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FESTIVAL CABARET (article first published : 2003-06-5)

This year’s Fringe of the 2003 National Arts Festival boasts a string of accomplished cabaret artists.

Amanda Strydom kicks off the cabaret scene with a celebration of 25 years in the entertainment industry – a tongue-in-cheek, one-woman musical extravaganza featuring many of her own songs, plus favourites by Noel Coward, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel and others.

Four classy girls with attitude! Sensational! is a show-stopping celebration of the music of today’s divas. A follow-up to last year’s Centrestage production, Sisters are doing it for themselves, this sizzling tribute features beautifully textured harmonies, scintillating girl-power and great songs, performed by Buli G, Donna Africa, Tara-Jane Metzler and Alison Glover.

A thorn amongst the roses on this year’s Fringe cabaret circuit is Roberto. This flamboyant entertainer, impersonator and accomplished pan flutist made SA history when he became the first instrumental artist to receive a platinum award for his CD Pipe Dreams. In Carnival in Rio, Roberto blends his astonishingly accurate impersonation acts with Latin American music and songs to create a cabaret that sparkles with energy and fun.

Elzabé Kritzinger may be petite but she has the voice and manner of a superstar! In Hartjie, accompanied by pianist Mornè Serfontein, she charms audiences with a selection of Afrikaans songs – and the magnetism of a seasoned entertainer. This erstwhile full-time mom will delight you with her smoky-voiced repertoire of original yet oddly familiar songs.

Renowned cabaret artist, Lisa Bobbert, makes her debut as a solo artist in Bobbert Uncut at the 2003 Festival. Previous sell-out performances, in tandem with Aaron McIlroy, include Belly Laughs, Sex, Bugs and Rock ‘n Roll and Abba Maniacs. This year audiences can expect a laugh-a-minute journey though “life with Lisa” as she showcases her own hilarious experiences in this bittersweet musical comedy.

Bookings for the National Arts Festival Fringe now open at Computicket nationwide and the Booking Kit is available from selected Standard Bank branches. Don’t miss out on this year’s blockbuster Fringe, phone the Festival hotline for more information: (046 603-1103/1164)

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by the Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, SABC and National Arts Council. The Festival began in 1974 as a project of the Grahamstown Foundation and has since grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. In 2002, the Festival was renamed the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and is now an independent Section 21 company.




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