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TO­DAY The Hil­ton Arts Fes­ti­val

THE Hil­ton Arts Fes­ti­val is the largest theatri­cal event of its kind in KZN. Es­tab­lished in 1993, the fes­ti­val aims to bring the pick of South Africa’s high qual­ity per­form­ing arts to KZN. This pri­mary aim is en­hanced by all other as­pects of the fes­ti­val – art ex­hi­bi­tions, qual­ity craft, food and drink, live mu­sic. It of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to showcase the cream of South African theatre and to sup­port South African writ­ing. The fes­ti­val takes place un­til Septem­ber 17. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hilton­fes­ti­

TO­MOR­ROW Foot­loose

DI­RECTED by Daisy Spencer in con­sul­ta­tion with Themi Ven­turas, the 17th an­nual Pansa Young Per­form­ers Pro­duc­tion for 2017 marks the re­turn of the foot-tap­ping Broad­way and West End hit, Foot­loose. This dy­namic mu­si­cal, adapted for the stage from screen, tells the story of a tena­cious and re­bel­lious city teenager, Ren, who moves to a small town where rock mu­sic and danc­ing have been banned by the con­ser­va­tive Rev Shaw and the town coun­cil. He leads the young peo­ple of the town in a protest against the town’s ban­ning of the an­nual dance. The cast is com­prised high school chil­dren, backed by a pro­fes­sional band, The Reals, led by Dawn Selby. Tick­ets R75-R150, shows at 2.20pm and 7pm, The Play­house Theatre, Dur­ban

Maya Spec­tor Live in Con­cert

MAYA El­iz­a­beth Spec­tor, a ris­ing tal­ent in the South African mu­sic and theatre world, will per­form at The Jazzy Rain­bow. Com­ing from a cul­tur­ally di­verse, mu­si­cal fam­ily, she grew up in Ja­pan, Swazi­land, the US and SA. She grad­u­ated in 2009 from the UKZN with a bachelor of mu­sic de­gree, ma­jor­ing in jazz per­for­mance and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion. Maya has ap­peared on stages in in­ter­na­tional and South African mu­si­cals and she has also been a lead vo­cal­ist and back-up singer. She has per­formed and recorded with a num­ber of lead­ing South African artists. Her voice has a tex­ture that might be best de­scribed as an old soul, weath­ered by life and schooled by ad­ver­sity, yet still so alive in vo­cal tone and bub­bly in its ex­pres­sion. Tick­ets R80, 7pm, The Jazzy Rain­bow, Morn­ing­side

And The Beat Goes On

A MO­TOWN show, seen through the eyes of DJ Su­per­fly. It’s a nos­tal­gic trip start­ing in the ’60s till to­day, salut­ing the great male groups of that time and through the eras. The au­di­ence will ex­pe­ri­ence a singing and danc­ing show that will make them laugh and have a good time. It’s the party show of the year, bring along your danc­ing shoes. Tick­ets R150, 8pm, iZulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino

SUN­DAY Sav­ing Grace

WHEN Grace loses her best friend Har­riet, she’s sur­prised to learn she’s been named the le­gal guardian of her grand­daugh­ter Zoe. At first, these two don’t see eye-to-eye and the only thing they have in com­mon is Har­riet. Over time things change as they bond over their dark pasts. Zoe is faced with dif­fi­cult choices re­gard­ing her new re­la­tion­ship as well as her mother whom she be­lieved to be dead, resur­fac­ing. Drama and laughs en­sue in this new Blank Can­vas orig­i­nal. Tick­ets R60, 2.30pm, Seabrooke’s Theatre, Dur­ban High School

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