THE Playhouse in Durban is hosting a cracking comedy – Paul Slabolepzy’s For Your Ears Only – this festive season. The show runs from December 12 to 23 in the Drama Theatre.
Taking the form of a live radio play on stage, For Your Ears Only stars Slabolepzy (pictured here), as well as the enormously popular Michael Richard, Michael Gritten, Louise Saint-Claire, Sibusiso Radebe, Bheki Mqadi and Bronwyn van Graan.
The show is directed by another giant of the South African theatre, Ralph Lawson.
Taking the audience behind the scenes of a radio studio, For Your Ears Only sees a group of actors, a producer and a writer assemble in a radio studio to record a weekly ‘soapie’ called The Soul of Sister Serious.
As the narrative unfolds, we find the producer in a state of high anxiety, the writer feeling threatened, and two of the actors heading for the divorce courts. The result is a comedy that crackles with hilarity and intrigue.
As the ‘soapie’ is being recorded, the crazy happenings behind the scenes become even more compelling than what is being recorded, and patrons re drawn into the ‘play within a play’ for a unique glimpse into the process of producing ‘theatre of the mind’.
As an actor, Paul Slab, as he is affectionately known, has appeared in over 100 stage and television plays, as well as 15 feature films.
South Africans will recognise him from Heel Against the Head, Mooi Street Moves, Saturday Night at the Palace and many other hits. As a writer, Slabolepszy has over 30 plays to his name, and is, after Athol Fugard, arguably South Africa’s foremost playwright, having had his work performed around the world and winning many awards.
Lawson is well known to audiences for his award-winning work both as an actor and a director. Spanning four decades, his career has seen him in landmark roles ranging from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Mozart in Shaffer’s Amadeus and the Narrator in Sondheim’s Into The Woods.
At the Playhouse, he has directed the musicals Annie and The Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady (Durban Theatre Award – Best Director), Masterclass (Durban Theatre Award – Best Director) and Cinderella (Durban Theatre Award – Best Director), and performed several roles.
He recently directed The Playhouse Company’s Community Arts Mentorship Programme (CAMP) and wrote and starred in A Voice I Cannot Silence, a play based on the life of Alan Paton, at the Grahamstown Festival.
“The Playhouse Company is proud to bring to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and visitors to our province another piece of quality theatre this holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our theatres,” said Linda Bukhosini, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of The Playhouse Company.
Tickets are R80 each for the preview performances on December 9, 10 and 11. Book with Playhouse Marketing by calling Dawn Haddon on 031 369 9407.
From December 12, tickets are R130 and R150 each, and available via Computicket on www.computicket.co.za or from the Playhouse box office on (031) 369 9596. Pensioners and scholars under 18 secure discounted tickets on presentation of ID.
Playhouse patrons receive discounted parking at The Royal Hotel Parking and at the Albany Grove Parkade. The Playhouse coffee shop offers a variety of light meals and drinks, while the Playhouse bar is open for every performance.