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KING KONG (article first published : 2000-12-1)

In 1933 Hollywood script writers Edgar Wallace and Merian Cooper took the immortal French novel of King Kong and they turned it into a movie script that was to set a classic standard in science fiction movie making history.

But what was it like pitching this “monstrous” script to powerful Hollywood producers? In Aldo Brincat's King Kong audiences see these two script writers waiting for a supportive troupe of actors, who will assist them by acting out the script to a powerful and impatient producer.

Unfortunately, the actors never arrive and the passionate script writers have to pitch and convince the producer that the story of King Kong will be a smash hit, all on their own.

Hence the chaos begins. Much merriment follows these two brave men as they pull out all the stops. Acting their hearts out, they play not only all the lead rolls, but also the inhabitants on Black Death Island, the sacrificial virgins, the people of New York, the air force and even Kong himself.

If you have ever believed in something so much you just won't take no for an answer, and you need a heart felt laugh, then this is just the thing to round off the year. The two lead roles are played by Michael Gritten this year's FNB Vita Award winner for best actor (Popcorn) and Aldo Brincat. Direction is by Peter Court.

King Kong is suitable for the entire family and runs at Kwasuka Theatre from December 4 to 24. Two performances daily, Tuesdays to Saturdays 10h00 and 19h30. Tickets are R23. For block bookings call 083 292 5324.




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