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KING KONG (article first published : 2002-10-18)

King Kong, one of Durban’s best-loved stage comedies, returns for a limited season at the Kwasuka Theatre from October 28 to November 23. The production will feature its original stars, theatre icons Aldo Brincat and Michael Gritten - the unstoppable duo who take their audience on a zany adventure trip with their side-splitting take on the famous 1930’s silver-screen block-buster about the Gorilla and the Girl.

The brainchild of Brincat, the show was workshopped with the multi award-winning Gritten and directed by indefatigable stage doctor Peter Court. With all the over-the-top, heroic antics of a 1930’s Tin Tin comic book or a Laurel and Hardy movie, it has proved a smash hit with critics while playing to capacity audiences across the country.

King Kong is a showcase of exceptional talent and hurricane energy. The two actors get caught up in their own (and each other’s) hair-raising momentum, with much “ad lib” use of props (a comb, a tea-spoon, a steam iron, scatterings of raisins and pop-corn) to swop roles and change scenes from second to second, fast-tracking the storyline in which a film-maker and his starlet set off on a perilous quest to capture the giant gorilla, King Kong.

“We want our audience to feel our terror as we creep along the edge of a 300-foot cliff, while teetering from an upturned bucket or a rickety ladder,” says Gritten. To say imagination runs riot in this show is an understatement. “We discover new ideas from gig to gig, with fresh gags, new glances at situations, even new characters appearing at the door, demanding to join us,” says Brincat.

Following its debut season two years ago, this acclaimed two-hander gathered several FNB Vita nominations (including ‘Best New Play and Best Male Actor in a Comedy for Brincat), and won Vita awards for Court as Best Director of a Comedy, and for Gritten as Best Male Actor in a Comedy.

King Kong will play from Tuesday to Saturdays at 19h30 and on Sundays at 18h30. Booking at Computicket on 083 915 8000 or through Kwasuka Theatre on 031 309-2236. Block bookings or for information about special sold performances from Sharon Brown on 083 486 3271.




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