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HILTON ARTS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2002-09-20)

Last night saw the opening of the Natal Witness Hilton Arts Festival which kicked off with a sparkling and spirited production of Noel Coward’s much-loved comedy Private Lives. Carefully directed with true attention to the period by Greg King, it represents the Nedbank/Syfrets Private Banking flagship production of the festival.

With Ralph Lawson as the chauvinistic and waspish Elyot Chase and Belinda Harward as his former wife, the glamorous and brittle Amanda, the show is in good hands. It sprints along at a crackling pace, Coward’s deliciously wicked lines following each other in an exciting reminder of the witty art of conversation. The pair generate much fun and skilfully steer the text through its various moods.

While I know the work of Stacey Taylor and Kevin Turner well, I was delighted to see how admirably they coped with the parts of the ingenuous and animated Sybil (now married to Elyot) and the stolid and dependable Victor (now married to Amanda). Presenting focused and highly articulate performances, they have now reached the status of serious actors whose progress should be watched closely.

The part of Sophie is very tiny but it can make or break the second Act. Olivia Borgen is delicious as the snuffling, cold-ridden maid.

The festival proper starts today offering the pick of South African Theatre, music and dance from now until Sunday evening at the Hilton College Theatre, Hilton College.

This year some of the theatre on offer includes Decadence with Fiona Ramsay and Michael Richards; Chasing Chairs from Sue Pam Grant; Baobabs Don't Grow Here from James Cunningham; Arnie's Outrageous Rise with Aldo Brincat; Feedback with Li Newton and Andrew Buckland; Ingrid Jonker featuring Jana Cilliers; Shakers featuring Johnny Barbuzano; Chilli Boy by Matthew Ribnick; Green Mamba with Ben Voss and John van der Ruit and comedy with Alyn Adams. (Many of these productions were reviewed in Grahamstown and can be found in the current or archive Festivals pages)

A varied musical theatre line up marries the new with the nostalgic: Movies Greatest Music from Charl van Heyningen; Dame, Dog & Dead Guy featuring Catherine Mace and Belinda Henwood; Belly Laughs featuring Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert; Remember this one? with Anthony Stonier, Darren King and Vanessa Skaer, and Blondes Prefer Gentlemen with Karen Campbell-Gilles. An eclectic mix of music includes Megan Kahts; Classics of Jazz with Jeff Judge and Music Revival with Christopher Duigan.

As well as top theatre, festival-goers can enjoy the craft and food festival, the Brain Fest, a selection of visual art exhibitions, a buskers’ stage and a Book Fair. Booking kits can be collected from selected Spar outlets and the Natal Witness from August 23 onwards. Log onto www.artslink.co.za/hilton for more information on accommodation and festival highlights or phone (033) 343-0126 for information.

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