Top Durban musos to perform in KickStArt Theatre Company’s ‘Chicago’

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Get ready to be Razzle Dazzled by (from left) Katy Moore, Jessica Sole and Charon Williams-Ros in KickStArt Theatre Company’s ‘Chicago’. Photo: Val Adamson

Some of Durban’s top musicians will be performing live for every performance of KickstArt’s high-kicking razzle-dazzle, Kander and Ebb musical, Chicagowhich is at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until April 30. Continue reading

Celebrate the songs of Vera Lynn at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban

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Award-winning Durban actress, Lisa Bobbert, will be performing the music of Vera Lynn at the Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road ,off Bartle Road, Umbilo, Durban at 8pm on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, March 19, 7.30pm on Monday, March 20,  and 2pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday, March 21.

For those who cannot get to Umbilo, there will be a 2pm performance A Nightingale Sang… A Tribute To Vera Lynn – which also features the talents of Evan Roberts and Anthony Stonier – on Sunday, March 26 at the Aliwal Theatre. Continue reading

Join Cat Simoni and Paul Spence as they celebrate the ‘luvverly’ songs from classical musical, ‘My Fair Lady’

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Catch Midlands songbird, Cat Simoni, in Wouldn’t it be Luvverly! at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo, Durban, at 2pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, January 22 and at the Rhumbelow Theatre – Pietermaritzburg at the Allan Wilson Shellhole at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, February 12.

Written by Paul Spence, who co-stars with Cat, the show celebrates the Higgins & Liza story through all the unforgettable music of the wonderful Lerner and Loewe West End and Broadway show, My Fair Lady. Continue reading

Enjoy some Dr Seuss fun with ‘Seussical – The Musical’ at the People’s Theatre

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Jenna De Beer, Saxola Ketshengane and Kieran Wagner star in ‘Seussical – The Musical Jr’.

Get ready for laughter and rhyme with Seussical The Musical JR at the People’s Theatre in the Joburg Theatre Complex, Johannesburg, this festive season. Based on the much-loved Dr Seuss books, Seussical Jr draws its characters from a number of books; and is filled with music, laughter and feel-good fun. Continue reading

The Reals celebrate Fleetwood Mac at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban

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THE Rhumbelow Theatre at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, Umbilo, is staging The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story, featuring The Reals, at 8 pm on Friday, December 9, 8 pm on Saturday, December 10, 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, December 11, 8 pm on Friday, December 16, 8 pm on Saturday, December 17, and at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, December 18. Continue reading

Celebrate music’s one-hit wonders at the Hexagon Dive

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Daniel Rossouw, Katherine McClelland, Sandra Styles, Tammy Calder and Ryan Calder star in ‘One Hit Wonderful’ at the Hexagon Dive Theatre.

DO you remember Carl Perkins, Jeannie C Riley, Kim Carnes, Eddie Holman, The BodyRockers…? No, well join the club. Most people don’t them but they did have a number one hit that rocked the world.

On Friday, December 9, Saturday, December 10, Thursday, December 15, Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, Daniel Rossouw, Katherine McClelland, Sandra Styles, Tammy Calder and Ryan Calder will celebrate these hitmakers in the show One Hit Wonderful at the Hexagon Dive theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg. Continue reading

Play about Whoonga drug crisis wins big at 2016 Durban Theatre Awards

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Ulwembu, a play which examines the Whoonga drug problem in KwaZulu-Natal, won five prizes at the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. Photo: File

ULWEMBU, a play which tackles the serious consequences of the Whoonga (low grade heroin) drug problem in Durban, was one of the big winners at this year’s Mercury Durban Theatre Awards.

Over the course of 2015, award-winning playwright and director Neil Coppen (Tin Bucket Drum, Tree Boy, Abnormal Loads and Animal Farm), actress Mpume Mtombeni, KwaMashu-based community-theatre group, The Big Brotherhood, and educational sociologist, Dylan McGarry, set about exploring the crisis.

The result of the two-year research/play-making process was a powerful new theatre production, which gave audiences the opportunity to walk in the shoes of users, dealers, police officers, social-workers and parents of drug users. Continue reading

Enjoy naughty but nice fun at ‘Once Upon A Fairy – Not The Adult Panto’

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TQ Zondi as the Prince in ‘Once Upon A Fairy (Not the Adult Panto)’. Photo: Sonneke Kacel

THE world’s best known fairy tales get a – very adult – make-over in the festive froth and frolics that is Once Upon A Fairy (Not the Adult Panto).

Written and directed by Thomie Holtzhausen, with music arrangement by Jaziel Vaugh’ann, the show runs from November 17 to January 15 at Altitude, 25 Silver Avenue, Durban. Continue reading

Classic musical, ‘The Sound of Music’, to be staged at The Playhouse in Durban

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Lynelle Kenned and the young actors and actresses playing the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music at the Playhouse.

The Playhouse Company is set to delight theatre-goers in KwaZulu-Natal with its festive season staging of The Sound of Music, which opens in the magnificent Playhouse Opera Theatre on November 24 and runs until December 30.

This fresh, sparkling, new production will be directed by award-winning theatre director and actor, Ralph Lawson. Continue reading