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Saturday, September 15, 2018


(Mpilo ‘Straw’ Nzimande)

A new production of Andrew Buckland’s The Ugly Noo Noo premieres at the Hilton Arts Festival.

The Ugly Noo Noo rocked the local theatre world in 1988, featuring the infamous Parktown Prawn. Playwright Andrew Buckland has become a legend in South African theatre for developing his own unique style of Physical Theatre.

Now, 30 years later, it has not lost any of its power, as it deftly and humorously shows how fear can be used to manipulate, dominate, exploit and destroy. This new production of the play highlights the sharp satire with exquisite humour and showcases the high energy technical skill of its performer, Mpilo ‘Straw’ Nzimande.  Nzimande has become a commanding presence in KZN theatre with his extraordinary performances in Woza Albert, Master Harold and the Boys, Feedback, and most recently, The BFG.

Directed by Peter Mitchell, whose production of Greig Coetzee’s The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy, seen at last year’s Festival, recently won a Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival. A slice of South African history interwoven with comedy …. after all, it is the tale of a sort of a cockroach!

Performances are in The Drama Centre on September 15 at 16h15 and September 16 at 15h00.

For more information on the Hilton Arts Festival which closes tomorrow (September 16, 2018), visit