Family fun fest

2009-07-02 00:00

IF you, like me, are a fan of AA Milne’s, Winnie the Pooh, then make sure you get yourself and your little ones down to The Playhouse this month to see KickstArt Theatre Company’s delightful version of this children’s classic.

Winnie-The-Pooh is one of several family-friendly shows in Durban, which are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained during the holidays. The others are Big River – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and The Further Adventures of Bob and Rob at the Catalina Theatre .

Rowan Bartlett plays the title role of Pooh Bear in KickstArt’s show, which can be see n at The Playhouse Opera Theatre from today until July 19. He will be joined by Carol Trench (Piglet), Peter Court (Eeyore), Anthony Stonier (Rabbit), Michael Gritten (Tigger), Liesl Coppin (Kanga) and Marc Kay (Owl).

Daniel Botha, who recently performed in Neil Coppen’s wonderful two-hander, Tree Boy, at the Playhouse Loft Theatre, will play Christopher Robin.

Performances are at 2.30 pm Tuesday to Sunday and Fridays at 7 pm. Tickets are R100 for adults and R80 for children under 12. Tickets can be booked through Computicket or the Playhouse box office at 031 369 9540 or 031 369 9596.

This year’s Rainbow Young Performers Project is Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which can be seen at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from July 3 to July 19.

Directed by Themi Venturas, the performers, who are all high school pupils, remind us that two people from very different backgrounds can share common ground.

Big River – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the ninth annual Young Performers Project. Previous productions include Annie, Curtain Up, Grease, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, and School of Rock.

Showtimes are 7.30 pm Tuesday to Friday, 2.30 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays and 6 pm on Sundays. Tickets can be booked through Computicket.

The Further Adventures of Bob and Rob can be seen at the Catalina Theatre until July 12. Written and performed by Grant Jacobs and Rory Booth, the show tells the story of two brothers who get swallowed into the world of TV and can only escape if they help others. And, because magic can’t happen inside TV, children in the audience are asked to help rescue the brothers.

The show is 45 minutes long and can be seen at 11 am seven days a week. Tickets cost R30 for the show or R45 for the show and a boat ride round the harbour. To book, phone 031 305 6889 or visit www.catali


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