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Monday, September 2, 2019


(David Viviers & Jemma Kahn)

Cellist with Rabies is an extraordinary piece of writing and performance as well as being the most unusual love story ever. It is this year’s Flagship Production of the Hilton Arts Festival with performances at 10h00 on September 14 and 15, 2019.

Only one person is known to have survived full-blown rabies, by undergoing a radical form of treatment called The Milwaukee Protocol. In this romantic tragedy loosely based in the sciences, virologist Joan Remy is extremely sceptical of the Milwaukee Protocol. She is also in love with rabies.

Jemma Kahn dreamed up the story of Cellist with Rabies, wrote it and performs in it with David Viviers. It is sensitively and daringly directed by Jaco Bouwer.

Bouwer and Kahn are both winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Award. They are collaborating here for the first time and have created a piece of post-modern theatre that can be described as erotic, intelligent and utterly engaging.

It is not easy to describe… is it a love story? Yes! … is it set in a medical research laboratory ….Yes! Is there a character which is also a rabies virus …Yes! … is it played by a dishy guy ….Yes!

Cellist with Rabies premiered to sold-out houses at this year’s National Arts Festival in Makhanda (Grahamstown).

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The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in association with Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR, Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture, BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel, Maritzburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.