Two comedy gems staged

2016-05-11 06:00
Left, Yolande Farrow as Jean and Caren Bestbier as Leila in ‘Careful’ which will be staged at The Little Theatre in May.   Photo: SUPPLIED

Left, Yolande Farrow as Jean and Caren Bestbier as Leila in ‘Careful’ which will be staged at The Little Theatre in May. Photo: SUPPLIED

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‘AS the Koekie Crumbles’ and ‘Careful’ will be staged from May 18 to 22, at The Little Theatre.

These two adult-content, thought-provoking plays were penned by the late Fiona Coyne, a familiar face on SATV as The Weakest Link presenter.

Coyne’s works have been performed worldwide and these two comedy gems incorporate humour, pathos and brilliant insight into human relationships. This promises to be an evening of good, solid entertainment in the theatre.

‘As the Koekie Crumbles’ is traditionally a one-woman show and in this instance, the five roles will be in the very capable hands of Niqui Cloete-Barrass, who moves just as easily from being one of the top cabaret performers in the city, to straight roles on the PEMADS stage. She is well remembered for her outstanding performance in another one-woman show, Shirley Valentine.

‘As the Koekie Crumbles’ is set in Kenya, with some very recognisable, fun characters, who could have stepped straight out of White Mischief or Out of Africa and into the late 80’s in Kenya.

‘Careful’ was the final play penned by Fiona Coyne and was written for the Dublin Gay Festival, where Roy Sargeant’s outstanding production, starring Diane Wilson, received great critical acclaim and was nominated for two awards. It went on to enjoy very successful runs in South Africa.

‘Careful’ follows the developing and, at times acerbic, relationship between an ageing actress and a gay theatre critic. These two roles will be played by stalwarts, Yolande Farrow and Caren Bestbier.

Both productions will be directed by Linda-Louise Swain, moving from her successful onstage theatrical career at PEMADS, to the directorial seat.

Tickets cost R60 and will be on sale through Computicket. The shows run from May 18 to 20 at 7:30pm and on May 21 to 22 at 2:30pm.

PEMADS patrons may book their seats at the Opera House outlet of Computicket, if they produce their membership card. Tickets will also be on sale at the Little Theatre box office prior to each performance.

A cash bar will be available and there is a coffee bar/restaurant on the premises.

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