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Happy hip hop signs up

1Way from Limpopo to Smithfield … It was a close thing, but 1WayCrew, a hip hop/house outfit from Limpopo have signed on the dotted line. Because of their schedule they only just made the deadline before we took the programme to the printers. Their signature has brought the festival complement to eight shows over three days giving audiences a wide variety from which to choose. The signature song of 1Way goes like this: ‘One way to Limpopo’, but as of tonight it’s ‘One way to Smithfield’. They’ll be here to open our festival at the Red Barn on...Read more

Prepare to VREK!

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the final show booked for the Platteland Preview: Vrek! The genre isn’t easy to categorise, but there’s no doubt about the subject matter: fracking. That’s a hot topic in the Karoo and also in Smithfield where we like to think of ourselves as the ‘amper karoo’. The director of the play, Walter Strydom, formerly a freelance theatre technician, now teaching at the University of the Free State. We’ll be hearing more from him. Vrek stars a cast of odd characters dreamed up to provoke the audience into thinking more deeply...Read more

Why we are bringing an arts festival to Smithfield

Interview about the festival with Carmel Rickard, journalist and writer. She has lived in Smithfield for more than 11 years, and the festival is her dream child. She says it’s long been her dream to bring great art – performance, dance, music, visual art – to the central rural area of South Africa in a way that will allow ordinary people to participate and benefit, without having to travel to the big cities...Read more

Platteland Preview in today’s Volksblad: 7 May 2013

Smithfield begin eie kunstefees Toetslopie vir akteurs op pad na Grahamstad ELRETHA BRITZ Maandag 06 Mei 2013 OP Smithfield ontspring vanjaar ’n kunstefees uit vertonings en akteurs wat op pad na die jaarlikse Nasionale Kunstefees in Grahamstad deur dié Suid-Vrystaatse dorp ry. “Platteland Preview begin klein, maar ons hoop dit sal die dorp se ekonomie en toerisme bevorder, terwyl teatergangers ’n kykie kry in die werk wat in Grahamstad aangebied word,” sê Zaza Pieterse, ’n lid van die fees se bestuurskomitee. Die voordeel wat dié samewerking...Read more

Chris Mann, poet and fest fundi, visits Smithfield

Chris Mann is a modern-day troubadour. He’s just completed a six week roadshow, playing his guitar, singing, performing his poems. This week he dropped by Smithfield where he enthralled us over supper with some of his best-loved poems and songs. Poetry professor at Rhodes University, he’s also a deep well of information about festivals and how to make them work. Not surprising after many years of running South Africa’s Wordfest, under the umbrella of Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival. Lucky for us he didn’t hold back and shared some valuable suggestions about...Read more

That man Bram, now in Smithfield

Bram Fischer is a name that a whole new generation of South Africans are discovering for the first time. At least three biographies have recently been published about him – and now audiences at the Platteland Preview can find out more about Bram Fischer for themselves. ‘The Bram Fischer Waltz’, starring David Butler, opens our festival on Friday, 21 June. And it’s a special event in many ways, not least because it’s the play’s premier performance in English. In the 1960s Fischer enjoyed virtually celebrity status because of his incredible skills as a lawyer...Read more

Shotgun Tori sings for her supper in Smithfield!

Shotgun Tori aka Victoria Landey plays alternative acoustic folk and sings. Last week she was driving through Smithfield after a gig in Aliwal North and stopped by for some coffee. And to find out more on the Platteland Preview. So we said: sing us a song. And so she did. Needless to say she charmed us all – and she now has two slots on our programme. Mostly Tori sings her own compositions: listen out for her compelling, passionate voice plus the clever catchy lyrics that put this one-woman show in a class of her own. Don’t miss her shows at the Platteland Preview in Smithfield...Read more


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