KickstArt Theatre Company presents its annual festive family panto, Puss in Boots, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus in Durban from December 5 to January 11.
With all its popular songs, extravagant sets, sumptuous costumes and rib-tickling humour, it is as a guaranteed uplifting bonding experience for the whole family.
Directed by Steven Stead and designed by Peter Court, this swashbuckling version of the classic fairy tale Puss in Boots, features the charming and charismatic Rory Booth in the title role, panto stalwarts Bryan Hiles (as Puss’s hapless surfer-dude owner, Tom) and Darren King (Tom’s outrageous mother, Dame Marzipan, the village baker).
Every good panto needs a nasty villain, and rubber-faced, treacle-voiced Peter Court makes a meal of the dastardly Grimsby Withergood, a shape-shifting goblin wizard, while his nemesis, the good fairy, Calypso Honeybunch, is played with quirky style by much-loved Durban actress, Belinda Henwood.
More glamour comes in the form of two beautiful ladies, Londiwe Dhlomo, who plays the adventurous Princess Miranda, and Caitlin Kilburn as a slinky feline spy, Selina Swiftclaw. Rounding off the excellent cast is golden-voiced Lyle Buxton as a Johnny Bravo style mill owner, and Nhlakanepho Manqele as the jocular king of the enchanted island.
You can book through Computicket: www.computicket.co.za or by phoning 0861 915 8000. For block bookings and information on group discounts, contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: email@example.com or call her on 083 250 2690.
For more information about KickstArt Theatre visit www.kickstarttheatre.co.za or like the Facebook pages: KickstArt Theatre Productions and Friends of KickstArt. You can also follow the company on Twitter: @KickstartProd1
Pic by Val Adamson