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Hanamichi brings an Eastern flavour to Fest


By David Mann

Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival is renowned for bringing together an array of shows and performances from all around the country. A devised piece by director Tristan Jacobs and his cast, does something different by fusing Japanese and South African culture together in a play titled Hanamichi.

Translating directly as ‘Flower path’, the name refers to the flowery walkway which runs through the stage, setting the scene for the story. The story speaks of “the overwhelming act of writing; the inspiration-less cave we find ourselves in and the paths we create to get out.”

Using  Ted Hughes’ The Thought Fox as the main text of the piece, the story told is that of the writer himself and his efforts to write his next great piece of literature. This is whilst being constantly distracted by a cheeky fox with which he exchanges insults.

By making use of these two protagonists and two accompanying musicians, Jacobs creates a unique combination of Eastern and South African forms of theatre and art.
hanamichi poster

The visual and physical aspects of the piece as well as the design of it all, allows for the audience to generate their own meaning making process within the piece and take what they want from the show.

You can see Hanamichi being performed at PJ’s from 2-4 July as part of the Fringe programme.

For ticket prices and more info on the show see Hanamichi in the National Arts Festival programme.