Fantastical Flea Circus heads to PMB

2015-12-02 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  ‘The Fantastical Flea Circus’ stars Shona Johnson (left) and Verne Rowin Munsamy.

PHOTO: supplied ‘The Fantastical Flea Circus’ stars Shona Johnson (left) and Verne Rowin Munsamy.

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ROLL up, roll up - the children’s show, The Fantastical Flea Circus, heads to Pietermaritzburg for the first time for a short season at UKZN’s Hexagon Theatre in Scottsville from 8 to 12 December.

First staged in 2011 at the Catalina Theatre, this production scooped awards in the children’s category at that year’s Durban Theatre Awards. Since then the Small Top antics have been seen by thousands of delighted youngsters, playing at schools and venues throughout the province.

A mix of song, dance, rhyming verse and clever tricks, The Fantastical Flea Circus is written and directed by Clinton Marius, creator of the much-loved radio soapie, Lollipop Lane, as well as the Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning comedy, B!*ch Stole My Doek.

The production stars the award-winning Shona Johnson as world-renowned opera singer, Duchess De Nunu, and Durban actor, Verne Rowin Munsamy as her travelling companion and professor of Fleaology.

Shona Johnson teaches at the Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy in Durban, and runs her own company - Aweh! Theatre. She was previously seen in the smash hit, B!*ch Stole My Doek, and has also appeared in 10 other stage productions, including Reality Bytes, Beyond the Big Bangs, and PopCom.
The actress was previously been nominated for four Mercury Durban Theatre Awards, and has just been nominated among the contenders for 2015 Mercury Durban Theatre Personality of the Year award.

Verne Rowin Munsamy, the artistic director of the Catalina Theatre, and also of Scruffy Session Productions, has written and directed numerous shows, including Reality Bytes, and No Contest! He also appeared in the adult panto, Sinderfella­, and the Bollywood musical, Consenting Silence.

Together, the duo present a merry band of fleas in an exciting line-up of circus acts, including a high-wire routine, a car race, a cannon ball and bull’s-eye stunt, a high-dive act, a strong-o-mometer, and a disappearing hand trick.

“When writing this play, I wanted to create a piece for youngsters that would also entertain and amuse their parents and older siblings, so that the whole family could enjoy a theatre-outing together,” says Marius.

“Wonder-flea entertaining,” enthused Daily News reviewer, Latoya Newman, while The Mercury’s arts editor, Billy Suter, found the show “Big fun from tiny stars … flecked with fun rhyming verse and featuring some short songs … a charming way to fill an hour”.

Daily performances of The Fantastical Flea Circus at The Hexagon are at 11am. Tickets are R80. Booking is through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers. For phone bookings, call 0861 915 8000, or book online at www.comput

Copy Dog supports East Coast Radio’s Toy Story charity campaign. There will be a box in the foyer of the Hexagon Theatre for the collection of toys to be distributed by the radio station to underprivileged children. Patrons attending performances of The Fantastical Flea Circus are invited to bring toys with them as their donations towards this worthy cause. – Supplied

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