon.

August 18: Organ and Flute Recital in The Chapel, St Anne's College at 17h00 (50 minutes). Free of charge. Performed by organist Joyce Shingler and flautist Keri Judge. The musicians will perform extracts from the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and DeBussy in the beautiful atmosphere of this chapel. A further performance of If Music be the Food of Love at Crossways Country Inn at 19h00. Tickets R80.

August 19: A Coloured Place a play by Malika Lueen Ndlovu directed by Tina Johnson at The Theatre, St Anne's College at 20h00 (70 minutes) Tickets R30. A Coloured Place opened at The Market Theatre to great critical acclaim and has had three successful seasons at The Playhouse. A Coloured Place reflects on the general field of humanity where a person, irrespective of race or colour, is stereotyped. The two female performers introduce six women grappling with their lives. The common denominator in the six stories is that the protagonist is a woman and the overall message is one of hope: women continue to struggle and overcome in spite of the erosion of their personal power. Written by Malika Lueen Ndlovu, the play lashes out at Cape Coloured stereotypes.

August 20: Interhouse Theatre Festival in The Theatre at St Anne's College at 18h00 (60 minutes) Tickets R20. Also a further performance of A Coloured Place at 20h00 (70 minutes) Tickets R30.

August 21: Interhouse Theatre Festival in the Theatre, St Anne's College, at 19h00 (60 minutes) Tickets R20. Having thrown out the traditional one act play competition, the grade 11 Speech and Drama learners rise to the challenge of creating their own short pieces of theatre, incorporating any style or form of theatre other than that of a scripted scene. Most of them choose to work experimentally which enables them to apply the range of practical skills they learn in the classroom to a specific project, and is in fitting with the IEB matric practical syllabus for drama. The Interhouse Theatre Festival also gives the girls entrepreneurial skills in learning how to create, produce, direct, organize and administrate a theatre production from beginning to end. The more experimental format also allows for more girls in the houses to be involved and so too learn from the experience.

The girls give this production a tremendous amount of hard work and creativity and this is the success of the programme, together with the mature and professional way in which they conduct themselves throughout. The Interhouse Theatre Festival is always engaging and entertaining, and the theatrical variety that is achieved by having seven short pieces on the programme only adds to its appeal. Not to be missed!

The Festival Director is Lynn Chemaly with Mike Wiblin as Technical Director: More details from The Theatre-St Anne's College on 033 343-1609. Bookings on 033 343-3300.




 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