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SLEEPING BEAUTY (article first published : 2006-07-14)

Meet King Henry the Nunth (Ninth) and his bossy wife, Queen Mona the Only, who own homes all over the world - including a palace in Musgrave. Their perfect world is marred by the fact that they don’t have a child. However, one day a daughter is born to them and they call her Princess Aurora.

Add to this trio a motley crew of courtiers and fairies and you’ve got the perfect holiday entertainment for young and old alike at the Durban Botanic Gardens where Garth Anderson’s Actor’s Co-Operative is presenting a charming season of Sleeping Beauty until Saturday.

The narrator of the show is one Pippin played by Clinton Small who was battling with a bad throat in this open-air venue which is charming but a major challenge for actors’ voices. Pippin has been in love with the Princess Aurora (an endearing Mihlayenkosi Magagula) for over a hundred years and it doesn’t look as if she feels the same way for him.

Eduan Bothma and Raeesa Abdul-Karrim play the royal parents as well as a host of other delightful characters including palace guards and washerwomen while Rory Booth is an energetic Prince Charming. In an array of attractive costumes, the cast of five launches into a lively rendition of the classic European fairy tale – placing it fairly and squarely in Africa through the script and a puppet named Dora! There is a hilarious range of Wise Women … including Dora.

In a climate where the world seems locked into soccer, and sport in general, one of the most heartwarming moments of this morning’s performance was to see the spontaneous and excited response from children (the future audience for theatre) as they rushed towards the stage to take part in the action at the slightest invitation. Even the smallest tots just teetering on newly-found legs were there with the crowd, pretending to be trees in a magic forest or proudly waving a programme they had coloured in for the competition.

Directed jointly by Garth Anderson and Bryan Hiles, Sleeping Beauty has a delightful and very amusing script and forms part of the Actor’s Co-Op’s Izinganekwane Story Theatre series.

There are two more performances at 11h00 tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets R30 at the door (R25 children and pensioners). – Caroline Smart




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