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Tuesday, September 11, 2018


(Gideon Lombard. Pic Sanmari Marais)

Following sold-out performances and a sensational national tour (including the 2017 National Arts Festival main programme and the Fugard Theatre), the award-winning production Die Reuk van Appels features at the Hilton Arts Festival.

Gideon Lombard stars in this stage adaption of the acclaimed 1993 debut novel by South African author Mark Behr, telling the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general.

It eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life. It is directed by Lara Bye. In the history of the festival, there has never been a play holding as many awards. It simply must be seen!

Performances take place in the Memorial Hall (unreserved seating) on September 15 at 15h00 and September 16 at 10h00. Tickets R175. Running time 90 minutes. Age +16 SNLVP (Sex, Nudity, Language, Violence and Prejudice)

The 26th annual Hilton Arts Festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of Hilton College from September 14 to 16, 2018. The full programme can be found on  On line bookings are open and programmes are available from various outlets in Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Refer to the website to see where to collect a hard copy.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, Corona and Capital Media.