ONE of Durban’s most versatile and award-winning actors, Bryan Hiles, will perform in four diverse productions at the 26th Hilton Arts Festival that runs from September 14 to 16 at Hilton College.
He will star as the unusual boy of the title in Jakob, a melange of mythology, folk tale and rural narration, based on a short story by Durban lighting designer, Michael Taylor-Broderick. It is brilliant and enigmatic theatre filled with riddles and questions.
Hiles will also appear in the third episode of the Knotted music revue series, this time entitled Get Knotted, for which he shares the stage with Rowan Bartlett and Darren King, The trio will be journey down sordid alleyways and into neon lit harems that form the backbone of Las Vegas.
Also featuring Hiles is Cardboard Carnival, an hour-long cabaret that also features Darren King, Marion Loudon and Leigh Meyer. They delve into popular songs that take a closer look at relationships.
In his final show at the festival, Hiles will be a guest of the KZN Youth Orchestra in their production Classic Blast, in which he will sing Africa, Doo Bee Doo, The Lion Sleep Tonight and Hallelujah.
“The Hilton weekend is always a favourite and this year is no different. Everything is fab, the vibe, the coffee, the people and this year we have Michael Broderick’s new show to look forward to,” says Hiles.
He has ad a busy 2018, having worked on six productions already, including KickstArt’s Play That Goes Wrong and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
“I love that you can constantly challenge yourself with performing. And you get to take your audience along a journey,” he says.
He lists Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret and Into the Woods as his favourites among shows in which he has performed.
“They rank very highly in my mind. Oh, andEnemy, I performed in this production in my third year at Tech,”
Asked if he could perform with anyone in the world, he states, “The list of who I would love to perform with can go on for days. Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Richards, Charlotte Gainsborough, Naomi Watts… I guess the simple answer would be – I don’t know where, what or with whom, but I love tackling gritty challenges. And if I could perform with someone who pushes and stretches me; I would do so anywhere in the world.”
Looking ahead, Hiles will be taking to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre stage as one of the Ugly Sisters in KickstArt’s family pantomime,Cinderella, over the Festive season.
“I am plotting a plan to play in my workshop or head out road tripping as form of relaxing after this fabulous busy 2018.,” he adds.
The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, 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, RMB and Corona.
For more information phone 033 383 0126 / 7,