Copy Dog, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents Sweetie Darling, a new one-man stage comedy by multiple award-winning playwright-director, Clinton Marius (Lollipop Lane, The Fantastical Flea Circus, B!*ch Stole My Doek), from July 19 to 24 at the Loft Theatre.
Starring the popular Durban actor, Bongani Mbatha, Sweetie Darling is a romantic comedy about a young man who goes all out to prove himself. While he sets up a picnic in the park for his sweetheart, he recounts the ups and downs of his journey to happiness. As he finds himself, and love, he also finds his path to spiritual growth.
Appraising the production’s debut performance in January 2016 at Durban’s Musho! Festival (where it won the coveted Suliman Family Trust award for the best production on the festival, as well as a judges’ award), Gisele Turner wrote in her review for Going Places: “Performed with heart and soul by Bongani Mbatha, this tragicomic love story held the audience enthralled. The combination of Marius’s gift for telling an engaging story and Mbatha’s gift for sincere characterisation make Sweetie Darling a winner… filled with ‘ah’ moments that have real emotional content.”
The production went on to score a hit at the Hexagon Theatre’s Mini Festival in Pietermaritzburg in February, and played on the 2016 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown, and the University of the Witwatersrand’s 969 Festival in Johannesburg, prior to its Durban season at The Playhouse in July.
Performances of Sweetie Darling in the Loft Theatre will be at 7.30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and at 2.30pm on Sunday. Tickets are R50 (Tuesday and Wednesday performances) and R85 (Friday to Sunday). Booking is through Computicket or the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 (office hours).
Bongani Mbatha made his professional debut in 2000, performing in The Playhouse Company’s New Stages production, Nomalizo by Bonginkosi Shangase. Subsequent hits include among others, the award-winning Maluju Zulu at the Market Theatre (2003), Ngicela uxolo (2008), Kudela Owawziyo (2009), Sophiatown (2013), All Gone and Skungpoomery (2014).