Celebrating the role of the pantomime dame

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Anthony Stonier (left) and Darren King in The Art of Being Ugly.

ONE of the greatest elements of pantomime is the tradition of the pantomime dame, played by a male actor in fabulous costume. Two of Durban’s finest exponents of this art – Darren King and Anthony Stonier – take to the stage at the Hexagon Theatre on March 4 and 5 to celebrate the panto dame in the comedy, The Art of Being Ugly.

Anthony Stonier has been the dame in every adult pantomime in Durban since the very first one back in 1996. And Darren King has been the dame in every family panto since Kickstart began producing them.

But have you ever wondered what goes on backstage in a production? The truth is revealed in The Art of Being Ugly which centres around Lou and Lav, ugly sisters in a long running production of Cinderella.

You meet them in the dressing about to do the 337th performance and can join in as they joke, tease and cajole each other into one more performance. Watch two consummate performers entertain you (and themselves) as they transform from luckless actors to wretched stepsisters. From blank canvas to full ugly, all will be revealed in this 60 minute chaotic romp.

Showtimes, Friday, March 4 at 7 pm and Saturday, March 5 at 2pm. Tickets R100. Bookings at Computicket – online at http://www.computicket.com or phone 0861 915 8000.




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