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SEABROOKE'S THEATRE OPENS (article first published : 2007-05-7)

Fanfares are anticipated for the long-awaited new Seabrooke's Theatre which opens its doors at Durban High School this month. The air-conditioned 120-seat facility will officially open with a cocktail function for invited guests, VIP's and dignitaries on May 17.

To mark the occasion of Seabrooke's Theatre opening, a three-day festival will be held from May 18 to 20, to coincide with DHS's Derby rugby match against Westville Boys High School. The festival is unique in that all the productions to be presented are by DHS Old Boys.

DHS has long been associated with a strong culture of promoting the arts. Many Old Boys have become famous in their own right - apart from the auspicious line up for the festival, these include Noel Langley(who penned the original screenplay for The Wizard of Oz and many others), Robert Kirby, John Vlismas, Chris and Tim Wells and Roy Campbell to name but a few.

On May 18 at 19h30, Cokey Falkow promises to provide much hilarious insight into the human condition, the madness of interpersonal relationships, and what makes us tick in his highly popular show, Odd Man Out. Cokey Falkow takes no prisoners and has no sacred cows so beware, but come and enjoy a good laugh.

On May 19 at 10h00, Bryan Hiles is set to entertain with his Grandpa Grump and the Magical Junk Shop. In this delightful one-hour show for kids (voted Best Children's Show at Musho 2006), Grandpa Grump discovers he has lost his spectacles, false teeth, and worst of all, his imagination. The children in the audience embark on a magical journey to find all three in his quest also to find Molly the Rag Doll.

Next up at the Seabrook on May 19, following the much-anticipated clash at 15h00 between the first XV rugby teams of DHS and Westville Boys High, is Neil Coppen's much-praised Tin Bucket Drum. This enchanting tale is told by weaving together elements of magical realism, shadow play, mime and live percussion. Voted "Audience choice for best production" Musho Festival 2007, it is directed by Karen Logan, and performed by Ntando Cele with percussion by Wake Mahloba.

The festival continues on May 20 at 14h30 with a music extravaganza presented by Colin Penn, entitled Glen Miller in Concert with Ella Fitzgerald. Rounding off the festival's high-octane entertainment programme is Tokoloshe Come and Go. Presented at 18h00, this hour-long celebration of African storytelling, madness and mayhem is written, directed and performed by Liam Magner and Jacobus Van Heerden.

Tickets R50 for the evening shows (R30 for the morning performance). Bookings can be made through Strictlytickets@webmail.co.za or 082 553 5903. For general enquiries contact Shaun Gray on 031 277 1500. Tickets will also be available at the door.




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