Expect big fun at the Fantastical Flea Circus

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Shona Johnson and Verne Rowin Munsamy

Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes, are invited to come to ‘The Hex’ for some jolly surprises; for a merry morning of magic and mirth, with the Teeniest Tiniest Circus on Earth!

The colourful children’s show, The Fantastical Flea Circus, heads for Pietermaritzburg for the first time, for a short season at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Hexagon Theatre in Scottsville from December 8 to 12.  

First staged in 2011 at the Catalina Theatre, this popular production scooped all 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 jolly 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 and Durban Theatre 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 talented Durban actor, Verne Rowin Munsamy as her travelling companion and professor of Fleaology.

Shona 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 ten other stage productions, including Reality Bytes, Beyond the Big Bangs, and PopCom.

Verne Rowin Munsamy, Artistic Director of the Catalina Theatre and ScruffySession 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 cannonball 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.

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

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 under-privileged children. Patrons attending performances of The Fantastical Flea Circus are invited to bring toys with them as their donations towards this worthy cause. 

 

 

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