Residents and visitors to Knysna are so lucky. It’s rare for travelling shows to perform in Knysna but, from tonight until Sunday, we will be flooded with choices between the fabulous and the fantastic.From comedies and drama to jazz and rock ‘n roll, all the fun and entertainment is happening at the Knysna Arts Festival 2015.
Shows are well-priced and in various venues so there’s good reason or you to choose a favourite and attend.
‘Stranger Things’ is Ryan Dittman’s one-man comedy show about a restaurateur who’s struggling to control the pandemonium in his business. Ryan effortlessly and seamlessly transforms from character to character. Thursday 8th and Friday 9th October – St George’s Church Hall – 15h00 – R80pp.
‘The Songbirds’ – music from the 60s and 70s by a local choir led by Mike Shannon of ‘Mike Shannon and the Diamonds’ (remember the single ‘Blue Velvet’?). Funds raised from this performance will benefit FAMSA. (Friday 9th October – Totties, Rheenendal – 19h00) – R170 incl. supper
‘Rose Red’, Diane Simpson’s one-handed cabaret. Tells the Snow White from the perspective of the Evil Queen. Wickedly fun, thought provoking and touching, it features songs by Cold Play, Tori Amos, Lady Gaga and others. 2 Performances: Friday 9th October – Cearn Hall, Leisure Isle – 17h00 and Saturday 10th October at Oakhill School Hall – 14h00 – R80pp.
‘Memories of Springbok Radio with Frank Graham’ – an invocation of nostalgia for the days when the wireless was the only source of media for home entertainment. Friday 9th October – Knysna Hollow Hotel – 19h00 – R80pp and Sunday 11th October – Hunters Village – 12h30 – R120 incl. lunch.
‘Ilizwi’, a vibrant new South African jazz musical that played at the National Arts Festival Fringe 2015. It’s set in Soweto’s Meadowlands in the 1950s and 60s. This is a love story told through great songs like ‘Meadowlands,’ and original, present-day compositions by Zanika Mehta. This show includes a cast of nine professional performers. Friday 9th October – Montessori School Hall – 20h00 – R90pp.
‘On Board with Unfiltered, Frank Graham & Suzi Bilyard’ – a luxury lunchtime jazz and comedy cruise aboard the Paddle Cruiser. Saturday 10th October – Cruise cafe departure – 12h30 – R250pp – cash bar and a la carte menu available.
‘Dear Breeder’, a musical comedy about the absurdity of parenting, won the 2014 Standard Bank Ovation Award as well as Best New South African Script, and Best Comedic Performance at the Durban Theatre Awards.
Saturday 10th October – Oakhill School Hall – 16h00 and 19h30 – R80pp.
‘Voices for Hospice’ – one of hundreds of sing-along concerts held around the world during which everyone involved sings the Hallelujah Chorus at the same time in their own time zone. Saturday 10th – Vineyard Church Hall – 17h30 – donation only.
‘An Arm for Nadine – From Cat with Love,’ starring Cat Simoni whose repertoire includes all-time favourites from the likes of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Cole Porter, Sade and Edith Piaf. Will help raise finance for a prosthesis for local resident, Nadine Rodeom, who lost her arm after she was attacked by a dog. Saturday 10th October – Simola Hotel – 18h30 – R295pp and Sunday 11th October – Butterfly Blu Restaurant, Brenton – 12h30 – R260pp. Ticket prices include meals.
‘Gordi Brown: A Journey through the Blues with an Harmonica’ and Roy Taylor’s ‘The Elvis Story’ are sold out.