Out and about in Mzansi

2010-10-27 14:58

It’s All Hallows’ Eve this week, which is all the more reason to get out and about with the ghosts and ghouls.

Womb Tide continues to wow audiences around Mzansi, Captonians can listen with their eyes, while it’s back to Toyland to find out what else Noddy’s been up to, and there are treats galore at uShaka in Durban.

Street Party
Soweto’s Vilakazi Steet will be pumping on Saturday when the party starts – and continues all day long.

The street festival will have four stages, each hosted by a local icon from the worlds of house, hip-hop, dancehall and kwaito.

The Party People stage will be presented by hip-hop scholar and innovator DJ Kenzhero; on the Music Light Love stage you will find Black Coffee, an ex-Red Bull Music Academy participant and world-record-holding DJ (he played for 60 hours with one arm); the African Storm stage will be hosted by curators and reggae dance hall legends Admiral and Jah Seed; and finally, on the Keep Soweto Alive stage, you’ll find house, kwaito and the kicking sounds of “kasi”.

Also on the bill are fashionistas African Mutu Arts, Street Pop and Beading Dancer.
There will also be a beer garden and food galore – including Chisa Nyama.

Entrance is R20 and tickets will be available at the gate.

More information can be found at www.redbull.co.za.

Peter Pan
Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre is hosting this year’s adults-only pantomime on November 4 and 5.

Peter Pan has been given a spruce and the organisers say if you think it’s rude, it’s your dirty mind at work.

The cast is much that same as last year’s Sinderella and there are songs, jokes and dinner.

You can expect all sorts of silliness from Captain Hooker and the lost souls of Alwaysland.
Book at 033 260 5537.

Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf is a children’s tale that, through specific musical themes created for each character, explores the different instruments in an orchestra.

Commissioned by the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow, the work was composed by Sergei Prokofiev.
This new production features a narrator whose business it is to tell the story and explain the role of the different musical instruments, which are associated with characters in the play.

The horns, for example, represent the wolf, and the aggressiveness of the percussive instruments symbolises the hunters who are out to get the wolf.

The doddering, grumpy old grand dad is musically “voiced” by the bassoon, the cat by a nimble clarinet, and so forth.

This inventive reimagining takes place at the Promusica Theatre in Roodepoort from November 11 to December 15.

Book at Computicket or call 011 674 1356/7/8/9 for school bookings.

Womb Tide
Written by Lara Foot, and developed in collaboration with Leila Henriques, Brian Webber and Joss Levine, Womb Tide was first performed to great acclaim in 1995.

Now FTH:K’s new production comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from November 10 to December 4.
At its heart, Womb Tide is an unconventional love story.

Set in mid- to late 20th-century South Africa, it follows an eccentric and somewhat dysfunctional family through a story of love, loss and hope, and paints an impressionistic portrait of the complexities of family life.

Book at Computicket.

Trick or treat?
There’s a howling good time to be had at uShaka Marine World as visitors get a ghoulish goody bag and every shopkeeper is waiting to ward off tricks with plenty of treats. At the Wreck Aquarium of the Phantom Ship, there’s scary fun to be had.
The Halloween fun starts at 3pm.
Call 031 328 8000 for more information.

More Adventures of Noddy
More Adventures of Noddy, written by Sir David Wood, the UK’s top children’s dramatist who adapted some of Enid Blyton’s charming Noddy stories, is a colourful show packed with fun, excitement and plenty of audience participation.

The show runs from November 8 to December 24 at the Peoples Theatre, located at the Joburg Theatre complex in Braamfontein.

Meet Big Ears, Whiskers, Bumpy Dog, Tessie Bear, Sam and Sally Skittle, and Sly the Goblin – and, of course, the beloved little nodding man with the red-and-yellow car – in the stories Noddy and Noah’s Ark and Noddy and the Tootle.

Call 011 403 1563/2340 to book or visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za

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