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NEW SUBURBIA (article first published : 2008-08-2)

Ashwin Singh, Hamish Kyd and Dhaveshan Govender have written a new sketch-based topical new comedy show in which they also appear. This comes to the iZulu Theatre and the Catalina Theatre in August.

New Suburbia offers a series of delicious skits and stand-up looks at a group of Indian and Coloured people who have moved to former White suburbs. From the entertaining philosophies of Prof Gopal and Uncle Johnny to the misadventures of copyright cop, Buzz Moodley to the eccentric memoirs of Rikesh and his days at “Old Trafford”, the show features a kaleidoscope of memorable characters which everyone will recognize.

Having previously written and produced several dramatic and comedy shows, Ashwin Singh and Hamish Kyd decided that it would be relevant and entertaining to construct and mount a sketch-based comedy and stand-up show which examined the lives of Indian and Coloured people who had moved to formerly all-White suburbs. Indian and Coloured people have made significant contribution to the evolution of this province and have a rich and diverse culture.

“We also believe that there are many authentic and colourful characters in these communities, several of whom feature in this show,” they say. “It is also well-known that the Indian and Coloured communities are the biggest supporters of theatre and comedy shows in this province.”

Hence the creation of New Suburbia, which also incorporates some of the clever writings of Dhaveshan Govender and the diverse performance skills of Shika Budhoo. An added bonus will be short animation features by internationally award-winning cartoonist Nanda Sooben and his team of second-year students at his renowned college, The Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design. This project has become a course requirement in order for the students to complete their examinations. The animated features will be used as a linking device as well as stand-alone features.

New Suburbia runs in the iZulu Theatre from July 31 to August 3 and again on August 9 and 10. Thereafter it moves to Catalina Theatre where it runs from August 19 to September 7.

Bookings for Sibaya through Computicket or Sibaya Box-Office on 031 580 5555. Bookings for Catalina is on 031 305 6889. Shows nightly from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sunday at 18h00).




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