Posts Tagged ‘2015 National Arts Festival’

'Spiritfest', Cathedral on high. photo: Charles Harry Mackenzie

One of the defining characteristics of Festival is its diversity. There is something for everyone on the programme; some might even say that there are too many options. However, the point is they are inclusive and try to cater to everyone. The Spiritfest, however is not like that.

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Marcel Meyer as the Prince of Denmark,  and  Mathew Baldwin  as Guildenstern in The Tragedy of Hamlet at the Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown, 06 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Abrahamse & Meyer Productions brings this new rendition of the tragedy as performed by the crew aboard The Red Dragon off the East Coast of South Africa, one of the earliest recorded performances of Hamlet, in 1608. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

The minimalist stage holds a board to represent a ship surrounded by water. The backdrop is clear plastic. The stage suddenly darkens and six sailors appear, discussing a play about the tragic Danish prince, Hamlet.

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South American filmmakers Alvaro Brechner and Pablo Cesar shared the experience they had with bolstering their continent’s flagging independent cinema industry, hoping that it can benefit the South African film industry.

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7 weird and wonderful things. Done by: Heather Cameron and Sarah Rose de Villiers

One can find many things at the Village Green. There’s food, clothing, accessories and even a rather pricey life-size beaded lion. The lion’s one of the many weird and wonderful things one can purchase at the market. Here’s an illustration of 7 such objects.

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Jannes Erasmus performs in Smaarties at the B2 Arena, Grahamstown, 06 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. AbstrACT Productions presents this one man show about Mr Lotz a schizophrenic who finds himself in a psychiatric ward. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

Jannes Erasmus stands in the centre of the stage. He is shirtless and a white sheet is pulled over his face. Eleven desk lamps surround him in a wide semicircle.

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Stefan Erasmus performs in Ashes on 6 July 2015 at the National Arts Festival.  Ashes is a hard-hitting two-hander chronicling the life of a young gay man through the eyes of six characters.  (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

It isn’t often that a show moves me to tears, but Philip Rademeyer’s portrayal of a gay boy’s childhood did. Not to be confused with the student theatre production Ashes to Ashes, the play written and directed by Rademeyer tells the story of a nameless boy, his difficult relationship with his parents, the society he lives in, and the tenderness of first love.

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Allana Aldridge and Justin Kirck in 'Butlers and Babysitters at the Highlander in Grahamstown on 3 July 2015 at the 2015 national Arts Festival. The show included and interactive aspect which allowed the audience to choose which characters were killed off throughout the play. (Photo: CuePix / Jeff Stretton-Bell)

Butlers and Babysitters incorporates audience participation with a skeletal plot that brings out your inner murderer.

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Jemma Kahn and Roberto Pombo perform in a dress rehearsal for ‘We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Croissants: & Deadly New Stories For Consenting Adults’ at the St Andrew Studio 2, Grahamstown, 1 July 2015, before the 2015 National Arts Festival. POPArt productions in association with Jemma Kahn features immoral stories in an anticipated sequel to The Epicene Butcher. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

Over a crunchy pear in our offices, Cue chatted to the creative visionary behind the Festival hit We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants, which uses the ancient Japanese art of kamishibai (paper theatre) to tell seven wickedly wonderful stories.

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