“It’s all about the experience,” says director Quentin Wils. “It shouldn’t just be about sitting and watching a show.” Alexa – A Mobile Thriller is an original and chilling twist to the theatre experience.
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Saturday’s sunny activities opened with the Festival’s street parade in Joza Township and wrapped up with a cresendo of song, dance, drama and fireworks.
Old favourites combined with new productions launched the final weekend push of Festival on Friday.
The clouds and the cool damp weather may have sent the crowds inside at the Festival on Wednesday. But everything from WordFest poetry to Divalicious singing kept things hot.
Performance artist Gavin Krastin discusses #omnomnom, his latest piece, in which the audience is invited to eat a variety of foods off Krastin’s naked body, engaging with the pervasive links between food and various aspects of culture.
Every festival brings unique festival fashion inspired by the many clothes on sale at the Village Green. This year the bitter cold has lead hats, scarves, gloves and many other warm winter items to become extremely popular. So, if you want to fest up your wardrobe take a look at these must-have items at this year’s National Arts Festival.
Whether it is debating the future of poetry in South Africa, re-imagining Hamlet or dining off a naked body, Tuesday’s festival offerings aimed to surprise and challenge.
Festival visitors on Monday could choose from an exhibit that encourages cellphone use to guitar solos to a horror show, on stage as part of the mix of media throughout Grahamstown venues.
Let’s be frank for a second and admit that any act on the programme that’s performing between the hours of 6pm and midnight on a night that the World Cup is on is in serious risk of a load of empty seats. Last night, hundreds of Festival fanatics crammed the bars of Grahamstown to watch Germany reach the semis (AGAIN), David Luiz fire in a cracker of a goal, a giant bug land on James Rodriguez, and Neymar…let’s not talk about that.
Relocation, written by Hulisani Ndou, is a surreal play about how for some township residents, life has not improved since freedom in 1994. Director Thabiso “Vetis” Malebye and two actresses explain the unique techniques used to tell this story in this student theatre piece from Tshwane University of Technology.
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