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Monday, August 8, 2011


(Pic by Mark Wessels: Dann-Jaques Mouton as Pa Vreemdeleing)

The St Anne’s Cultural Festival runs from August 10 to 17. The aim of the festival is to expose the school’s community to a diverse range of artistic performance, in form, content and style. The highlight of the festival is always the Interhouse Theatre Programme, which is featured on the final evening, August 17 at 19h00.

One of the highlights of the festival is the drama, Die Vreemdeling, created by Magnet Theatre in Cape Town and directed by Mark Fleishman and devised by the cast from a short story written by Frances Marek. The production, which features Ephraim Gordon, Rudi Malcolm and Dann-Jaques Mouton, has two performances: August 10 and 11 at 19h30.

Die Vreemdeling follows its successful tour along the N7 route and at the Aardklop Festival 2010, as well as at Magnet Theatre in Cape Town, Woordfees in Stellenbosch, and KKNK in Oudtshoorn in 2011. The production has been nominated for numerous awards: at Aardklop 2010: The Aardvark Best New Afrikaans Production award as well as Best Actor for Ephraim Gordon.

Using original music as well as dance and physical theatre, it tells the story of a young girl who lets a stranger through the gates of her town. The consequences of her actions change her life and the life of the town forever. The story touches on themes of ‘othering’, prejudice and belonging.

Another highlight is Tidal Waves on August 12 at 19h00. Widely regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa, it has played gigs from Oppikoppi to Pretoria, Cape Town to Potchefstroom and beyond. The band is made up of five gifted musicians, the core of the group being held together by Jacob 'Zakes' Wulana on guitar, vocals, harmonica and vuvuzela and Sam 'Drumbo' Shoai on vocals and drum kit. The rest of the band includes Shadrack “Charlie” Mathopa on the bass guitar; Johannes “Charlie” Papasha on keyboards, and Jaco “Mr.” Mans who wields the lead guitar. Tidal Waves write and perform original reggae music with traditional African music influences like Maskandi and Mbaqanga. The sound is original roots reggae with strong rock, ska and blues influences.

All shows take place in The Theatre St Anne’s College, Hilton Avenue, Hilton. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions). Booking essential on 033 343 6100. More information on email or visit