Theatre feels African vibes

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Out of South Africa and into Lancaster’s Dukes theatre comes a festival guaranteed to banish the autumn blues this October.

Afrovibes will transform The Dukes into a little South Africa from October 1 to 6 with the very best contemporary theatre, dance, music, film and spoken word from the African country.

And there will be a chance to enjoy a taste of South Africa too at The Dukes’ Township Café, serving authentic African food and drink.

It’s also the place to meet and soak up the festival atmosphere and see a host of fringe events including post show talks, impromptu jamming sessions and other surprises.

The festival kicks off at 6pm on October 1 with a launch including free beats and eats in the Township Café.

Monday also sees performances of And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses and Thirst which are repeated on Tuesday.

Thirst is a magical theatre piece based on the eventful journey of three water carriers trying to find the source of their dried-out river and features dance, physical theatre, song and African storytelling.

And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses is performed by two of South Africa’s most acclaimed comedians.

This entertaining, comic drama centres on two women from different backgrounds who discover they have more in common than first thought.

Drama with a more serious edge arrives on October 3 with Mother To Mother, a tour-de-force monologue telling the story of an American Fullbright scholar killed in Capetown by four youths.

The festival steps up to the beat of The Sibikwa Arts African Indigenous Orchestra on October 4.

Festival Friday on October 5 gives visitors a chance to pay what they can for a range of Afrovibes activities including dance, film, spoken word, beats and eats.

And the festival comes to its finale on October 6 with a Dance Double Bill.

Originally performed in 2011, Inception is a complex dance solo and My Exile Is In My Head is a solo dance/physical theatre piece inspired by Wole Soyinka’s prison notes, The Man Died.

Tickets for all Afrovibes events are priced separately or you can buy a Festival Pass and see all shows for £30/£20(concessions).

For more information and to book, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500.