SIBAYA IZULU THEATRE: Marc Lottering headlines a feast of comedy that has been cooked up and is ready to be served to Durban comedy lovers on August 29, 30 and 31 at the Sibaya iZulu Theatre.
The first ever Curry Balls Comedy Jam will see the ever popular comedy giant Lottering, known for his numerous TV appearances, hilarious skit characters and shows From the Cape Flats with Love, Grootbek and others, share the stage with a cultural kaleidoscope of local comedy acts.
Durban’s best white, black, Indian, Muslim and coloured comedians will feature on one stage in a truly multicultural Durban comedy show which has never been done before. Curry Balls promises to be the most culturally funny show ever to hit Durban as comedians tell hilarious tales about living in Durban, from their own perspectives.
The comic explosion features radio jock Neville Pillay and alter ego Top Dan, Masood Boomgaard and the side-splittingly Neil Green, Jem Atkins and Liam E. Comedians will address stereotypes and the joys and aggravations of living in South Africa. Marc Lottering will be in top flight as he cooks up a buffet of laughter. Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite.
NMJ HALL, MORNINGSIDE: Some of South Africa’s funniest Muslim stand-up comedians are coming together to bring you a side-splittingly funny “haha-laal” comedy adventure, Make Salaam and Laugh on Friday. The production features comedy and TV veteran Afzal Khan, columnist and observational comedian Masood Boomgaard and comedian Simmi Areff who rose to prominence as the opening act to Riaad Moosa. Show starts at 8pm and tickets are available at Computicket.
THE BARNYARD THEATRE: Born To Be Wild is a tribute to the wildest rock stars and rock anthems. It runs until August 31. The show covers 60 years of music as it rediscovers rock classics. Tickets are R145 from Wednesday to Saturday, with discounted specials of R110 every Tuesday night and R100 for the Sunday matinee. For bookings and enquiries, phone the theatre at 031 566 3045 or visit www.barnyard theatres.co.za/gateway. For further information e-mail [email protected]
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: From the company that brought Durban the dark and smouldering grown-up musical, Cabaret, comes Sweeney Todd. This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, features one of the greatest music theatre scores ever written. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who notoriously murdered his clients in his barber’s chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour and partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into meat pies. This KickstArt production stars Jason Ralph in the title role, and local favourite Charon Williams-Ros as Mrs Lovett. Others in the cast include Lyle Buxton, Sanli Jooste, Bryan Hiles, Richard Salmon, Danilo Antonelli, Liesl Coppin and Darren King. Directed by Steven Stead, with set designs by Greg King. Shows runs until August 24. Bookings at Computicket.
THE PLAYHOUSE: The 18th South African Women’s Arts Festival in Durban this month offers a veritable feast of drama, dance, music and entertainment. The festival runs from August 22 to 31. It comprises a mouthwatering mix of stage productions, dance dramas, a poetry slam, musical entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitions and children’s theatre – all of which will focus on the role of women in our country and the impact women make in our new democracy. Shades, written by Sharman Macdonald, directed by Ralph Lawson, starring Lisa Bobbert; a memorable gala concert; From Then ‘Til Now – which is Mark Hawkin’s presentation to commemorate the two decades of South Africa’s historic democracy; the annual Intergenerational Women’s Dialogue; a Poetry Slam and Open Mic session; an Arts and Craft exhibition; Beyond the Big Bangs, a new comedy drama by award-winning playwright, Ashwin Singh; and more are on offer. Single ticket bookings through the Playhouse box office at 031 369 9540 / 031 369 9596 (office hours) or Computicket. Block bookings are available and preferential rates. For more or to make a block booking, contact the Women’s Festival hotline at 031 369 9456 or e-mail [email protected] playhousecompany.com
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