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THANK YOU VERY MUCH (article first published : 2006-03-9)

Following the success of Uncut – The Penis Monologues, which toured South Africa, and the New Age romp, Guru, which received a Durban Theatre Award Nomination for Best New South African Script, Durban actor-writer Clinton Marius returns with an hilarious new one-man comedy, Thank You Very Much, presented by Copy Dog Productions in association with the Playhouse Company.

The current obsession with stardom, Hollywood and the myriad of awards the rich and famous heap upon themselves, are all subjects of laughter in this biting satire, which runs in the Playhouse Loft from April 29 to May 16.

Clinton Marius takes a swipe at the cult of the celebrity, lampooning a wide range of characters that includes Paris Hilton, George Michael, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Farrell, Tina Turner, Cher, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Charlize Theron, Ruby Wax, Angeline Jolie, Ellen Degeneres and Nicole Kidman among others.

Presented in the same format as the Oscars, Thank You Very Much includes comedy, dance and parodies of several famous songs.

A large component of the show is a visually spectacular multi-media presentation prepared in association with several top final year students from the Durban Institute of Technology’s Television School. These filmed inserts have been commissioned by the producers of Thank You Very Much, and will form part of the students’ required projects for the year.

This collaboration with the Durban Institute of Technology is an exciting venture, whereby cream of the crop students will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the public arena. This will give them the chance to work in the industry and to have their talents recognized by a wider audience.

Thank You Very Much is directed by Caroline Smart, who brings to the production years of experience in the field of comedy. This show marks the third time that Clinton Marius and Caroline Smart have collaborated, the previous production being Guru, and before that, Clinton Marius’ dark bilingual drama, Vergissmeinnicht, which was well received in Grahamstown.

With so many people opting to stay home and watch movies on TV rather than going out to the theatre, the show’s producers are pleased to inform patrons that they can now support live theatre AND watch movies at the same time!

Thank You Very Much runs in the Playhouse Loft from April 29 to May 16. Booking is at Computicket.




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