(Moira Filmer as Gabby in “Green Man Flashing”)
The 11th Annual Hexagon Minifest takes place on February 17 and 18 February with the following programme:
February 17 at 18h30: Green Man Flashing
February 17 at 20h15: Paraphernalia of Suffering
February 18 at 17h00: Child of a Child
February 18 at 18h15: Feedback
February 18 at 19h45: Sounds of Men
Green Man Flashing (February 17 at 18h30)
By Mike van Graan, the production is directed by Ayanda Khala-Phiri. The cast features Moira Filmer, Sabelo Cele, Sibusiso Nzama, Louise Buchler and Francis Menningke.
Trump is president and Dlamini-Zuma may be South Africa’s first female head of state. Politics have never been so frightfully exciting!
Mike Van Graan’s Green Man Flashing takes us back over a decade into the terrain of South Africa’s political history and yet it asks much of the same questions persistent in present day conversation.
What is the price of democracy and freedom? Should race still matter? Why do very few recognize rape as a question of power rather than one of desire? The playwright fails to answer the unrelenting questions- the story of South Africa is far too complex. And yet the narrative is a reflection of how far South Africa has come, how greatly many have sacrificed and what is yet to be confronted if we are ever to achieve national unity.
A formidable cast gently seduce audiences into courting the complicated psyche of transforming South Africa. Ultimately, the play beckons us to search, even in the most impossible of times, to find traces of South Africa’s rainbow.
Paraphernalia of Suffering: (February 17 at 20h15)
Choreographed by Tegan Peacock and Ashleigh Joubert. Performed by Tegan Peacock. A ReRouted Dance Theatre production.
As members of society, we are bombarded with information on a daily basis and much of this, we receive subliminally. We, as consumers, become the driving force behind this economic rat race which we find ourselves living, whether, consciously or unconsciously. We choose to buy into this concept, blurring the lines between what we are conditioned to want, and what we need, escalating into dissatisfaction and distancing us even more from the genuine reality.
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre… the centre cannot hold” - Yeats, The Second Coming
Child of a Child: (February 18 at 17h00)
Written and directed by Ndumiso Mazibuko. Performed by Nkanyiso Shezi and Sphume Funeka. An Mzansi Theatre Projects Production
A two-man show about the journey of 21 year-old Nkathazo, who is trying to find his true Identity. He lives with his grandmother, his uncle and his mentally-challenged mother. He does not know who his father is. While searching for his father, he has a fight with his abusive uncle which leads to the truth about his identity.
Feedback (February 18 at 18h15)
By Andrew Buckland. Directed by Peter Mitchell. Performed by TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande. A Hexagon Theatre Production.
Feedback is a fantastical murder mystery that, in the peculiar logic of playwright Andrew Buckland, becomes a hilarious, poignant, lyrical and quirky piece of Physical Theatre. This satirical comedy cunningly explores topics as diverse as food-consciousness and globalization, and, in the hands of performers TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande, becomes an intense action-packed celebration of humanity and our capacity for greed and altruism. The actors takes us on a rollercoaster ride as they play scores of characters in this tale of two brothers, a detective, and a host of flying cheeses (amongst other foodstuffs) pitting their wits against the villainous Grave Brothers.
First performed by Buckland and Lionel Newton, who won numerous awards for the show, it has now been given the high energy off-the-wall treatment by these highly energetic clowns. The team won an Ovation Award in 2015 for Woza Albert! and the top award at Musho! 2016 for Termite! TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande were nominated as best actors at the recent Cape Town Fringe Festival. Feedback was recently performed at the new Fresha Festival in Durban.
Sounds of Men: (February 18 at 19h45)
Produced, choreographed and performed by Kwanele Finch Thusi and Bonwa Mbontsi.
Sounds of Men explores issues around sexual identity and its contradictions. The work addresses the male gaze in both private and public spaces. It is a demonstration and investigation into gender politics and the violent relationship between homo and hetero normative ideals. The piece draws from a number of horrific and saddening incidents of corrective rape stories, same sex violence, and horrific acts of terrorism such as the Orlando shooting. The piece investigates the lines that have historically framed the relationship between straight and gay men, seeking to understand what lies beyond the presentation of homosexual and heterosexual as symmetrical binary oppositions; the oppressed and the oppressor, in a world saturated with extreme hyper-masculinity and heteropatriarchy.
Tickets R60 per show (R50per show for three or more shows). Enquiries to 033 260 5537. The Hexagon Theatre is situated on the campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg.