High-octane theatre fun

2011-11-10 00:00

THE Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse is preparing to stage two very different productions over the next two weeks. The Young Men Who Marched Away

Kicking things off this weekend is midlands resident Paul Spence’s story of the young Michaelhouse men who marched away to France during World War 1 to fight for king and country, and never returned to Balgowan.

This production, which is at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on Saturday, stars midlands-based singer Cat Simoni, who has performed at the Ritz, Dorchester and Savoy hotels in London.

The production is directed by William Le Cordeur, director of the Schlesinger Theatre, and includes poetry from Tennyson, Newbolt, Brooke, Yeats, Owen and Sassoon, stirring prose from Winston Churchill and heart-warming songs like Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary, Keep The Home Fires Burning, The Quartermaster’s Stores, Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major and Goodbye Dolly Gray.

The first act is set in Balgowan, where the boys are moulded into chivalrous soldiers who march off to war. With hilarious snippets from Joan Littlewood’s Oh What a Lovely War, the scene is set for “the war to end all wars!”. Act two is set in Europe, and theatregoers will experience the trenches and the music halls of London.

Tickets are R150, which includes pre-show canapés and drinks and interval tea and coffee. To book, e-mail ­theatre@michaelhouse.org or phone 033 234 1314. All proceeds go to the Khazimula Children’s Project. The Pollution revolution Next week the theatre will host story­telling maestros Craig Morris (Blood Orange, Bar Flies) and Kyla Davis (Planet B), from the Well Worn Theatre Company, who will be staging The Pollution Revolution at the venue from November 16 to November 18 at 2 pm.

This educational theatre piece tells the story of a young boy, The Kid, who is blissfully unaware of how much energy and water he wastes every day. He comes home from school, switches on all the lights and taps, and chucks his rubbish anywhere and everywhere without thinking.

Joule, who is energy personified, ­decides to intervene. He pops out of the plug to tell The Kid that he is an energy addict and that things must change.

The Pollution Revolution is a high­octane, action-packed, carbon-kicking adventure, which will take theatregoers from the emerald depths of the Amazon to the frenetic streets of Future Jozi. You’ll meet penguins, frogs and petrol attendants, all of whom are on a mission to fix the planet and save our species.

Suitable for children of all ages — and especially those in Grades 4 to 9 — the play offers a great lesson in issues like climate change, energy, water and social justice.

Tickets are R30, and can be booked via e-mail at theatre@michaelhouse.org or by phoning 033 234 1314.

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