Festival picks for The Hexagon

Erin Fourie and Daniel Rossouw explore the music of The Beatles in While My Guitar, at Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre on Sunday, June 24.

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BY BILLY SUTER

SOME interesting theatre and music is to be staged at Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre this week, ahead of it appearing at the Standard Bank  National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The PreFest Fest!, as it is billed, will start at 6pm for 6.30pm on Sunday, June 24, with While My Guitar, a show devised and directed by Peter Mitchell. It teams local musicians Erin Fourie and Daniel Rossouw in an exploration of the many worlds and words of The Beatles.

Fourie, a previous Idols finalist, was last seen in All That Jazz and Durban’s Playhouse Company production of The Sound of Music (as Sister Bertha), while Rossouw is a member of popular group Pan Latino.

Tickets for this event, In The Hexagon Dive, cost R100 each and picnic fare may be taken to the venue. To book mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

Three shows are set for the Hexagon Theatre on Monday, June 25, the first up being Greig Coetzee’s The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy, at 5.30pm in the Hexagon Studio theatre. Tickets cost R70 each.

Performed by Francis Mennigke and directed by Peter Mitchell, the play centres on a man who has a few problems that are making him blue. He really wants to complete his next poem, but he has hit a block with finding a rhyme for orange.

Francis Mennigke in Greig Coetzee’s The Blue Period of MIlton van der Spuy.

He’s also desperate to finish his current painting, but he can’t find a way to begin. And then there’s the constant danger that his head might explode…

This colourful play is, at once, a whimsical celebration and a playful mockery of art in all its forms.

At 7pm on Monday, June 25, in the main Hexagon Theatre, a dance work will be presented by ReRouted Dance Theatre, with featured artists Tegan Peacock, Ashleigh Joubert and JC Zondi. Tickets cost R50 each.

Titled Clothes Maketh Wo(man), this co-production with Floating Outfit Project looks at how, in contemporary society,the ‘rules’ around clothes are often not about fashion, taste or even necessity. They demarcate difference, enforcing and reiterating societal ideas about what it is to be a man or a woman.

“The implications of our clothing choices can be a liberating outlet for personal expression and self-confidence, but can also be a prison, constricting our physical bodies and ultimately our true selves into certain parameters of acceptability with very few finding the courage to challenge this,” says a spokesman.

The dance work questions if fashion is truly a means of self-expression or is just a shield.

Looking Into the Abyss, in the Hexagon Studio at 7.45pm on Monday, June 25, is directed by Menzi Mkhwane. It is a piece of theatre set in Umlazi and created by Mkhwane and Sabelo Ndlovu eight years ago, when it went on to take an Audience Favourite Award at Durban’s Musho Festival. Tickets cost R50 each.

Performed by Musa Shozi, the show explores many issues, but it is the theatrical cohesion of the body, the actor, and the story which heightens the experience for the audience.

“It comes to the Hexagon Theatre for the first time as it explores growing up as a young boy in the townships,” says a spokesman.


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