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HILTON College was buzzing with activity at the weekend as the 21st Witness Hilton Arts Festival got under way. Some of the finest theatre offerings were brought to the stage by the organisers, with a host of arts, crafts and children’s entertainment on offer as well.
Tonight was able to catch a few shows, with three turning out to be the major highlights of our day.
Here’s a glance at the shows we caught on Saturday.
Gcina Mhlophe… A Story. From start to finish Mhlophe has her audience, young and old, captivated. In this story, she gives the audience a taste of the age-old tradition of story-telling as we journey with her through her life.
She starts with tales of her journeys with her grandmother and how her gogo’s words of encouragement about the vast reaches of the world became something of a prophecy in Mhlophe’s life.
As a young adult she travelled the world as an actress and “artistic ambassador” for the country as international interest grew in the then apartheid South Africa. Her travels also exposed her to different cultures that turned out to be similar to her own.
The audience is then treated to a beautiful story about creation and later the VIPs (the children in the audience) receive a special treat when Mhlophe tells a story about the value of children and how they should be treated with love, respect and compassion. A well-rounded and planned offering!
John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt: A Parable, was a great highlight. Set in 1964, the play is a provocative offering that uses a situation in a Catholic school to explore issues of belief, disbelief, uncertainty, trust and distrust. This all unfolds as the school’s rigid principal accuses a young priest of behaving inappropriately with a young boy.
The most rewarding aspect of this play is that as it unfolds the audience find themselves sympathising with the characters, weighing up the situation, and then just when they think they have decided where they stand on the matter, something comes along to make them doubt themselves. Brilliant! Kudos to the cast of Fiona Ramsay, James Alexander, Faniswa Yisa and Janna Ramos-Violante and director James Cuningham.
Lara Foot’s award-winning Solomon and Marion, starring Dame Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony, had the audience jumping out of their seats at the end for a standing ovation.
The story is an exploration of an unlikely friendship that develops between the soon-to-be 20-year-old Solomon, and Marion – an elderly woman whose life has been torn apart by the murder of her son seven years ago.
Suzman and Anthony give life to their characters in this gripping, yet heart-warming tale.
A well-deserved ovation!