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The theatrical play “My Father’s Hat” which was staged at the Harare International Festival of the Arts left lasting memories as it unleashed how South Africa suffered under apartheid. The play, which is approximately 60 minutes long, was written and performed by Aldo Brincat.

Directed by New York based Zingi Mkefa, this production charmed the audience as it unfolded. It is about a family of emigrants who settle in South Africa and amongst humble beginnings, find their passion as stage performers of Sleight of Hand while running the family grocer at the corner shop.

They face challenges as South Africa begins to burn under the oppression of apartheid.

The play was voted by The Mail amp Guardian of South Africa as one of South Africa’s Top 5 Male Solo Performers of the Decade 2000 to 2009, along with the likes of Pieter Dirk Uys, James Cairns, Rob van Vuuren.

The production is a master class of sleight of hand magic, mask work and physical theatre, it is comic and yet tragic. The play was successful at Musho Festival in Durban, The Number One Ladies Detective Opera House in Gaborone, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and Kalk Bay Theatre in Cape Town.

Source : The Herald

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