The National Arts Festival is about so much more than ‘just theatre’. We highlight three shows we don’t want you to miss in Grahamstown this year

[MUSIC] The Odeion String Ensemble in REFLECTIONS ON A LEGEND: 46664 This year marks the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela, and the Odeion String Quartet will honour the late statesman with a musical juxtaposition on the combination of the prison number 46664. This retrospective amalgamation will comprise of a musical juxtaposition of chamber works in an ensemble pairing that attributes to each number, namely a quartet, triple sextet and a quartet.

[ARENA] FLOTSAM is directed by 2016 Standard Bank Ovation Award winner Sam Pennington (FALLING OFF THE HORN), designed by Natasha Warren-Stone and featuring Ryan Napier (DEATH OF A CLOWN). The play follows a man fighting to calm the maelstrom in his own mind. Risking everything, he jumps overboard and drifts – unmoored – on strange currents which drag him away from reality.

[FESTIVAL FILM] THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, directed by Marianne Elliot, is one of three National Theatre Live entries on the Festival Selection component of the 2018 Film. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production has received seven Olivier and five Tony awards. This groundbreaking initiative to broadcast productions from the London stage to cinema screens worldwide means you can experience some of the best of London’s West End right here in Grahamstown.