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THE PLAYHOUSE: The Garden Boy, a musical of pain and struggle, stages Friday and Saturday at noon and 6pm. It tells the story of a young man whose father was brutally killed during politically tense times. The incident sees young Sizwe’s life spiral into abuse, trauma and gangsterism as he seeks to avenge his father’s murder. What will be the outcome of this young man’s life? Directed by Jabu Xulu, starring Khaya Ngema. R40, R20 for pupils or groups of more than 10.
THE HERITAGE THEATRE: It’s time to don your cowboy hats, boots, denim jeans and checked shirts and take a trip down Country Roads until October 13. Expect songs like Grandma’s Feather Bed, Achy Breaky Heart, Islands in The Stream, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, All Summer Long, Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Rock This Country, What The Cowgirls Do and I Will Wait. R195 Wednesday to Saturday, R165 Tuesday night and Sunday matinee and a two-course meal. Show-only option R120. Bookings: 031 765 4197.
BAT CENTRE: The Young Basadzi Women of Poetry meet every Thursday. Experience the world of rhythm and poetry through the eyes of women. This venture is a platform where women share their thoughts and ideas, and communicate their pain, frustration, aspirations and resolutions while putting it all down on paper and in the spoken word. 5.30pm. Free. Call 031 332 0451.
RIVETS BAR: Catch Thursday Live! at the Rivets Bar (Hilton Hotel) every Thursday. The venue hosts a number of Durban’s comedians as well as touring and live music acts, at 8pm. To book a table call 031 336 8100.
DUT COURTYARD THEATRE: The Durban University of Technology’s Annual Season of Contemporary Dance presents Mr Mom until Friday. The production is inspired by the world’s fast-changing socio-economic dynamics. This piece attempts to debunk primitive social structures based largely on the physical capabilities of the two sexes. It involves all second and third-year theatre dance specialists and showcases five new works by Durban choreographers Mdu Mtshali, Mlekeleli Khuzwayo, Vusi Makhanya and Sifiso Majola, with the programme co-ordinated and directed by Mtshali and a concept by Nellie Ngcongo. 7pm. Bookings: 031 373 2194.
AMSTERDAM BAR, Durban: Amsterdam Comedy Club takes place tomorrow at 8.30pm. The first Wednesday of every month features top comedy acts setting fire to the mic. This month your host is Liam E Johns, the headline act is Glen Bo and the support act for the night is Venessa Morton. Also featuring Arno Else and Matty Needham. R30. For more information or to book, call 031 811 5449.
HEXAGON THEATRE, PMB: KickstArt present a revival of their production of Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell. Thursday to Saturday. Go on an adventure with Shirley, everyone’s favourite housewife. Lisa Bobbert reprises her 2008 role as the bored housewife who flees the nest. Book at Computicket. Block bookings: Ailsa Windsor at 083 250 2690.
RHUMBELOW THEATRE, DURBAN: The Ultimate Variety Show with The Family Players runs weekends from Friday to October 13 . Expect music, opera, comedy drag, magic, singing and dancing. Performers include Belinda Dolphin, Roland Stansell, Derek Pearce, Greg Baptie, Charel Haasbroek, Doug Weich and Trevor Gandy. R100 – less 25 percent for pensioners and tables of eight or more (first weekend only) – at Computicket or call 031 205 7602.
RHUMBELOW THEATRE, DURBAN: WISH – Women in Singing Harmony, an initiative of Durban performer Shelley McLean – hold their showcase on October 20 at 2pm and 6.30pm. The initiative is a vocal class offered to women who have a “song in their hearts”. McLean identified a gap in the music world for people who loved to sing at school or university, but find themselves without an outlet for their passion. She decided to head a vocal class that would enable singers to learn more about the technical aspects of singing and explore the delights of singing in harmony, while increasing their repertoire. R75, with R15 going to Childline. Book at Computicket or call 031 205 7602.
RHUMBELOW THEATRE, PMB: The Glitter Girls: Reunion of ’89 sees Lisa Bobbert, Liesl Coppin and Marion Loudon take the audience on a trip through some of the greatest hits. The Berlin Wall… Spandex… Dallas… 1989 was a special year. But now these three girls have to go back. Back to neon, back to big hair and back to Skolliesville High. The school is having a 20-year reunion and that means the Glitter Girls are going to relive their greatest triumphs and heartbreaks at the reunion of the century. All the hits, all the boys (and a few crazy characters), all from the past... and where they are today. With songs from Madonna, Rihanna, Pink, Bananarama, even Alison Moyet and Bonnie Tyler. In Pietermaritzburg on October 20, and at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban weekends from October 25 to November 3. R100 at Computicket or call 031 205 7602.
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