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RED COAT TALES (article first published : 2002-10-8)

The Red Coat Tales is a brand new family pantomime set to delight both adults and children alike. It opens at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in November and the producers have some fundraising opportunities available for charities and organisations needing to help boost their funds

A fully professional cast of ten tells the story of a magical Ringmaster's coat, which holds the key to fame and fortune. Jake and Jill, two typical Durban children, guided by an assortment of mysterious and magical characters, and a host of young dancers embark on an adventure through time and space to destroy the evil Ringmaster, Paracelsus, and rescue Jill's mother.

Set in Durban, past and present, it is both an adventure and a fairytale, full of ancient wisdom, wholesome truths, popular songs and spectacular dance sequences.

The wise man, Malaika introduces the story of a simple but beautiful red coat made in the distant past, that is about to endanger the lives of two modern teenagers. Jill and Jake must escape with the coat back into Durban's past, and with the help of Solaris the Songbird discover the truth about the origins of the coat and in the process uncover a few truths about themselves as well. Along the way they are joined by Joop, an Indian Fakir, who may turn out to be more than he appears to be. Adding to the fun is the ubiquitous presence of Mrs Dame, Jill's Mother.

The adventure takes them from the suburban streets of present-day Durban to the beachfront. From an agricultural fair in Pietermaritzburg to early Grey Street, and finally to The Great Circus - the world of Paracelsus, where the final showdown unfolds.

The characters and storyline have been chosen to appeal to all people of all ages and a must for the whole family. It is a rollercoaster ride through familiar and not-so-familiar scenery, where the age-old battle between good and evil is fought.

The show promises to be a feast for the senses, a treat for the fun-loving and an absolute must for festive season theatre-goers.

A number of performances from November 27 have been ear-marked for charities to purchase at a vastly reduced rate in order to re-sell at a profit to help raise funds. For further information call 031 201-1650 (office hours).




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