Posts Tagged ‘national arts festival’

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Conrad Koch is the ventriloquist behind Chester Missing, one of South Africa’s better-known political analysts. Like most comedians in this country he talks about race – a lot. Missing, his new show at the Festival, is filled with barbs about colonialism and racial profiling, mostly delivered by Chester, a racially ambiguous puppet. Koch, though, is white, and deeply aware of it. Shortly before his opening performance on Wednesday night, which also featured two additional puppets, neither as funny as Chester, he sat down with Cue to talk about trolls (the virtual ones), satire, and white audiences not quite getting what he’s about.

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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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Photo: Charles Harry Mackenzie

After running across town, almost being run over by a minibus taxi and busting into a show venue seconds before it is scheduled to begin, I found nothing. No show. The show had been cancelled.
Not everything goes according to plan, so do yourself a favour and get acquainted with the various available platforms to see if performances are still on.

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Actor Lionel Newton is in The Return of Elvis Du Pisanie showing at the St Andrew's Hall in Grahamstown for the 2015 National Arts Festival. (Photo: Hlumela Mkabile)

Lionel Newton delivers an electric performance in The Return of Elvis Du Pisanie, a tensely moving meditation on hope, despair and the long shadows cast by childhood trauma. Paul Slabolepszy’s one-act play was first performed in 1992. It’s been staged plenty of times since then, so does it really need to be seen by audiences again? In short: yes, definitely. More than 20 years later, Newton (under the direction of André Odendaal) brings to life a script that still crackles with wit, pathos and intensity.

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Megan Leigh Moore(@iwanttoartyou). Photo: Charles Harry Mackenzie

“It never comes out the same way as the photo. Halfway through I get distracted and then do my own thing,” says Megan Leigh Moore, her head bent over her little sketchbook.

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Writer and Performer, Peter Gilchrist, on stage during 'The Divine Oscar' in Grahamstown on 3 July 2015, at the 2015 national Arts Festival. The piece is a portrayal of the life and works of Oscar Wilde. (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 6 July.

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Mandla Mlangeni plays the trumpet at the the Amandla Freedom Ensemble at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 05 July 2015. The quintet is inspired by church hymns, American postbop, and the Ornette Coleman Quartet among other things. (Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo)

CuePix 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 5 July.

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Diorgo Jonkers showcases and sells South African comics at 12 High Street. Photo: Greg Roxburgh.

Diorgo Jonkers sits behind a trestle table of comic books, on the wrong end of High Street, waiting for people to come. A freelance videogame programmer by day, Jonkers, who grew up in Grahamstown and returned two years ago, is the man behind SA Comic Books @ The National Arts Festival, one of the more niche, unofficial events on offer this year.

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CuePix 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 4 July.

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What is 2 498 shows, multiplied by 30 countries, divided by 11 days, and squared with a rush of adrenaline? It’s the National Arts Festival! With arts and productions at every corner, Cue worked out a few formulae and equations about what this Festival holds.

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