Hexagon to host previews of National Arts Festival shows

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Sugar stars Nkanyiso Mazibuko and Nompilo Jili. Photo: Supplied

THE Hexagon Studio Theatre in the Hexagon Theatre complex at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus is holding a preview of two productions – #SirensRock and Sugar Sugar – which are heading to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The shows can be seen at 6 pm and 7 pm on Friday, July 1. Tickets R40 per show available at the door only.

#SirensRock – it has always been the way of the Sirens to lure in mariners with their hypnotic songs, and so has it been the fate of sailors to crash their ships on the surrounding rocks and drown for their folly.

Except, no ships have come by for decades and following an internal productivity audit, The Sirens need to get their numbers up or face (ex)termination.

Aglaope tries to stay positive while Peisinoe seems to have already given up when they discover image consultant Cassandra marooned on their shore. It seems the Gods are finally on their side as Cassandra pushes them into the 21st Century.

But, while Peisinoe eagerly embraces the change, Aglaope soon finds herself at odds with Cassandra and her new-fangled ways. Is Cassandra too good to be true? Can you teach an old Siren new tricks? What are they truly willing to sacrifice in order to succeed?

Written and directed by Masters student Erin Fourie, #SirensRock is a whimsical and slightly musical journey into the then and now of the Greek Sirens.

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#SirensRock stars Nandile Khumalo, Lihle Ngubo and Thembalihle Mncadi. Photo: Supplied

Sugar Sugar is based on the true story of Thozamile Taki- the infamous Sugarcane Killer. Sentenced to thirteen life sentences, Taki was defined as a “jackal in a sheep’s skin” by the ruling judge. This drama, woven with song and dynamic imagery, tells the story of love and personal conflict.

The play is written and directed by Londiwe Ngema.

Showtimes for the plays at the National Arts Festival:

  • #SirensRock can be seen in the Rehearsal Room at Rhodes at 11 am on July 4 and 7 pm on July 5. Tickets at Computicket. Age restriction 14 plus. 
  • Sugar Sugar can be seen in the Masonic Back at 4 pm on July 5, 6 pm on July 6, 12 pm on July 7, 10 am on July 9 at 2 pm on July 10. Tickets at Computicket. Age restriction 12 plus.
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