KickStart Theatre Company’s ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ is panto-tastic!


Dame Donna Kebab (Bryan Hiles), Sinbad (Lyle Buxton) and Silly Billy Souvlaki (Graeme Wicks) get a lift from a feathered friend in Sinbad the Sailor. Photo: Val Adamson

ESTELLE SINKINS reviews KickStArt Theatre Company’s Sinbad the Sailor at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban

CAN you fall in love with a camel? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ if it’s name is Dimple and its starring in KickStArt Theatre Company’s latest pantomime, Sinbad the Sailor.

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Love the music of the 1960s? Then don’t miss Dave Monks and Marion Loudon at the Rhumbelow Pietermaritzburg

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Dave Monks and Marion Loudon will be performing the music of the sixties at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Supplied

DAVE Monks and Marion Loudon will be going back to the Swinging 60s in their latest show, being staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, Pietermaritzburg at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, July 9. Continue reading

Take a trip down memory lane with The Reals and Fleetwood Mac

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Fans of Fleetwood Mac are in for a treat when some of Durban’s finest musicians take to the stage of the Rhumbelow Theatre – Pietermaritzburg at the Alan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Avenue (Durban Road) at 8pm on Saturday, March 25 and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, March 26.

The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story features The Reals – Barry Thomson , Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – as well as guest guitarist Colin Peddie and singer Marion Loudon. Continue reading

Enjoy some swinging sounds while helping raise money for Pet Rescue


Andrew Young

The Butlers Restaurant at 24 Old Main Road in Hillcrest will be hosting Sounds for Hounds at 12 noon on March 5. The fundraising concert, which is in aid of Pet Rescue, will feature saxophonist, Andrew Young, who is out from Austria on a tour around South Africa.

To book your rickets email or send an SMS to Jill at 082 412 8069.

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The Reals celebrate Fleetwood Mac at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban


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

Enjoy plenty of fabulous and free attractions at the Hilton Arts Festival


The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters.

It is possible to spend an entire day at the Hilton Arts Festival without being asked to part with a cent? Absolutely.

Simply drive into the grounds of Hilton College and then amble through the extensive craft market and nearly 100 exhibiting artist stands without paying, then, make your way to the Castle Lite Festival Marquee where music plays for free. You do have to pay for the beer though! Continue reading

Into the Woods is a wish come true


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

Review: Into The Woods – Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 

THERE is a saying ‘be careful what you wish for’, but I for one am extremely happy that my wish – that Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods would be staged in Durban one day – came true. Currently running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, KickStArt Theatre Company has again showed what can be achieved by ambitious dreamers and a dream cast and crew. Continue reading

It’s time to go Into the Woods with KickStArt


The cast of Into the Woods. Photo: Val Adamson

I remember sending a message to Steven Stead, artistic director of KickStArt Theatre Company, after seeing Disney’s film version of Into the Woods whether he had plans to do a stage version. He just said ‘watch this space’.

This week Durban theatregoers get to see Into the Woods on stage at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus from April 15 to May 1. I for one cannot wait to see Stephen Sondheim’s classic and I urge all my friends and family in Durban and Maritzburg to go and see it. Continue reading

Enjoy some festive fun with The Glitter Girls at The Playhouse

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The Glitter Girls are (from Left) Marion Loudon, Liesl Coppin and Lisa Bobbert. Photo: Sean Laurenz

Three of Durban’s most loved and versatile performers, Lisa Bobbert, Liesl Coppin and Marion Loudon, make up the formidable femme de force known as The Glitter Girls. And this festive season you can catch their award-winning show at the Playhouse Loft Theatre.

Presented by MacBob Productions, in association with The Playhouse Company, The Glitter Girls can be seen from December 9 to 20. Continue reading