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MAIN OUíS ARE BACK! (article first published : 2007-07-30)

After a highly successful sold-out season in July at the Catalina Theatre, Hamish Kyd and Gail Snyman return for another season of their Main Ouís double bill of two one act comedy-plays.

Main Ouís explores issues of identity and what it means to be a Coloured person in Durban. Hamish Kyd and Gail Snyman are two veteran Durban theatre personalities and community activists who have previously staged work which focuses on issues and identity with specific reference to Durbanís Coloured community.

Gailís play is based on her own experiences in Wentworth and Merebank and at times she plays herself and her mother. The play opens as Gail awaits the movers to take her belongings away from the home she has shared with her now-estranged husband. After 32 years, she has finally uttered the words ďThatís it! I have had enough!Ē In the midst of packing and preparing for a new life, she wanders down memory lane as her thoughts dwell in the past.

Written and performed by Hamish Kyd, Knowing You, Knowing Me starts off with Lenny Stalk (Hamish) communicating with his god. His son, Otis, who Lenny has brought up single-handedly has turned out to be gay and Lenny is frantic to ďun-gayĒ him. In this poignant comedy of a practical welder father trying to make sense of his fashionably creative son, Hamishís distinctive sense of humour and empathy for the human spirit is very much to the fore. Hamish Kyd is well-known in stand-up comedy circles as Professor Gopal. He has also put together the latest Lotus fm late-night comedy drama Ė Muti which offers a comical look at witchcraft.

Main Ouís runs at Catalina Theatre on Wilsonís Wharf from August 14 to 19 nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20h00 (Sundays at 18h00) with no show on Mondays. Tickets R60 (R30 pensioners and students). Bookings or more information on 031 305 6889.




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