Buccaneers — The Sequel Upperdeck, uShaka Marine World

2011-03-15 00:00

IF you want to release your inner pirate, then head on down to the Phantom Ship at uShaka Marine World in Durban for a fun night out at the annual pirate party.

This swashbuckling sequel to last year’s popular Buccaneers show, combines great tunes — ranging from Duran Duran’s Wild Boys to Roger Whittaker’s If I Were A Rich Man, Queen’s I Want To Break Free, and Chris de Burgh’s Patricia The Stripper — with jaw-dropping acrobatics and huge amounts of audience participation.

Christopher Dudgeon plays the ferocious Captain Morgan Freeman, who rules his motley crew — played by Thokozani Nzima as Fleck, Byron-Lee Olivato as Flea and Donnagh Roberts as Scurvy Samuels (at least until her disguise is blown) — with a rod of iron.

The pirates also have a couple of fetching hostages on board — Delilah Winterbottom (Melissa Allison) and Olga Rub-Yer-Schnoz-In-It (played by circus professional Tyra Nielsen). The latter does everything from walking on broken glass to wrapping herself around an aerial hoop and even a spot of singing.

Patrons are divided into different tables — rock, reggae, disco divas and country — and have to sing theme songs whenever their “cheerleaders” in the band demand. And not even the staff at the Upper Deck escape getting involved in the fun. During the show the pirates attend the annual mutiny bash and suddenly you’re faced with the spectacle of staff battling each other.

If you’re after a little light-hearted entertainment, then get yourself down to Durban. You’re guaranteed a night of fun, me hearties.

• Buccaneers — The Seque l can be seen from Thursday to Saturday evenings at 6.30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, until May 8. Tickets are R179 (R150 on Sundays) which includes a buffet dinner and the show. Booking is through Computicket or phone 031 328 8108.

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