Crazy Comedy – Ben Voss delivers with Bushwhacker logic

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FOR those of you who missed seeing Benny Bushwhacker — conservationist, environmental campaigner and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot — in Durban, then you had better make sure you book to see him at the Hilton Arts Festival this weekend. Continue reading

Have a laugh with Aaron and Lisa and help raise funds for Awesome SA

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Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert star in ‘Marriage for Dummies’, a new comedy being staged in Pietermaritzburg to raise money for Awesome SA. PHOTO: supplied

MARRIAGE for Dummies, a new comedy, which explores the ups and downs of married life, is being staged in Pietermaritzburg to raise money for Awesome SA. Continue reading

Comedians, Aaron McIlroy, John Vlismas and Jem Atkins, to deliver ‘An Evening of Chemody’ to support Themi Venturas

Join John Vlismas, Aaron McIlroy and Jem Atkins in An Evening of Chemody at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus at 7.30pm on Monday, June 26 and help raise funds for theatre legend, Themi Venturas’ medical expenses. 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

Check out all the nominees in the 2016 The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards

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The cast of KickStArt Theatre Company’s Into the Woods which is running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban. Photo: Val Adamson

KickStArt Theatre Company has been rewarded with 54 nominations in this year’s The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. The ceremony will be staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus at 7.30pm on Monday, November 21. Continue reading

Aaron McIlroy to present a ‘Comedy Masterclass’ at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg

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Stand by for a fresh new laugh-a-line theatre experience from South Africa’s ‘Master of Mirth, Aaron McIlroy! Following a highly successful premiere run at University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban earlier this year, and triumphing on the 2016 National Arts Festival Fringe, Comedy Masterclass is the set to take the Hexagon Theatre on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg by storm.

 

Join McIlroy as he delves into the science that underpins the world’s oldest coping mechanism, a Sense of Humour. Co-written by McIlroy and Patrick Kenny, and directed by Kenny, Comedy Masterclass is a surreal, comedic roller-coaster ride into the world of laughter, where the rules are subjective and what one person finds funny another may cringe at!

“Something is funny because it captures a moment, it contains an element of truth as seen from a new angle, it is something that we have always known and yet are hearing it out loud for the first time. I think that our need to feel intelligent comes into play a lot in finding things funny…,” says McIlroy.

“Maybe humour is actually the overwhelming joy at feeling intelligent. Say somebody tries to put on their shoes standing up and falls over. They look like a complete idiot, we feel intelligent because we are not the one falling over.. So, we laugh – maybe out of relief that it’s not us – this time!

“Another person makes a clever comment and only a few people get it. If we get the joke we recognise the person as being clever and feel clever ourselves because we understood the concept so, we laugh, again.”

So is humour partly to do with self-congratulation at being intelligent? “Probably a huge part of it!  In any event, as ‘Laughter is the best medicine’, come and enjoy your dose. Because, let’s face it, there has never been a time when we needed it more,” says McIlroy.

The show – the latest offering from the artist who brought you Abbamaniacs, The Loser, and most recently The Ranga – plays in Pietermaritzburg for three performances only, on Friday, August 12 at 7.30 pm and on Saturday, August 13 at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

Tickets are R130 per person (R100 for pensioners, students and scholars). Booking is through http://www.webtickets.co.za.

 

 

Be sure to join McIlroy at Comedy Masterclass at The Hex in Pmb!

Join Aaron McIlroy in a comedy masterclass

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STAND by for a fresh new laugh-a-line theatre experience from South Africa’s ‘Master of Mirth!, Aaron McIlroy (Abbamaniacs, The Loser, The Ranga), at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban from May 19 to June 5.

In Comedy Masterclass Aaron delves into the science that underpins the world’s oldest coping mechanism, a Sense of Humour.

Co-written by Aaron and Patrick Kenny, and directed by Kenny, Comedy Masterclass is a surreal, comedic rollercoaster ride into the world of laughter, where the rules are subjective and what one person finds funny another may cringe at! Continue reading