Krêkvars 2009 has arrived! This year looks set to be bigger and better than ever before. The festival, hosted annually by the Drama Department at Tuks, is in its ninth year and still going strong. With over 40 productions being offered this year, ranging from plays to films and even radio dramas (all original), you’ll be spoilt for choice. Better yet, thanks to the festival’s recession-friendly prices, you won’t be left with a nasty dent in your bank balance – R10 will get you into any production. Shows are held in the Masker Theatre, the Lier Theatre and the Chapel. The festival runs all week long  (September 21 to 26), so don’t miss out!

Perdeby took a sneak peek at the production list to find out exactly what you can expect at Krêkvars this year, and discovered some intriguing and exciting productions.

Keen for a bit of comic relief? Die Flying Dutchmen is the show for you. This stand-up comedy set showcases the talents of Melt Sieberhagen and Hannes Brümmer, who are described in the programme as being “two of the finest non-rugby playing Afrikaans minds in the country”. Show times are Tuesday, 19:45; Wednesday, 13:45; and Thursday, 18:15 at the Masker Theatre.

Theatre buffs can look forward to Three Wall Temple (Monday, 19:45; Friday, 14:15; and Saturday, 17:15 at the Masker Theatre). The show is a reworked version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, based around two characters from the play: Prospero and Caliban. The main idea behind this production is the breaking down of the fourth wall – that is, the invisible “wall” which traditionally separates the actors from the audience. This experimental idea is sure to make for an interesting show.

If dance is your thing, be sure to check out Erupt-oo, an exciting show that melds together krumping, hip-hop and contemporary movement styles. Catch it at the Masker Theatre on Monday, 16:45; Friday, 12:45; and Saturday, 18:45.

Do You Have Friends? seems like it could appeal to anyone and everyone. It’s based around a record store – sit back and observe the comings and goings of its eccentric customers and staff, and see what happens after hours. See it at the Lier Theatre on Monday, 11:30; Wednesday, 19:00; and Thursday, 17:30.

And lastly, one of Perdeby’s own will be making her debut as a playwright. Henali Kuit, a Features writer, wrote Die Geheime Lewe Van ‘n Middeljarige Mime. The show promises to be a unique and exciting theatre experience. See it at the Chapel on Tuesday at 22:00; Wednesday at 22:00; and Thursday at 11:30.

For any enquiries, contact Chris Almieda on 0823629386.

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