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THE ADVENTURES OF BUBBLE THE CLOWN (article first published : 2006-12-2)

After its first appearance in the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom last year under the title A Circus Adventure, Sue Clarence Promotions and director Anthony Stonier have re-worked the show and now present it as The Adventures of Bubble the Clown. This has now settled in at the Catalina Theatre to run until December 31.

The Catalina is a far better-suited venue for this light-hearted romp which features the amiable Rowan Bartlett as Bubble the Clown and Julia Clarence, looking delightful in a frothy blue concoction, as his friend Princess Bambi.

The show starts off with a cacophony of noise which took me by surprise until I remembered that itís a noisy fireworks night that frightens Tamil the talking tiger into running away. I was very happy to see the script included strong reminders to children of the effects that fireworks can have on animals. There were also pertinent remarks about the danger of youngsters using fireworks without adult supervision. What better way to educate young people than through entertainment?

The show deals with Bubble and Bambiís escapades as they set off to look for Tamil. After making a brief appearance at the beginning of the show as Tamil, Dylan Edy plays a wandering minstrel, Bruno, who falls in love with Bambi - much to Bubbleís intense despair.

Anthony Stonier has drawn much humour from his cast and there is a hilarious dance-off between the rivals for Bambiís affection, culminating in a balloon sword fight!

I canít say that the cast will win any awards for their singing ability but this didnít deter the enjoyment of the enthusiastic young audience. The 50 minute-long show is suitable for children under ten and even the tinies in the audience were fascinated. Special mention must be made of curly-headed Jessica Jolley, daughter of arts publicist Sharlene Versfeld, who was a more than willing volunteer and took to the stage like a pro. Watch out for this scene stealer!

Special lucky prize winners will get to win a balloon animal or a beautifully painted face.

Tickets R45 include a boat ride around Durban harbour after the show and a festive goodie bag (R30 show only). Performances at 11h00 daily (except Mondays).

The Adventures of Bubble The Clown runs at Catalina Theatre in Wilsonís Wharf until December 31. Bookings through Thandeka on 031 305 6889 or Sue Clarence on 082 882 9869.

Tickets for Catalina Theatre and Kwasuka Theatre are now available online at www.strictlytickets.com or www.catalinatheatre.co.za or through www.goingplacessa.co.za / www.goingplacessa.com Ė Caroline Smart




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