PIETERMARITZBURG actors, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande, will be having a busy Hilton Arts Festival. The two men are performing in three shows – Feedback, Master Harold and the Boys and Tales of the Termite! – during the festival which runs at Hilton College from September 16 to September 18.
Written by Greig Coetzee, Termite!, which is directed by Peter Mitchell, combines physical theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy as it blends traditional folk tales with modern South African life.
This fast-paced trilogy of stories tells tales of various animals as they take on Minicab Taxis, Colonel Sanders and try to explain why dogs sniff each other’s behinds! This is satire of the most hilarious and cutting variety.
The play, which can be seen in the Drama Centre at 12pmon Friday, September 16, is part of the Jongosi Schools Festival, and while preference is given to school children, there may be spare tickets for other festival-goers.
TQ and Mpilo – whose previous productions include Woza Albert!, Horn of Sorrow and The Island – will also be performing in Andrew Buckland’s Feedback at 10am on Sunday, September 18 in the Drama Centre.
Feedback is a fantastical murder mystery that, in the peculiar logic of Buckland, becomes a hilarious, poignant and quirky piece of physical theatre. This satirical comedy cunningly explores topics as diverse as food-consciousness and globalisation, and, in the hands of two sensational actors becomes an intense action-packed celebration of humanity and our capacity for greed and altruism.
TQ and Mpilo play many characters in this tale of two brothers, a detective and a host of flying cheeses.
The production, which is directed by Mitchell, will also be staged at Jongosi at 3pm on Friday, September 16.
The final offering from the pair is Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys, which is being staged in the Drama Centre at 10am on Saturday, September 17.
Set in Port Elizabeth in 1950, this award-winning South African classic takes place in a small tea shop on a rainy afternoon. Hally (played by talented actor, Jonathan Cohen (Shrek The Musical, White Christmas) has grown up in the affectionate company of waiters, Sam and Willie, but festering issues of family, race, and power are not easy to ignore, and a single phone call triggers catastrophe. The profoundly personal becomes heartbreakingly political.
Peter Mitchell directs Master Harold and the Boys which also features on the Jongosi programme (at 9am on Friday, September 16).
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