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Sunday, July 31, 2011


(Pic by Val Adamson: Neil Coppen's "Abnormal Load" will appear at the Hilton Festival in September)

Many of the shows that contributed to this year’s 11 days of Amaz!ng at the National Arts Festival are spreading the arts-love to other venues and festival around the country.

From the Main theatre programme, Standard Bank Young Artist Neil Coppen’s Abnormal Load will be at the Hilton Arts Festival on September 13 and 14 before returning for a longer season at the Playhouse Theatre in April next year. The Abrahamse-Meyer Production of Shakespeare’s R&J will be playing that the Fugard Theatre Studio in Cape Town from July 25 to August 20. Their 2010 Main theatre production Richard III has been invited to be presented at the 8th International Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Romania next year.

The Market Theatre will host Greg Latter’s Death of a Colonialist (September 2 to October 16) and Sylvaine Strike’s The Table (August 2 to September 18). Purgatorio will be on at the Baxter Theatre, from July 7 to 30 while Sadako will play at the Out the Box Festival in Cape Town during September. The Last Pro will be at the Windybrow Theatre from July 20 to 31. Pieter Toerien will present History Boys (directed by Alan Swerdlow) at Theatre on the Bay from July 12 to August 6. Lara Bye’s production of Night, Mother will be at the Aardklop Festival during October.

From the Main dance programme, Cape Town City Ballet’s Swan Lake will be on at the Artscape from August 19 to 26.

The Arena production 8 minuets will be on stage at the Momentum Theatre of the State Theatre in Pretoria from August 2 to 28. Poisson, a play written by Juliet Jenkins and directed by 2010 Ovation Award winning director Christiaan Olwagen that appeared on the Arena programme this year, will also be playing at the Baxter Golden Arrow studio, from July 13 to 30.

The 2011 Standard Bank Ovation Award winners from this year’s Fringe festival will also be performing at various venues and other festivals around the country in the following few months.

Gold Ovation Award winner for Music, Chris Chameleon, will perform extensively at various venues and Festivals around the country. For more information on dates and venues see

Laurie Levine and Lize Wiid, who won a Silver Ovation award in the Music category, have various gigs in Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and Durban, leading up to an album launch on August 25 at The Alexander Theatre in Johannesburg. They will then travel to the FORR music festival in Mozambique.

Shannon Hope, another Ovation Award winner in the Music category, will perform at various venues in Stellenbosch, Napier, Rondebosch and Knysna in July, as well as at the Oppikoppi Festival in August and the Hilton Arts Festival in September.

Free Voice Productions’ The Ogreling, which won a Silver Ovation Award in the Family Theatre category, will be on stage at the Out the Box Festival in Cape Town from September 3 to 11, and also plan a tour to schools and community centres in the Eastern Cape in September/October.

Stuart Lightbody will perform his Silver Ovation Award winning comedy Stuperstition at Kalk Bay Theatre in October.

Door (an Ovation Award winning collaboration between Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company and Jori Snell of Baba Yaga Theatre) will perform at the Mpumalanga Schools Festival in Secunda on August 4 and 5, at the Free State Schools Festival in Bloemfontein on August 11 and 12, as well as at the Out the Box Festival in Cape Town from September 3 to 11.

Nicola Haskins’ As Night Falls will travel to Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom in October 2011. The production will also run at the Kr√™kvars Festival at Pretoria’s Masker Theatre on July 25, 27 and 30. Mafeking Road will run at the Intimate Theatre from October 18 to November 5.

...miskien (The Pink Couch) and the Gold Ovation Award winning (Dance) Anatomy of Weather (The Matchbox Theatre Collective) travel to the Amsterdam Fringe in September as part of the newly-established World Festival Alliance cooperative. ...miskien will also appear at the Aardklop Kunstefees in Potchefstroom from October 6 to 8. Fiona York appears in Rose, running at Kalk Bay Theatre until August 6.

A number of productions from across the Arena and the Fringe have been selected by a visiting group of European producers to be presented in Netherlands and the U.K. as part of the Afrovibes Festival. An announcement about the productions will be shortly announced by the Afrovibes Festival.

“The National Arts Festival has affirmed its reputation as a vibrant showcase for both national and international producers who are scouting for high quality South African work to be presented at their venues and festivals,” said Festival Director Ismail Mahomed. The next National Arts Festival will be held from June 28 to July 8, 2012, in Grahamstown.

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Sunday Independent and M Net.