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Comic-book comedy of homegrown superhero

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BLENDING IN: Mtho Zulu, Marc Kay and Adam Dore.

THE Actors Unemployed Company (AUC) is know for its comedic stage offerings and from today brings to the stage a fresh take on an old favourite, Super Mokoena.

Promising “you will meet the Man of Steel in a way you never have before”, a press release swears the audience will experience some “thrills, chills, spills, laughter, shadow puppets and bromance!”

“The show is the South African version of Superman,” explains writer and performer Marc Kay.

“We first did the show in 2006 and it toured the National Arts Festival where it sold out for three performances.

“The show has changed a lot since then. A lot of references have been re-written to be contemporary. Also, we’ve moved away from a physical style of theatre to shadow puppets and comic book-style. And we’ve cut the cast from six to three,” he explains.

Kay says Super Mokoena is a “comic-book comedy” and an uplifting and heart-warming tale of good-versus-evil.

“It’s a Superman story with one big difference – an asteroid hits him and he lands in Umlazi, Durban. He’s a white man and is adopted by black parents. If you are a fan of the comic, come along, you’ll love this!”

Super Mokoena features Kay, Adam Dore and Mtho Zulu. Clare Mortimer has directed with Bryan Hiles as the designer.

• Super Mokoena stages at Seabrookes Theatre (DHS) until April 13. Tickets are R95 at Computicket or the door. Performances at 7.30pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays and at 3pm on Sundays.

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