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Thursday, June 19, 2014


Thousands of flyers have been handed out and ticket sales are picking up fast for the Not the Grahamstown Festival at Catalina Theatre.

Durbanites are invited to preview some of the local shows travelling to Grahamstown for the upcoming National Arts Festival. Durban offers up many a selection of theatrical gems which hope to add to this celebration of arts and culture. The funds raised will help with some of the costs that artists endure in order to have their works travel the long distance to Grahamstown.

Presented by ScruffySession Productions, this is a one woman show, written by one woman who probes her identity as a South African Indian girl. In an awkward account of personal history within political history within prehistoric...uh...history. The piece unravels in an existential frame; questioning ideas of gender, culture and racial identity. The show is written from a personal point of view that hopes to make others laugh, relate and think. (June 20 at 19h00, June 21 at 16h00)

Presented by The AUC. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... HAIBO! An almost-new comedy of interplanetary proportion. Get ready for the flight of your life, as you meet the Man of Steel in a way you never have before! Thrills, chills, spills and something else that rhymes with those first three! Laughter, hilarity, shadow puppets and bromance! A comic treat that is not to be missed! (June 28 at 11h00, June 29 at 16h00)

Presented by GP Theatre, Arts and Dance Academy. An epic and colourful African musical theatre production, inspired by and featuring the music of Angelique Kidjo. It incorporates live vocals, African inspired Contemporary dance, storytelling and poetry, side-splitting comedy, elaborate costumes, with riveting twists to keep you on the edge of your seat and stitches. A forgotten Prince, his mother the Queen murdered, presumed dead, drowned in the murky River of Tembisa, returns home to avenge his mother’s death and claim his rightful place as the heir to Land of Akwaba. A must see Magical Dance Music Theatre production! (June 21 at 18h00, June 22 at 18h00)

Presented by On Fire Comedy and Durban Society of Comedy (DSOC). Two of Durban’s finest Comedy Super heroes team up and return to Grahamstown (and now Durban) to tackle the ultimate villain – DATING! Catch Jem Atkins and Glen Bo in a hilarious show loaded with top-class stand-up and sketch comedy action about crazy ex’s, Guy Code, surviving dangerous relationships and dating mutants! Expect a roller coaster ride of truth, bull & hilarity. (June 27 at 19h00, June 28 at 18h00)

Presented by iThembalethu Academy for the Performing Arts (live music). Adapted from George Buchner’s ‘Woyzeck, and based on the true story of a soldier who murdered his lover over infidelity, collaborations between South African and Zimbabwean artists have culminated in a multimedia theatre and live music experience that is ‘Southern African’ in form and universally appealing and relevant in content. June 28 at 16h00, June 29 at 18h00)

Not The Grahamstown Festival runs from June 20 to 22 and from June 27 to 29. Tickets R60 (R120 show and dinner at John Dory's or Spur) and R40 for pensioners, students and for block bookings. Booking is at Computicket. Further information from the box office on 031 837 5999.

The standard John Dory's and Spur meal options apply before the show, making an evening out more complete. For regular updates on the shows that are on at Catalina Theatre, visit