Day two in Grahamstown dawned difficult for the humans of Feast of Tales, which made the day’s entertainment ahead all the more welcome. First up was Brothers Streep: Same Streep Different Day. Unlike the previous version we had seen this show involved just the two ‘brothers’ rather than the whole band. The pair’s constant banter, their originality, and their songwriting – in the present as it were – was clean, enjoyable and made us forget our troubles. As the weather turned stirringly blustery we hurried off to one of the fest’s scheduled films, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. This absorbing film tells the true story of a brother-and-sister team who were part of the White Rose student movement in Nazi Germany. Told mostly from the sister’s (Sophie’s) perspective, we learnt how Sophie and her brother were arrested and ‘tried’ for bravely disseminating anti-Hitler literature. Sophie’s Christian faith is portrayed as a strong, yet gentle, motivator for her actions. Own the Spotlight was the last viewing of the day for us, a dance show involving beautifully choreographed pieces of ballet, modern and contemporary dance set to engaging movie sound tracks.
If you like watching postmodern-style dancing, well choreographed and performed by beautifully toned young dancers, then Edge by Siwela Sonke may be for you. Siwela Sonke dance company performs five 15-minute pieces, each with a different flavour, in this show, on at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban, South Africa, 18 to 21 February. Shows on 19 and 20 February are at 7pm, and on 20 and 21 February at 3pm. Tickets are available at the door. Cost: R50.
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