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DHS’S NOTTING HILL GATE (article first published : 2000-08-17)

Durban High School is currently producing its major musical production which runs until (Friday) August 18. An adaptation of the well-known film .Notting Hill, it is titled Notting Hill Gate: the Musical, it follows previous DHS successes such as Dead Poets Society and The Breakfast Club which played to sold-out houses of more than 3,000 people.

The show features songs by well-loved popular artists such as Roy Orbison, U2, Simon and Garfunkel, Cher, Alanis Morissete, Sarah McLachlan and Taal Bachman and is a romantic comedy about what happens when an international Hollywood film goddess Anna Scott falls in love with an unsuccessful quiet bookshop owner William Thacker. Anna Scott is played by Sarah-Kate Seaward from St Mary’s DSG and William Thacker by Matthew Bennett from DHS.

The press release contains a statement by the show’s director, Geoff Mace. “This is a great opportunity to enjoy a humorous, entertaining evening, enjoy a drink in a warm “pub” atmosphere and to support those pupils who have been working very hard for three months to put the show together!”

These words from the former DHS teacher are all the more poignant as he passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. The cast and DHS staff have decided that “the show must go on” as would have been their director’s wish and all strength and courage are due to them for their decision. Geoff Mace was also one of the main organisers of the Not the Grahamstown Festival held annually at DHS.

Tickets at R20 (R15 scholars). Bookings via Pat Moore on 2022-7934 or Margie Coppen on 083 251-9412. The show begins at 19h00 and runs for about three hours




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