Brilliant comedic timing makes this one of the best shows of the year

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Mthokozisi Zulu and James Cunningham. Photos: Val Adamson

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN Durban

“THIS set is a f***ing death trap!” – Never have truer words been spoken by Trevor, the stage technician, played by Adam Dore, in KickStArt’s hilarious production ofThe Play that Goes Wrong. Continue reading

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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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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

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

Applause for KickstArt’s celebration of Sondheim

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From left: Puppeteer Brandon Moulder with Milky White the cow, Jack (Graeme Wicks), the Baker’s Wife (Jessica Sole) and The Baker (Bryan Hiles). Photos: Val Adamson

DURBAN theatre company, KickstArt, walked away with three Naledi Awards in Johannesburg recently for their dark and brooding staging of Stephen Sondheim’s blood-drenched classic Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Meanwhile, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus in Durban, the company is hosting its first production of 2016, another iconic Stephen Sondheim production, the musical fairy tale parable for grown-ups: Into the Woods. Continue reading