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Saturday, June 25, 2016


On July 1, the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg will host previews of two shows on their way to the National Arts Festival: #SirensRock and Sugar Sugar.

#SirensRock: It has always been the way of the Sirens to lure in mariners with their hypnotic songs, and so has it been the fate of sailors to crash their ships on the surrounding rocks and drown for their folly. Except, no ships have come by for decades and following an internal productivity audit, The Sirens need to get their numbers up or face (ex)termination. Aglaope (Nandile Khumalo) tries to stay positive while Peisinoe (Themba Mncadi) seems to have already given up when they discover Image Consultant Cassandra (Lihle Ngubo) marooned on their shore. It seems the Gods are finally on their side as Cassandra pushes them into the 21st Century, and while Peisinoe eagerly embraces the change, Aglaope soon finds herself at odds with Cassandra and her new-fangled ways. Is Cassandra too good to be true? Can you teach an old Siren new tricks? What are they truly willing to sacrifice in order to succeed?

Written and directed by Masters student Erin Fourie, #SirensRock is a whimsical and slightly musical journey into the then and now of the Greek Sirens.

Sugar Sugar: The play is based on the true story of Thozamile Taki- the infamous Sugarcane Killer. Sentenced to 13 life sentences, Taki was defined as a “jackal in a sheep’s skin” by the ruling judge. This drama, woven with song and dynamic imagery, tells the story of love and personal conflict. It is written and directed by Londiwe Ngema.

Performances take place on July 1 with #SirensRock at 18h00 and Sugar Sugar at 19h00. Tickets R40 per show available at the door only.

Hexagon Studio Theatre is on the campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.