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

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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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Celebrating the 21st anniversary of “La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon” in KZN

Glenn Flanagan with the sign to the monument

Glenn Flanagan with the sign to the monument.

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the establishment of La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon (The Route of the Prince Impérial, Louis Napoleon), a tourism initiative that follows the scenic pilgrimage route through KwaZulu-Natal, taken by a mother in mourning as she followed the footsteps of her son to where he was killed during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.

The Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon was killed in an ambush at uQweqwe, near Nqutu, on 1 June 1879. The following year on the anniversary of his death, his mother, the Empress Eugenie, spent the night in vigil at the very spot, which is now marked as a monument to him. Continue reading

The best new South African opera talent to be showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

Hear the brightest South African opera talent in Pietermaritzburg and Pinetown this weekend! South African diva, Sibongile Mngoma (soprano) and tenor, Sandile Mabaso will be presenting an opera recital at the Pinetown Methodist Church on 18 March at 7pm and at the Tatham Art Gallery on 19 March at 3pm.

These shining lights of the national opera scene will be will be performing arias, duets and choruses from the world’s most beautiful operas. Continue reading

Opera stars, Sibongile Mngoma and Sandile Mabaso, to delight audiences in Joburg

Sibongile Mngoma

Sibongile Mngoma.

TWO of the shining lights of the South African opera scene – Sibongile Mngoma (soprano) and Sandile Mabaso (tenor) –  will be performing in the main hall of the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, at 7 pm on July 28.

The duo will be performing arias and duets from the world’s most beautiful operas. Sigongile will be singing arias from Puccini’s La Boheme and Tosca and Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti; while Sandile will be singing from Massenet’s Manon and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amour. They will be accompanied by Marten van Wyk on piano.

Tickets for the Opera Duo concert are R120 (concessions R80) at http://www.webtickets.co.za. Proceeds from this concert will be used to upgrade the music department. Continue reading