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SEABROOKES THEATRE: Durban High School’s Seabrooke’s Theatre will start the year with Thinskin’s production of Callum’s Will, written and directed by Janna Ramos-Violante and starring Darren King and Clinton Small. The show runs until Sunday at 7.30pm daily. Callum’s Will, set in London in the early 1990s, takes the audience on an almost filmic experience as the unlikely relationship of the two male characters evolves from an awkward first encounter to a deep, lasting friendship which neither expects or understands. Sometimes in life friendships choose us. Tickets: R80, call 083 250 2690.
BARNYARD THEATRE: You get the ultimate beach party experience in Surf’s Up, running until March 3. Surf’s Up will sail you to exotic musical destinations such as Jamaica, where you can dance the night away to the sounds of Bob Marley and UB40. Then head to California for the sounds of The Beach Boys, and on to Miami with bikini girls Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow. Let’s not forget the South African beach party with the magic of Mango Groove. Tickets: R140 from Wednesday to Saturday, R105 every Tuesday night and R95 for Sunday matinee. For bookings, call 031 566 3045.
HERITAGE THEATRE: Back by popular demand for its fourth season is The Jazz Singer – a tribute to Neil Diamond. Featuring a host of Diamond’s hits, the show features Barry Thompson, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew and Shaun Draght. It will be fronted by Grant Bell of The Gee Jays. Keyboards and musical direction is by Dawn Selby. Ends February 24. Book by calling 031 765 4197. Tickets, which include a two-course meal, are R195 Wednesday to Saturday and R165 for Sunday lunch.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: KickstArt’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 Thursday to February 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. Patrons will receive sparkling wine and chocolate. All bookings at Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, and for early bird group booking specials, call Ailsa Windsor at 083 250 2690 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
RHUMBELOW THEATRE: Suspects of Love (aka Aspects of Love) featuring Derek Pearce, Greg Baptie, Roland Stansell and Alan Quihampton is a comical lip-sync drag show that looks at the ups and downs of love. The Family Players’ show stages from February 14 to 17. The Valentine’s Day show is at 7.30pm, with the February 15 and 16 shows at 8pm, and the 17th at 2pm. Venue opens 90 minutes before the show for picnic dinner. Cash bar available. People are invited to show their support of the One Billion Rising campaign by wearing black, with a splash of red, on Valentine’s Day. Tickets: R100 at Computicket or call 031 205 7602. Not a show for the die-hard romantic.
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. Runs February 26 to March 10, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets: R140 at Computicket.
SUNCOAST CASINO, Cine Centre Supernova: The Dingalings return with their adult comedy show Dingum on March 1 at 8pm, March 2 at 5pm and 9.15pm and March 3 at 6pm. The show features funnymen Henry Ramkissoon, Koobeshen Naidoo, Senzo Mthethwa , Pranesh Maharaj, Ndil Green and Neville Pillay. No under-18s.
SIBAYA CASINO: Braz Ouz in Concert is a show of comedy and songs that stages on March 8 and 9. Mervyn Pillay plays host and ringmaster, spicing the show up with diverse entertainers. Braz Ouz (male friends) is a typical Durban term of endearment, hence the title of the show. The Braz Ouz are comedian and entertainer Mervyn Pillay, singer and musician Lendel Moonsamy (of Idols fame), actor and comedian Arnotte Payne, singer Darrius Pillay and comedian Anesh Dasrath. Book at Computicket. No under-16s.
STABLE THEATRE: Inkonyane Engegama (The Calf With No Name), a heart-warming new children’s stage play, runs from March 12 to 16 daily at 10am. Created by award-winning writer Clinton Marius, the production is translated into Zulu and directed by Mpume Mthombeni. The story traces the journey a Zulu boy must take to set right a wrong he has committed. Features Sifiso Cele, Musa Ntuli, Noluthando Kubeka and Qaphela Makhoba. Tickets: R25, R20 a person for block bookings of 20 or more. Call 031 309 2513.
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