Double dose of ‘Slab’

SUPER creative husband and wife team, Paul and Carol Slabolepszy, will both be at the Hilton Arts Festival this year — coming to Hilton from September 14-16.

Paul is presenting his play, Suddenly the Storm, and doing a talk, “A Slice of Slab”, and Carol is displaying her beautiful artwork, “My Hares and Graces”.

Suddenly the Storm is one of the two Grinrod Flagship Productions and has been billed as a “dangerous comedy! combative, volatile and constantly on the verge of exploding”.

Dwayne and Shanell Combrink are two halves of a typical South African working class couple. But beneath Dwayne’s angry violent exterior lies the heartbreak that governs his attitude to life. He is a man in mourning. Shanell believes that his current level of despair was sparked by the death of his childhood friend and work partner, Jonas. In fact, the source of his mourning and anger lies far further back and goes far deeper.

When the elegant and self-contained Namhle Gumede, born June 16, 1976, arrives on their doorstep, seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 years, Dwayne and Shanell finally discover the truth. What starts as a smouldering, dark comedy turns into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, rages and recriminations — suddenly the storm begins …

Written by and starring multiple award-winning playwright Paul Slabolespszy, Charmaine Weir-Smith and Renate Stuurman, it is directed by Bobby Heaney and boasts a stunning Greg King set design. It appears with thanks to The Market Theatre Foundation.

The play will be staged on September 15 and 16 at 10 am on both dates. Paul will also be doing an informal lecture, “A Slice of Slab” — talking about his amazing journey on Saturday at 5 pm.

“My Hares and Graces” is a collection of life-size sculptures of hares, cats and dogs, by Carol

Slabolepszy will be portraying the essence of these animals, capturing them in a moment of unguarded stillness. The animals are sculpted in clay and after a mould is made, they are individually cast in a weather-proof resin and metal powder blend, and meticulously hand-finished.

There are now 21 unique sculptures all over South Africa and the world — inspiration and energy ensure that the collection continues to grow.

Dedicated to protecting SA’s wild hare population, “My Hares and Graces” donates to the EWT Riverine Rabbit Trust.

These works have a gentle presence which will enliven your home or garden. Each sculpture has its own individual character, and an embedded pet microchip identifies it as an original work — a quirky combination of technology and fine art.

The festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from Hilton College on September 14-16. For more info visit or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest

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The 26th annual Hilton Arts Festival will run from September 14-16. The full programme can be found on . Online bookings are now open and programmes are now available from various outlets in Pietermaritzburg and Durban

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, Corona and Capital Media.