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Calling all teachers! A full day of age and content-appropriate shows and workshops for only R375 on 14 September. Find out and book. See hiltonfestival.co.za

What and why is Jongosi? It aims to: introduce young people to quality theatre of all genres; teach them that theatre entertains, educates and provokes discussion; provide arts-related activities / workshops; make the youth of today, the audiences of tomorrow.13 productions & 10 related workshop type activities have been selected as they represent as wide a range of subject matter and style of theatre. There is something for Grades 6 to 12. Certain productions and workshops are repeated during the day, making the choice as wide as possible.

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Certain productions will benefit from a quick lesson in the week preceding Jongosi. This will enhance your pupils understanding and enjoyment; others are there for pure fun and entertainment.

Held in the grounds of Hilton College, safe and beautiful, there is an extensive, quality craft market to browse, several art exhibitions and food outlets. A day of quality arts for your pupils to indulge in.

Click on the Jongosi tab on www.hiltonfestival.co.za for full details on all options. Note that the Festival Director, Sue Clarence, has made a personal comment on every item to assist your choices to suit your particular pupils. You will see where certain items are flagged as particularly suitable to Grades 6 to 8, and other are for Grades 11 and 12 only.

This synopsis will give you a flavour of what to choose!


Green Man Flashing - one of the Jongosi highlights at the Hilton Arts Festival and a matric setwork. It stars Litha Bam, Michelle Douglas, Kate Liquorish, Sechaba Morojele with David Dennis.
Green Man Flashing – one of the Jongosi highlights at the Hilton Arts Festival and a matric setwork. It stars Litha Bam, Michelle Douglas, Kate Liquorish, Sechaba Morojele with David Dennis.

These are the shows:

  • BIG BOYS REAL.MEN. DANCE.
    Pure fun and entertainment.
  • COMEDY’S COOL
    60 minutes of clean comedy!
  • DIE REUK VAN APPELS
    Based on the well-known novel, this is a piece of serious heart-breaking theatre.
  • EWOK LIVE!
    Ewok, aka, Iain Robinson, entertains: flavoured hip-hop activism, slam poetry, spoken word performance, graffiti and aerosol art (perhaps!) Suitable for all – even adults!
  • GREEN MAN FLASHING
    International award winning South African playwright, Mike van Graan’s brilliant play (now a set work) is a fast-paced political thriller written in the early 1990s, remarkable for anticipating the real-life drama of Jacob Zuma being linked to charges of corruption in the arms deal and then later charged with rape. Not to be missed!
  • HOCUS POCUS
    Reality will be suspended as long as you remember the magic words – Hocus Pocus.
    This phenomenal piece of illusionist sleight of hand is pure joy.
  • JAMES CAIRNS VS HUMANITY
    The audience creates the story in this clever, witty improvisation act.
  • NARRATIVE DREAMS
    A story about growing up. Ideal for younger audiences.
  • NORMAL FORCE
    This original script is a hard hitting and powerful interrogation into masculinity and what it means to be a “man” in today’s society.
  • SILKWORM
    Silkworm is told through the eyes of the, at once, gregarious and socially awkward Georgina. Georgina is about to have the single most important day of her life. The show makes extensive use of storytelling and clowning techniques adding a dollop of humour and a touch of the whimsy. This is a story of how the little things are often the big things.
  • SUDDENLY THE STORM
    Dangerous comedy!
    Combative, volatile and constantly on the verge of exploding!! Written by and starring the multiple award winning, prolific playwright Paul Slabolespsky, Charmaine Weir-Smith and Renate Stuurman, it is directed by Bobby Heaney, and boasts a stunning Greg King set design.
  • THE UGLY NOO NOO
    A revival of the ground-breaking Andrew Buckland play about politics in the 1980s seen through the eyes of a Parktown Prawn. Funny.
  • YOU SUCK AND OTHER INESCAPABLE TRUTHS
    Teenage special… -It’s about falling apart, fitting in and getting even. It’s also hilariously funny with Klara van Wyk’s portrayal of the gum-snapping, rambunctious teen!

And the workshops are:

  • AFDA workshop on Performance
  • AFDA workshop on Film
  • Chasing 10 000 Living Treasures – talk
  • Fine art quiz
  • Isimangaliso – street theatre
  • Living Art Demonstration – painting demo
  • Novel-Script Project Inspirations: Readings of 6 new short scripts created by emerging theatre writers from KZN and Zimbabwe, based on a local novel.
  • Playwrights who play! Theatre workshop
  • The Art of the Harley Davidson – tour of a bike
  • You suck! Workshop – theatre workshop

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, Corona and Capital Media.

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