• 'Faust' comes to Seabrooke's

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    The Actors Unemployed Company is proud to premiere a new one-act thriller “Faust” at the Seabrooke’s Theatre 18 - 24 August 2014.

  • A Froggie Fairytale at the Rhumbelow

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    School Holiday Theatre: The classic tale of the 'Frog Prince' as you’ve never heard it before comes to the Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban 5-11 October 2015

  • Audition: Soldiers in the City – Young Performers Durban

     

    This year the PANSA Young Performers project funded by the KZN Dept of Arts & Culture and Rainbow is presenting a new homegrown work created by Themi Venturas and Iain “Ewok” Robinson which engages with the new urban culture’ that is emerging in South Africa’s towns and cities: a new youth culture that includes slam poetry, urban dance, music and public artworks like graffiti much like the STEP UP movies. Auditions: 18 April - Glenwood Boys High School from 9am – 5 pm (for Durban schools); 19 April - Hexagon Theatre from 9am – 5pm (for Pmb / Midlands schools)

  • Burn the Floor: Sizzling Stuff!

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    The joy of watching serious professionals at play is in the level of expertise they bring to their genre. In ‘Burn the Floor’, 13 dancers, from a number of countries, including South Africa, take the thrill of ballroom dancing to a fever pitch of high energy and excitement. Dressed to kill, the accomplished dancers move through a series of crackling routines, given a theatrical context and sustained by simple, effective scenery, clever lighting and live singers. ‘Burn the Floor’ lives up to its phenomenal reputation!

  • Children’s theatre festival at Durban’s Catalina Theatre

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    Catalina Theatre (Wilson's Wharf) launched Durban’s very first festival of children’s plays earlier this week with a number of productions by local theatre practitioners geared to entertaining the kids during the holidays.  The Durban Children’s Theatre Festival offers theatre –giving audiences a wide variety of shows, enhancing the holiday mood with boat rides, meals and free popcorn as part of the package

  • Children’s Theatre Review: The Princess and the Frog – a magical play for kids

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    Durban’s Catalina Theatre bustles with children during the holiday season. ‘The Princess and the Frog’ takes on a fresh perspective as director Sandy Bigara sets the well-known tale in fairyland and adds a number of interesting characters. The production features a cast of enthusiastic young actors and actresses, a colourful set and some really stunning music

  • Do you know where your money goes?

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    Careful management of your money is essential. It’s all too easy to splurge and then have nothing left. This is currently being highlighted in a theatrical piece entitled ‘All Gone’ featuring Bongani  Mbatha, written in collaboration with Thami Sikhosana; as well as the sixth edition of ‘Know Your Money’/ ‘Yazi Imali Yakho’ published by the KZN Financial Literacy Association (Pic: Sanoosha Badul and Shekhar Mahabeer with 6th Edition of Know Your Money (left); Bongani Mbatha in 'All Gone' (right))

  • Durban Theatre Review: The Art of Being Ugly

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    If anyone knows about the douleurs of playing dames it’s Darren King and Anthony Stonier, Durban’s most devoted divas and most popular players of the genre. They combine good looks, song and dance-in-high-heels skills, dress-up flair and are both actors with serious credibility in terms of the work they do out of panto-drag. To see them squeezed into outrageously uncomfortable costumes, with acres of petticoats, nipped in waists, bolstered bosoms, mutton leg sleeves and six foot high head gear is to gasp in admiration. And,  when they show off those admirable legs and nicely toned arms, many a middle-aged lady in the audience feels a twinge of vengeful jealousy

  • Durban Theatre Review: The Sound of Music at the Playhouse Opera Theatre is simply sublime

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    It’s the charm of ‘The Sound of Music’ that has been so successfully captured by The Playhouse Company’s production currently showing at the complex’s Opera Theatre. While the music and story are well known to many generations, if well done, they translate into a wonderful evening of beautiful escapism borne on the wings of songs. It is a production with scope and this too has been masterfully achieved by Director Ralph Lawson and his team of experts

  • Durban's Adult Panto With A Bite

    14 Nov - 30 Dec: Dracula is this year's ault festive treat at Club Altitude, Silver Avenue, Stamford Hill, Durban. Performances Tues to Sat 7:30pm

  • Ewok flies Solo at Seabrooke’s Theatre

    Slam poet and grafitti artiste EWOK aka Iain Robinson

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    SLAM SOLO, an evening with an Ewok, one night only...Thursday 25 September 7:30pm 

  • Family panto review: Aladdin – polished perfection

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    The multi-award winning Kickstart team is not resting on its laurels. Each year, they give their audiences a magical theatre experience with all the bells and whistles, setting an exceptional standard and delivering on all fronts. The hushed eagerness with which moms, littlies, grannies and even dads await the rise of the curtain is tangible and from that time to the final curtain call, it’s pure sparkle and shine all the way! 

  • Festive Season Pantomime: KickstArt’s Puss in Boots at the Sneddon

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    Oh what a rollicking fun-packed show this year’s pantomime is! The KickstArt team have been at it again, re-creating a classic panto story with magnificent sets, slick song-and dance routines, colourful costumes and loads of theatrical surprises. ‘Puss in Boots’ moves at a cracking good pace and the time just flies by as we are drawn into its fabulous fantasy world.    Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban until 10 Jan 2016

  • GPSA Musical Review: Snoopy!!! - the Musical

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    Somewhere under the rainbow a dog relaxes on top of his kennel dreaming of fame and fortune, bright lights and heroics. He is surrounded by a bunch of kids, their personalities as varied as the rainbow spectrum, their obsessions, complexes and joys innocent of censure. As the curtain rises on Snoopy!!!, the musical based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, there’s the thrill of knowing that a well-constructed script, rich with jazz-imbued songs and intelligent lyrics, is being handled by Durban’s award winning KickstArt team. What to do but sit back and enjoy?

  • Into the Woods: An Impeccable KickstArt production

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    If you go into the woods today….you will be taken on a full scale adventure where the folk tales of your childhood will be beautifully and tunefully mangled. All the beloved characters that people the stuff of day dreams and nightmares come alive in the glades and dells and shadows of the woods, and, led by their unfulfilled desires, they learn the price of wanting. Every thought expresses a desire, every desire leads to an action and every action has its consequence. The stern moral lessons hidden in the stuff of fantasy and magic are taught, and, for many, the outcome is death. Skilfully plaiting the strands of several story lines as old as the hills into a contemporary folk tale, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods offers a journey well worth taking…..

  • JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: SUPERB IN EVERY WAY!

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    Kickstart’s production of David Wood’s dramatisation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach opens a rare and exciting treasure trove of magical theatre for children. Exploring a huge range of theatrical techniques, Greg King’s meticulously envisioned and materialised production keeps youngsters riveted with enchanting scenes packed with surprises to delight the senses  (Photos by Val Adamson (from left): Belinda Henwood as evil Aunt Sponge; Bryan Hiles as James & Clare Mortimer as evil Aunt Spiker)

  • JOMBA! 2014 – A witness to beauty and power

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    The Centre for Creative Arts 16th Jomba! Festival started at UKZN’s Sneddon Theatre (Howard College Campus, Durban) with a memorable and profound experience. Not only did we listen to festival instigator and artistic director Lliane Loots say what is on every one’s mind regarding the paucity of funding for artists and specifically for dance companies, but we experienced, with mind-numbing clarity, the way in which art serves us as human beings. The exquisite performance of 'Beautiful Us' and 'Dominion' from Joburg-based Vuyani Dance Theatre reminded us that when contemporary dance is at its best it is truly a universal language that speaks to the heart.

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  • KickstArt's 'Sweeney Todd': A Dark Triumph

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    Sweeney Todd (Jason Ralph) realizes the true identity of the beggar woman (Katy Moore) whom he has just murdered

    A super-moon rose over the eastern seaboard, a shower of meteorites fell in the heavens and an extraordinary event took place in Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Sweeney Todd, a triumph of technical and artistic skill, realised by our premiere theatre company KickstArt. This fascinatingly gruesome Victorian melodrama unfolded like a dark flower, petal by bloody petal, and swept us all on the tide of its rampant energies

  • Laghu Hari Das’ bond with puppetry

    Laghu Hari Das is performing at the Catalina Theatre in Durban 9 and 11 Oct 2014

     

    Laghu Haris Das attended Art School in Bloemfontein and at that early stage he had already developed a passion for marionettes. As the school did not offer three dimensional work he studied sculpture at the then Technikon, developing a penchant for creating mobile art works from whatever materials he found. Laghu recently moved to Durban and teamed up with his close friend, ecologist Joe West; they have formed an association geared to delivering the important eco message to school learners through puppetry and storytelling