TURNING POINT: The popular Bhagwan Gave Me This Life, starring Pranesh Maharaj, above, makes its way to Pietermaritzburg this week.

WINSTON CHURCHILL THEATRE (PMB): The Department of Arts and Culture in conjunction with Polart Productions presents Bhagwan Gave Me This Life, a play in Hindi, written and directed by Vivian Moodley. It runs from tomorrow to Sunday and is performed by Pranesh Maharaj. Set in 1981 in Inanda, the story is about a widower whom we meet at a turning point in his existence as he looks back on his life. It is suitable for all ages. Book at Computicket.

CATALINA THEATRE: For Better or Worse stages until Sunday. This Dingalings production centres on three generations of Indian women whose lives are intertwined by their marriages to three brothers. They are thrust together over a weekend when their husbands go on a fishing trip. What transpires threatens their relationships and marriages. Directed by comedian and actor Koobeshen Naidoo, the play features Kumseela Naidoo, Verushka Odayen and Madhu Maharaj. 8pm on Friday and Saturday, 6pm on Sunday. R100 at Computicket or call 031 837 5999. E-mail dingalings [email protected] for block bookings.

THE PLAYHOUSE: Classic ballet masterpieces performed to music by top French composers is what audiences will experience when the Crown of the Russian Ballet perform on May 20 and 21 at 7.30pm. The programme includes Camille Saint Saens’s Dying Swan, Jacques Brel’s Don’t Leave Me, Ravel’s Bolero, George Bizet’s one-act ballet Carmen and the pas de deux from Le Corsaire. R150 to R280 at Computicket.


ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: The production company KickstArt present the musical Annie from May 23 to June 15. The rags-to-riches story of everybody’s favourite orphan, Annie, features Lisa Bobbert as the hilariously villainous Miss Hannigan, Steven Stead as Miss Hannigan’s wicked brother, Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan; Iain “Ewok” Robinson as billionaire Daddy Warbucks; Jessica Sole as Grace Farrel, Daddy Warbucks’s secretary; and Belinda Henwood as Lily St Regis, Rooster’s rather trashy girlfriend. Sarah Donkin from uMhlanga and Berea’s Luca Tarboton join forces to play the darling red head. Greg King will create sets depicting New York City in the 1930s; Neil Stuart Harris is creating the costumes. Book at Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, or sold performances and early bird specials, contact Ailsa Windsor: 083 250 2690 or [email protected] gmail.com

CORNER CAFÉ: Join comedian Jem Atkins for a night of good clean fun, comedy entertainment… and Judd’s famous pizza… in Crazy Bingo on May 23 at 6.30pm for 7pm. This is Bingo like you’ve never seen it before with crazy rules, gags, music and maybe even a conga line or two. R120 includes Bingo and pizza. Book at 031 201 0219

MOZAMBIK (BALLITO): Join us for delicious Mozambican cuisine while enjoying a top-class show from three comedians – Gareth Woods (Cape Town), Richelieu B (Jhb) and Masood Boomgaard (Durban). 27 May. 8.30pm. R30. Bookings: 032 946 0979

CATALINA THEATRE, (Wilson’s Wharf): On Fire Comedy, in association with the Catalina Theatre, John Dory’s Restaurant and Spur, proudly presents – presents Whose Line?, the hilarious improv comedy show featuring four comedians. May 30. 10pm to 11.30pm. Join Carvin Goldstone, Jem Atkins, Arno Else and special guest Gareth Woods (Cape Town) as they make everything up on stage in the comedy show that has taken Durban by storm. It’s all about improv comedy games, audience participation, props and laugh-out-loud comedy mayhem made famous by the popular TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? R80 show only, R140 (dinner at John Dory’s or Spur beforehand) at Computicket. For more information, call 031 837 5999.

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