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Saturday, July 4, 2015


(Reviews from the artSMart team currently in Grahamstown at the 2015 National Arts Festival)

Raiders yet again raid the stage. (Review by Thomie Holtzhausen)

The National Arts Festival is synonymous with the Raiders offering.  I first saw Nicholas Ellenbogen and his team in the early 90’s and over the years they have never failed to entertain.

This year Ellenbogen is supported by three very talented young men, David Viviers, Cameron Robertson and Nathan Lynn. The three lads stole the hearts of the audiences with their singing, all three extremely capable of handling their respective music instruments and their physical theatre antics are on par with the master himself, Nicholas Ellenbogen.

The almost fatherly supportive role of Ellenbogen on stage in this year’s production is nostalgic and his letting-go of his fellow young actors to throw their energies at the audience was heartwarming. A true recipe to ensure that the Raiders-succession will be with us in many years to come.  Ellenbogen is a genius on stage as well as in producing these highly entertaining pieces that enthrall newcomers to theatre year after year.

You have not been to the National Arts Festival if you have not see Raiders; The Musical on at St Andrew’s Hall daily at 10h00. Booking essential. - Thomie Holtzhausen

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