HERITAGE THEATRE: The Gee Jays (Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell) are back on stage with Don’t Tune Me – Ek Sê. The line-up will have you rolling in the aisles as well as remembering what you were doing when these tunes were being spun: Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie a Yellow Ribbon and I Can See Clearly Now, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Rhinestone Cowboy and more. The Gee Jays are backed by Andy Turrell (guitar), Jill Murray Brown (bass), Francois Hardy (drums) and directed by Calli Thomson on keyboards. Tickets: R195 Wednesday to Saturdays and R165 Tuesdays and Sunday matinee. All prices include a two-course meal. A show only option is R120. Bookings: 031 7654197.
PUMPKIN THEATRE: Catch the show-stopping Girls On Film. Experience memories from hits such as Chicago, Rock of Ages, Grease, Fame, Coyote Ugly, Mamma Mia, Wizard of Oz, Pretty Woman, Cats, Burlesque, The Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to name a few. Stars Lizaan Vermeulen, Danielle Fisher and Joanne Fisher Steyn, with dancing showgirls; Cathy Barry and Kaylee Aitken; and Paul Cassells Danny Fisher on vocals. Shows run Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Bookings: [email protected] or call 032 946 2121.
THE RHUMBELOW THEATRE: Platform Jazz, a Dixieland jazz band, with singer Shelley McLean, perform until Sunday. The band promises a varied programme with favourites such as Honeysuckle Rose, Tiger Rag, I’ve Got You under My skin, In the Mood, Pennsylvania 6500, Take 5, Almost Like being in Love, L.O.V.E and Hey Big Spender. The musos include Cathy “Hotlips” Peacock on trumpet, Ian “lightning fingers” Holloway on clarinet, Dunc “the Hunk” Wooldridge on trombone, Jono Judge on sax, Melvin “The Keys” Peters on keyboard, “Bashful” Bruce Baker on drums and Andreas “Bullfiddel” Kappen on double Bass. Bring picnic baskets. R100 at Computicket or call 031 205 7602.
SEABROOKE’S THEATRE: After critically acclaimed performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and Hilton Arts Festival, Thinkskin’s production of Callum’s Will is coming to Durban’s Seabrooke’s Theatre from January 29 until February 10. The show is written and directed by award-winning Durban actress Janna Ramos-Violante and stars Darren King and Clinton Small. Tickets are R80 and bookings can be made at 083 250 2690. Shows are Tuesdays to Sundays at 7.30pm.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: KickstArts’s Twitch, the world premiere of a new South African comedy by Robert Fridjhon, about two harassed couples in a bird hide over a birding weekend competition. Runs February 7 to 24. Stars Tim Wells, Lisa Bobbert, Jailoshini Naidoo and Iain Robinson. Directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, with lighting design by Tina le Roux. Shows 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm and 6pm Sunday. Tickets: R130, R100 pensioners, students. Valentine’s Gala Performance on February 14 for R200 each and patrons will receive complimentary sparkling wine and chocolate. All bookings at Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, and for early bird group bookings specials, contact Ailsa Windsor: 083 250 2690 or [email protected]
STABLE THEATRE: Inkonyane Engegama (The Calf With No Name) is a heart-warming children’s stage play that runs from February 12 to 16 daily at 10am. Cattle are an integral part of traditional Zulu culture, and status in a community is measured by the condition and number of livestock a family owns. Each animal is named and identified by its markings, and those that are pure white or black are usually given into the care of the king, who is regarded as the true custodian of these rare beasts. Now Durban-based production company Dizzy Dragonfly is set to educate youngsters about Nguni cattle through Inkonyane Engenegama. Created by award-winning writer Clinton Marius, the production is translated into Zulu and directed by Mpume Mthombeni. Tickets are R25, R20 for block bookings of 20 or more. To book or for more information call 031 309 2513.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Pieter-Dirk Uys has prepared four hours of performance choices in An Audience with Pieter-Dirk EISH! Every night will feature a different show of 90 minutes, because the audience decides what they want. It could be Evita Bezuidenhout as a new ANC cadre, or Nowell Fine celebrating 40 years in the public eye. Maybe a Malema in Gucci or chains, some Zumas, married or not, one or two Mandelas, a Tutu, a PW or a Pik. The show runs from February 26 to March 10, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets: R140 at Computicket.
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