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HILTON ARTS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2002-07-28)

The pick of South African Theatre, music and dance come together for a three day festival at the Hilton College Theatre, Hilton College, from September 20 to 22. The festival is known for its strong drama line-up. 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 and Lisa; Remember this one? With Darren King 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 buskersí 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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