Local festive-season round-up

2011-12-20 00:00

IF YOU’RE still looking for ways to entertain yourselves and the children during the festive season, then why not catch one of the fabulous theatre shows in Durban.


CHILDREN can sing-a-long with Sandy Bigara of Paw Paw Productions South Africa, in the children’s show Animal Tail at the Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf, ­Durban, at 11 am daily until December 22.

A collaboration between Bigara, a Durban playwright, and her grandmother, author Joan Bottriell, Animal Tails includes the stories: The Giraffe That Was Born With A Short Neck, The Dog That Didn’t Know How To Be A Proper Watchdog, The Frog That Lost Its Croak, The Warthog That Dreamed Of Being A Beauty Queen and Charlie The Cheating Cheetah.

Tickets are R45 or you can enjoy a boat ride around the harbour and the show for R60. Phone 031 305 6889 or go to to www.strictlytickets.com to book.


Cinderella: A fun-filled theatrical treat

THE Playhouse Company is staging Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Cinderella, in the Opera Theatre until December 31.

With spectacular sets, colourful costumes, great songs, dazzling dance sequences and a whole lot of fun, this version of the world’s best-loved rags-to-riches fable is performed by an all-star cast with live accompaniment by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

Starring in the title role is the multi-talented young South African actress-singer-dancer, Nondumiso Tembe, with the role of Christopher, a charming young prince, being played by Ryan Flynn.

They are joined by multiple-award-winning actress Lisa Bobbert will play Cinderella’s stepmother, Krystle Temmerman as Grace, the awkward step-sister), Clare Mortimer as Joy, the sullen step-sister, Lauren Dasappa as Cinderella’s fairy Godmother, Cobus Venter as King Maximillian, Marion Louden as Queen Constantia, and Darren King as Lionel.

Book tickets – priced from R80 to R130 – for this theatrical treat at Computicket. Showtimes are 7.30 pm on December 20 to 23, 27 to 29 and 30 and at 2 pm on December 23, 24, 28, 30 and 31.

Alice In Wonderland: Naughty-but-nice festive season froth


DURBAN’S adult panto team is offering theatregoers a brand new take on Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, at The Suncoast Zone, Suncoast Casino in Durban, until December 31.

This naughty-but-nice festive-season froth features panto stalwart Anthony Stonier as the Queen of Hearts, Thomie Holtzhausen as the White Rabbit and drug addicted Caterpillar; the irrepressible Daisy Spencer as Dora Mouse, Tweedledum and the Cheshire Cat; Sean de Klerk as the Mad Hatter and Tweedledee; Marc Kay as the Knave of Hearts and Donnagh Roberts as Alice.

Written and directed by Darren King, Alice in Wonderland can be seen at 8 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and at 2 pm on Sundays. Doors open 90 minutes before the show for dinner — take a picnic supper or order something at one of the Suncoast restaurants. Tickets range from R100 to R120 at Computicket.

On New Year’s Eve, there will be a special grand finale of the panto and afterwards you can watch as Durban’s night sky is lit up above Suncoast in a spectacular fireworks display at the SUNdeck. Guests can also enjoy a free glass of champagne at the performance which begins at 10 pm.


THE irrepressible Gee Jays — Gary McKenzie, Grant Bell and John Didlick — are presenting their smash-hit show Boep Idles at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest until December 31.

Described as “an absolute slap in the face for the TV reality show, Pop Idols”, the show promises patrons a real foot-stomping, thigh-slapping all-out laugh for the festive season.

There will be no Gareth Gates or Will Young at this party, rather the show features songs from the real idols who put in the hard yards — guys like Cliff Richard, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Tom Jones and many more.

Tickets are R100 for the show only, R165 on Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunch time and R190 from Wednesday to Saturday. Prices include a two-course meal. To book, phone 031 765 4197.

A charming and magical adventure


THE heart-warming family ­pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is being presented by KickstArt Theatre Company at the Elizabeth Sneddon ­Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban until January 9.

This charming and magical adventure for all ages boasts mysterious mirrors, seven of the most gorgeous dwarfs ever seen on a stage, dazzling sets and costumes, familiar songs, witty jokes, slap-stick and sing-alongs.

Georgina Mabbett plays Snow White, with Lyle Buxton as her handsome Prince Valiant, Peter Court as the wicked Queen Malicia, and ­Bryan Hiles, Belinda Henwood and Rory Booth are the ­knock-about comedy team of Tom Trueshot, Polly Pumpkinseed and Zanzibar Jack.

Performances of this delightful pantomime are at 2.30 pm from Tuesday to ­Sunday, and at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are R130 (R100 for pensioners and children under 12 years old) at Computicket.


Running at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway in Umhlanga until January 8 is the spectacular production, Big Top Rock, which mixes circus acrobatics with rock music and ticks every box when it comes to entertainment.

Orlando, Natalie and Marco Vargas and Shannon Webster perform their aerial acts to well-chosen rock anthems, which are performed by singers Kyle Matthews, Nadine Sisam and Stephan van Huyssteen, Andy Murray (guitar), Vusi Maseko (keyboards), Bongani Nikelo (bass guitar) and Dylan van der Linde (drums).

Tickets for the show are R135 Wednesday to Saturday and R100 on Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons. To book phone 031 566 3045.

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