A selection of shows for those in search of unusual offerings at the Hilton Arts Festival

Mo Magic.

Mo Magic.

LOOKING for a little something different at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival which runs from September 18-20 at Hilton College? Here are a couple of shows which you definitely should make an effort to see.

1 Man 1 Light is the new show by talented lighting designer, Michael Broderick, who has previously given theatre-goers the beautiful Jakob staged at Seabrooke’s Theatre at DHS and performed by Bryan Hiles.

Only 12 minutes long, 1 Man 1 Light combines his love and knowledge of light with the theatrical artistry of director and choreographer, David Gouldie, and the performance talents of Belinda Henwood.

Tickets for the show, which can be seen in the CFI lecture theatre at 4.30 pm on Friday, September 18, 11.30 am , 2 pm, 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm on Saturday, September 19 and 12.45 pm and 3.30 pm on Sunday, September 20, are R40. The show is suitable for all ages.

Alternatively, you could join a group of local poets as they share work inspired by the KZN Midlands in A Poets Midlands Meander in the Campbell Hall at 7 pm on Friday, September 18.

Expect a range of writing, from “landscape poetry” to close-up “portrait poems” inspired by people and places from Pietermaritzburg to the little ‘Berg. The poetry will be punctuated, so to speak, by original music played on instruments that have been hand made in the Midlands. Tickets are R80. Suitable for all ages.

For those old enough to remember variety shows, Cape Town-based Follow Spot Productions are sure to hit the spot with Bon Soir in the Grindrod Bank Theatre at 7 pm on Friday, September 18 and 5.15 pm on Saturday, September 19.

Variety shows offered patrons a wonderful string of entertainment, showcasing all sorts of talent and finishing with a splashy grand finale – speciality acts, comedy skits, spectacular vocals and phenomenal dance displays.

In Bon Soir, eight performers including the beloved Ash and Brad of Big Boys fame deliver a flawless production that will put you on a high! This show was a firm favourite at the National Arts Festival, selling out every night. Tickets are R195 and the show is suitable for the whole family.

If you are a fan of magic, then book tickets for Mo Magic Shaken Not Stirred which can be seen at the Fleur de Lys at 6 pm on Friday, September 18, 12 noon on Saturday, September 19, 6 pm on Saturday, September 19 and 12 noon on Sunday, September 20.

Dubbed the “James Bond of Magic” and heralded as South Africa’s top magician, Mo Magic performs on stage, TV and radio. His passion for astonishing and entertaining, combined with his skill, inimitable charm and charisma leaves audiences spellbound and in awe.

Combining sleight of hand and mind magic with modern premises and comedy, his performances are cutting edge. So, prepare to be astonished by magic that he has performed across the globe as well as sneak previews of new illusions that he has prepared for upcoming TV appearances.

Tickets for the show, which is accompanied by a three course meal, are R440.

Last – but by no means least – are two Durban favourites, Anthony Stonier and Darren King, who present The Art of Being Ugly in the Drama Centre on Friday, September 18 at 6.30 pm and Saturday, September 19 at 5.30 pm.

Actors spend their careers playing many roles – from Shakespeare and Ibsen to fools and fops. Anthony and Darren have spent their lives being Uglies: from Snow White’s evil nemesis to Jack’s hapless mother. But no show epitomises the Uglies like Cinderella.

Directed by Peter Court, join Lou and Lav as they prepare for their 364th performance of Cinderella in their dressing room. As they joke, tease and cajole each other into one more performance, these two consummate performers entertain you (and themselves), transforming from luckless actors to wretched stepsisters.
Tickets are R120. No under 13s.

To book for these Hilton Festival Shows log on to http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za

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