Festinos are in for a rare & ghostly treat this year, as the fest spreads its performing arts programme’s wings, with a novel & most spirit-filled event that is entertainment at its best for 2019.
Owner & creator of the famed and ever-popular 20 year long-running Mystery Ghost Bus of South Africa, and Mystery Ghost Dinners plus Ghost Weekends Away, the dramatic & chilling Mark Rose-Christie, will be hosting-in-person one of the festival’s headliner shows called ‘Ghost Stories Around The Fire’, which includes dinner under the eerie night sky, at the highly acclaimed in-the-country eatery: ‘MelonRouge’.
Divided into three acts with two intervals, in the first act Rose-Christie speaks about his personal encounters with ghosts over 20 years. As a magician & illusionist, he is quick to detect hoaxes, and as a university-trained scientist he has to be empirical, sceptical & objective. Yet, and whilst having used all the bona fide research methodology possible, he explains why his paranormal encounters were real – at the same time providing quantum physics explanations for the phenomena.
Not only does this set the mood, it’s enough to turn even the most hardened sceptic into a pale-faced believer rather rapidly. And so the first interval easily encourages one to race to the cash bar to calm the n-e-r-ves, and then get into the spirit for act two, which comprises classic South African country ghost stories which span over a century. At times, in the background, and even amidst the audience, when least expected, Rose-Christie’s assistant, Kyle Basson, will produce some thrilling visual & sound effects.
“Being half Afrikaans myself, I fondly recall the days of stoepstories on the farm, and the classic SA country stories we tell come from well-known SA ghost authors, old & new. The tales span everything from a lonely haunted hotel in the middle of nowhere in the Free State, to the spook wagons of ‘Die Spokeveld’ (‘Spook Country’) located in the Cape; and from De La Rey’s ghost on the Highveld, to the most horribly creepy stories when the ‘victims’ have been alone in the countryside under a pale moon, where even spectral horses appear – let alone what else … but wait & see”, Rose-Christie said.
After another interval, with perhaps a round of shooters for your friends, if not another double drink by now, act three comprises dramatically recorded stories, with haunted music & chilling sound effects, with voiceovers by SATV star, Jamie Bartlett of “Rhythm City” fame. The last of the theatrically studio-recorded stories in true old radio style is about SA’s most famous ghost, who is also one of the most-well documented ghosts in the world: ‘The Uniondale Hitchhiker’. “Most know about her, but not all the details, let alone the finer ones, which will have you riveted to your seat”, Rose-Christie exclaimed.
But of course, after the show has ended, you will have to drive along that dark country road from MelonRouge, where you may also have to look into your rear-view mirror – where who knows, one of the local well-known ghostly hitchhikers of Magaliesburg, may just be sitting on your backseat too.
23 & 24 August Only. Limited Seating at 100 persons per night. Dress warmly in case, and feel free to bring blankets & cushions/pillows. Ages preferably 18 & up (no under 12’s), as this is more adult entertainment. R 230 p.p. with dinner included. Full Cash Bar until late. If you are vegetarian and/or require accommodation, call Shadé at MelonRouge 0796806050 or 0618248848. Bookings @ www.QUICKET.co.za where any remaining tickets will be sold at the door – cash only.