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THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA (article first published : 2007-06-29)

Durbanís beautiful Botanic Gardenís will host The Princess And The Pea during the July Holidays. Running from June 29 to July 14, this charming comedy for children will be staged by the Actors Co-operative daily at 11h00.

Scripted by Lifetime Smart Award-winner Garth Anderson, and scintillatingly performed by the cream of Durbanís young theatre stars, The Princess and the Pea runs for 90 minutes and contains all the best elements of traditional childrenís theatre.

Abuzz with larger than life colourful characters, comedy, dance, song, audience participation and a colouring-in competition - with prizes for each and every child - the play follows in the tradition of the Co-opís other exciting offerings for young people. Acknowledged leaders in the field of childrenís entertainment, the Co-opís previous productions include Hansel and Gretel, The Emperorís New Clothes, Tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen in Africa, A Doggyís Tale, The Minerva Children, Katinka Kat, Izinganekwane Story Theatre, Krazy Kipling Kapers and Brer Rabbit and Friends all of which have played packed July holiday audiences for well over a decade.

The Princess and the Pea is performed by Raeesa Abdul Karrim, winner of this yearís Fools Award for Best Newcomer, ably supported by Rory Booth, who played leads in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Umoya Wezihlahla. Completing the cast are Loyiso MacDonald and Danville Ross, both last seen at Sibayaís Tata Machance.

An exciting addition to the production is the skilful use of four life-size puppets playing the leads. These loveable characters, instant heart-stealers, have been expertly created by Wendy Henstock, whose delicate work on the fascinating sculptures in The Road to Mecca has been highly praised.

The Princess and the Pea will be performed Mondays to Saturdays at 11h00 in the Curatorís Garden on the St Thomasí Road side of Botanic Gardens. A colouring-in competition is held before the show, so families are advised to arrive early. Rugs, picnic blankets and cushions should be brought to this delightful al fresco entertainment. Tickets are available an hour before each performance, or on the Actors Co-operativeís 24 hour Booking Line 084 422 1 422.




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