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POPCORN (article first published : 2006-04-15)

KickstArt is reviving Ben Elton’s blood-soaked comedy-thriller, Popcorn, this time for the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in May.

Popcorn returns to Durban six years after its original smash-hit, sell–out season at the Kwasuka. This massively popular play is written by British comedian Ben Elton, the mastermind behind TV’s Blackadder, The Young Ones and The Thin Blue Line; best-selling novels including Dead Famous, Inconceivable and Post Mortem and most recently the West-End stage Queen show - We Will Rock You – which comes to South Africa later this year.

This production of Popcorn stars Gauteng actor Graham Clarke (making a rare visit to Durban) and re–unites Michael Gritten and Belinda Henwood in their original award–winning roles as “The Mall Murderers”. It also features Durban’s irrepressible Lisa Bobbert as Bruce’s wife, as well as Josette Eales, Clare Mortimer; Peter Court and Jacobus van Heerden.

It’s Oscar’s night in Hollywood and Tarantino–styled stud, Bruce Delamitri (Graham Clarke) has just won Best Director for his latest movie packed with gratuitous sex and violence.

Wayne (Michael Gritten) and Scout (Belinda Henwood) are two real–life, low–life, trailer-trash killers… and they’re Bruce’s greatest fans. They’ve come up with a plan that will excuse their latest killing rampage, if only they can get his attention! But Bruce has an Oscar in one hand, a delectable Playboy bunny (Clare Mortimer) in the other, and his ex–star, super–bitch wife (Lisa Bobbert) is beating down the door of his Beverley Hills penthouse. It had better be a damn good plan!

Popcorn is produced by Greg King and Steven Stead from KickstArt. Direction and design is once again by KickstArt’s visionary Greg King; costumes are by Durban fashion guru Terrence Bray and lighting by Mike Broderick.

Performances from May 3 to 21 from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 (Sundays at 18h00). Tickets R85 (R65 pensioners and students). Book at Computicket.




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