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BULIMIA BLUES (article first published : 2001-08-31)

Bulimia Blues is a new comedy drama written by Heather Barclay-Whiffin and directed by Peter Court shortly to be seen at the DuMarc Cabaret Festival at Unit 6, The Venue. Heather also appears in the show with Caroline Smart and Anthony Stonier.

Well-known for her appearances in the Playhouse Cellar’s successful series of adult pantomimes, Heather has produced a light-hearted yet in-depth look at some very serious subjects including love, men, marriage, alcohol, food … and mothers!

Her flair for comedy results in an entertaining script which offers food for thought – pun intended – as it follows several fairly madcap yet life-altering days in the life of a bulimic writer (Heather) who produces romantic novels. First of all, a good-looking young man (Anthony Stonier) moves in down the corridor and with total disregard of her need for privacy makes himself completely at home in her flat. To add to her irritation, Mother (Caroline Smart) chooses highly inopportune moments for her visits!

Unit 6 operates on a free membership basis and all are welcome. Current members (and new ones) will enjoy two weeks of innovative and original entertainment in the festival which is expected to become a yearly event in Durban. Each evening consists of a double bill (50 minutes in length per show) and audience members will contribute R45.

Bulimia Blues opens the DuMarc Festival at 19h00 on September 3 and there will be a repeat performance on September 13 at 19h00. The other half of the double bill will be The Ugliest Boy in Town, written and performed by Marc Wells which comprises a selection of original songs and the stories that inspired them.

The DuMarc Cabaret Festival runs from September 3 to 14. Unit 6 is easily accessible and situated at 2 Mahoganyfield Way in Springfield Park. Early booking is advised as the venue can only accommodate 100 people at tables. There are full bar facilities and optional light meal snacks. Contact Peter Court (resident director) on telefax (031) 579-1230 or e-mail dumarccc@mweb.co.za

Directions: Approach Springfield Park over the Connaught Bridge via the extension of Umgeni Road (going towards North Coast Road). Take the M21 towards Springfield Park, carry on down the winding road which takes you under the walkway bridge of NCP, past Ian Wyles on the right and then turn left into Willowfield Road. Carry on until you see the DuMarc sign on the building on your right (Cassiafield Road), go past that and take the next road to your right which is Mahoganyfield Way. Turn right immediately into DuMarc’s secure parking area.




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