Family fare strong at Hilton this year


Hilton Arts FestivalBring your children to experience theatre at this festival! Make it a family outing and see what fun theatre is with small people.

The Hilton Arts Festival is proud to announce a new and exciting partnership with Assitej, an organisation working in over 100 countries of the world. Assitej SA is a network connecting theatre practitioners, companies, organisations, institutions and schools who share a belief in the transformative difference that theatre makes in the lives of children and young people. The arts can inspire imaginations, shift perceptions, teach empathy and build nations. Assitej focusses on creating access to theatre for young people, supporting and developing emerging and established artists and empowering arts education. It works to improve the quality of theatre for young audiences.

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Children seldom have the capacity to choose to see theatre, depending on adults to make the decision for them. Help change the world one child at a time through access to the arts.

Here is what’s on offer …with a kids’ orientated tea garden and colouring in in between shows!


Rat Race
Rat Race

Created by Kyla Davis; performed by Roberto Pombo and Ameera Patel
A pop-up storybook show that follows the friendship between a stressed-out city rat and an easy-going farm mouse. Miles the rat is a Big Cheese in the Big City, but when his hectic lifestyle starts to make him ill, he is ordered to go on holiday to the countryside and rest. There he meets Melissa, a simple-living Earth mouse who loves the peace and tranquillity of her farm life. Miles and Melissa get off to a bad start when they discover that they have very different daily routines. Miles thinks Melissa is too slow and Melissa thinks Miles is too loud. So, Melissa helps Miles learn how to control his temper and Miles teaches Melissa how to dance. A comic play that uses music, clowning, puppetry and physical theatre to tell a delightful tail about Big Changes in Little Lives. 40 mins/4 to 7 years


Florence & Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse
Florence & Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse

Florence & Watsob are Honey Badgers of a very rare sort.
Singing songs and telling stories is their favourite sport.
Join the funniest, singing, dancing, Honey Badgers you’ve ever met as they tell you one of their absolute favourite stories.
A multi-award winning team of theatre-makers brings the magical world of Sugarbush Mountain alive in this delightful tale about a little striped mouse that saves the day. (Under 10’s)



Choreographed by Musa Hlatshwayo Interactive and fun!!
‘Yin’iRespect?!’ is an educational, multidisciplinary dance-driven piece which is made up of street dance movements, can-dances, chants, physical theatre and storytelling – all creatively moulded together through a script with scenes that form a participatory theatre piece about respect. This vibrant, action based and highly physical-musical-dance-theatre piece sees the performers take the audience on a rhythmic exploration of how tins and crates can be used to make enchanting dance rhythms, fused with vocal chants and street games, while inviting the audience to speak out about respect. A perfect learning and entertainment opportunity! Come and be a part of the show …. (10 to 14 years)


One Man One Light
One Man One Light

Inspired by the Italian ‘La Linea’ cartoon series, One Man One Light explores and showcases the versatility of a single light source through its interaction with a solitary performer. If we allow our imagination the freedom and licence to run wild we can give anything a ‘voice’ and venture into exciting and unexplored territory.
A groundbreaking and unique concept which has played to packed houses in the UK and Germany.
It is totally entrancing!


Dallae Story
Dallae Story

‘Dallae Story’ is a non-verbal performance … but its message and appeal is far louder than any spoken words. Involving puppets, theatrical movement, Korean traditional dance and music, shadow theatre and projection, it depicts the heart-wrenching disaster of war, the importance of family, daily life and peace through the eyes of Dallae, an innocent young child. It becomes like a fantasy, a fairy tale, and crosses boundaries such as generations and national and cultural borders.
Recognized internationally, the troupe has toured to great acclaim in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Brazil, Turkey and Estonia. Miguel Arreche, Director of the Tolosa Festival said; “Art Stage San intelligently directs a production in which the charm and magic of puppets are combined with beautiful choreography. We are faced with one of the most universal puppetry masterpieces of the decade.”

Following many successes with children’s concerts, Richard Cock leads members of the KZNPO in a fun-filled children’s event … actually all children under the age of 95 are welcome! It features an introduction to the orchestra and a performance of the delightful story of Peter and the Wolf (or Pieter and the Horrible Hyena!) by Prokofiev – this long-time favourite tale is narrated and, since it’s suitable to all ages, gather up your family and come and join in the fun.

The festival would not be possible without: Hilton College; Independent Newspapers; Grindrod Bank; Black Coffee; PWC; DWR; Assetej; KZN Dept. of Arts & Culture; SAB Castle Lite; Bidvest Car Rental; Zultrans; Marriott (for Music Revival); BASA; Loud Crowd; Indwe Risk Management and SAPPI.

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