Posts Tagged ‘NAF2015’


After a long day of wandering through a number of the Festival exhibitions, I found myself on High Street at an exhibition that I’m not sure most people were aware of. Located in a room that sits just before the infamous Long Table, the Cory Room was host to the 40 Stones in the Wall exhibition.

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Throughout this festival I’ve been hearing people rant and rave about Dr Stef and his hypnosis show. Comments have been wide-ranging, from “absolute farce” to “absolutely amazing”, so  I decided to get in on the action and see for myself what all the fuss is about.

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Craig Morris appears in Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny. Photo: CuePix/Kate Janse van Rensburg

A denim-clad man paces the stage in NG Kerk Hall. This is  the eponymous Johnny. He stops and stares stoically at  the audience. As of now, we don’t know why Johnny Boskak  is feeling funny.  “The name’s Johnny Boskak and here’s my plak,” he  says, “I’m tjuning you bru, there’s a whole lot to do.”  “You look like you’re not hooking, into what’s cooking,  inside my brain,” he continues. We laugh, getting our fill of  South African colloquialisms.  The show uses rhyming couplets, and the audience  never tires of Johnny’s slick verses.

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Performers in Medea on 9 July 2015 at the National Arts Festival. The fresh take on Euripides’ classic tragedy aims to tell Medea’s story in a more current context, primarily intended to be relevant to women of today. (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

While the efforts of the production must not go unrecognised, we found it slightly difficult to enjoy the play beyond what it was – a contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy.

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Sandi Dlangalala, Lea Vivier
and Rita Hlaluka perform
in Hanamichi. The Japanese
influenced physical theatre retells
Ted Hughes’ The Thought Fox.
Photo: CuePix/Niamh Walsh-Vorster

The PJ’s stage is mostly bare.  Japanese manga art hangs in  one corner between two concealed  artworks. Sounds of a djembe drum  and flute usher the audience in,  soothing them into silence.  Hanamichi, directed by Tristan  Jacobs, is based on The Thought Fox,  a poem by Ted Hughes.

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Iconic South African satirist Peter-Dirk Uys in his show, "A part Hate A Part Love" at the Guy Butler Theatre in Grahamstown on 5 July 2015 at the 2015 National arts Festival. The Satirical show which celebrated the 70th Bbirthday of Uys's most famous character, Evita Bezuidenhout, recied a standing ovation from a capacity audience. (Photo: CuePix / Jeff Stretton-Bell)

Cue Pix photographers have been roaming the streets and stages of Grahamstown in search of moments suitable for social media site Instagram. Various photographers captured these portraits on 7 July.

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Angel Campey performs in Yes Really, Angel, at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 04 July 2015. This will be the show's final run at the National Arts Festival. (Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo)

In a male-dominated industry, stand-up female comics are few and far between. However, the likes of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have proved to be as equally good as their male counterparts at having the gift of the gab and have made progress into the acceptance of women in comedy.

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Illustration: Sarah-Rose de Villiers

No matter how long the queue outside the door, there will always be seats available. I have been reminded of this after attending three popular shows – the Bokani Dyer Quintet, Carlo Mombelli’s
Storytellers, Nduduzo Makhathini – on the jazz programme this year and observing the profoundly illogical ways in which people occupy space. Every other row invariably has a group sitting right against the aisle, buffered from their neighbours by two, perhaps three, empty chairs. Many of these remain vacant as the room fills up, with new arrivals often sitting on the floor.

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“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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On Sunday 5 July festival-goers had a chance to enjoy the ambiance of a different market in town. Atmosphere Market, which is a newly launched monthly market was successful in giving an alternative to the veteran Village Green and Cathedral Markets.

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