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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


The Hexagon Theatre, based on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg, is proud to present its eighth annual Minifest! This year there is a range of theatre to suit all tastes and ages: from Dance theatre to Shadow theatre, from realism to absurdism, and from comedy to drama. There is Environmental theatre for children as well as for adults, dance accompanied by a live concert pianist, and award winners from other festivals - all in the space of two days!

The Minifest runs from February 28 to March 1 and offers the following productions.


Her Cradle at 18h00: This is an Environmental theatre piece inspired by Shadow Theatre and Performance Art, where visual art plays a major part in the creation of the play. Created and directed by Jessica Killerby, the show captures the imaginations of the audience through a unique narrative, using visual performance such as shadow dance, shadow puppetry; employing various elements of music and physical action. The highly creative piece is inspired by global warming and environmental issues facing the world today. Her Cradle personifies Nature, allowing Mother Nature to tell her story in the hope of a better future. The age old conflict of Mankind versus Nature is brought to life in a highly theatrical and captivating visual spectacle.

Giving Birth to My Father at 19h30: The play is written and directed by Wiseman Mncube, an emerging playwright with a keen desire to bring stories to the stage. It won runner up Emerging New Artists Audience Favourite awards at this year’s Musho! festival. This demanding one-woman show shines the spotlight on a woman who finds herself on the brink of freedom after 18 years behind bars for the murder of her father. Stepping into freedom is the most frightening thing she has ever had to face. Performed with integrity and intensity by Ayanda Fali, the play serves to remind us that many people who end up in jail have been at the receiving end of a flawed judicial system and that very little is done to support prisoners psychologically so that they can be ready to take their place in society.


A Brave New World at14h00: Suitable for children aged 8 to 12, Arley’s Workshop presents a uniquely engaging and entertaining environmental theatre production. Through a combination of high energy- physical theatre, mime, rap, songs and movement, with equal parts pathos and humour, they weave together a series of scenes that ask: How do we create a brave, new world? In a holistic approach inspired by three principles from the perma culture movement: care for the earth, care for people and return of surplus (nothing is wasted), they creatively explore a range of themes through diverse stories. What would we do in a waterless world? Jimmy and Zandi find out how scarcity can have a powerful influence over our lives. Purity’s lifeless body lies on the road, a frank look at public transport and the road as an environment. Julia and Londi visit the Mangroves and encounter a magical community of life and purpose; a young man, Rory, has established an organic garden, and has a vision for a world where food sovereignty is possible for all. He is visited by a mysterious Mr Monsatan who offers to buy his dream. The production is directed by Chantal Snyman, and performed by Thobani Mbhele and Sam Hlophe.

The Shoe Man at 16h00: Winner of the main Audience Favourite award at this year’s Musho! festival, The Shoe Man premiered at the 24th Annual Masakhane festival in Soweto where it scooped two awards for best production in the festival as well as an overall winner of the festival under the drama category. Growing up in a rural area, a young man known by his nick name "The Shoe Man" take audiences on a profoundly moving journey that impacts on the education of youth today. Since there is no school in his area, he is forced to attend one in the closest town. Passionate about completing his matric, he finds himself conflicted as he tries to handle the pressure imposed by his peers in his community as well as struggling to pay his fees at his multiracial school. The show is performed by Reggie Hoffman and is written and directed by Samson Mlambo.

Hush at 17h30: Dance programme. By hiding behind our insecurities and constantly trying to protect ourselves and others from the world around us, how can we truly know what lies beyond? As a society and individually, we all have our own security blanket. Accompanied by Christopher Duigan on the piano, Bonwa Mbontsi, Ashleigh Joubert and Tegan Peacock attempt to discover an understanding of what it means to be protected and fearful by using contemporary dance to tell a collection of different narratives.

The Bald Prima Donna at 18h30: Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Prima Donna has been given a new twist by director Brenda-Lee Cele who has masterfully adapted it to a local setting. This is showcasing classic Absurdism in a 21st century South African context and brings what is essentially a period piece, kicking and screaming into 2014! This delightful absurdist play mirrors the ridiculousness of human interactions, as two couples from different cultures let us observe their relationships. Ionesco's masterpiece and one of the first absurdist plays, this is a brief and sharp-witted one-act ‘anti-play’. Its main characteristic is the utter breakdown of every form of communication, leaving the characters on a stage that becomes the empty reflection of their own vapidness.

Tickets R50 per show at the door only. More information on  email: or call 033 260 5537.