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DEFENDING THE CAVEBRATS! (article first published : 2002-11-22)

First there was the smash hit show Defending the Caveman. And then Defending the Cavewoman. Now stand back and wait. Actor-writer-funnyman Aldo Brincat is hard at work to bring to life his latest brainchild Defending the CaveBrats!

With a distinctive edge to his narrative style, Brincat promises to take audiences well beyond the battle of the sexes as he delves into a wealth of material that resonates for anyone from die-hard singles to the thousands of tried-and-tested parents, in-laws and grandparents, not to mention their weird and wonderful offspring.

Defending the CaveBrats! takes an incisive look at the impulses that set people on the path to parenthood and embraces the whole domestic jamboree along the way. In the tradition of its Caveman predecessor, this affectionate new comedy plays with the concept of alien species who all seem to come from different planets: here Brincat brings his razorsharp powers of observation to bear on the chasms of difference that divide beleaguered parents from their demanding children.

Lifting the lid on a concoction of hilarious anecdotes and some uncannily close-to-home looks at the ways people deal with the day-to-day dilemmas of life, he keeps things well and truly on the boil - demonstrating that understanding of each other is achieved through the potent medium of laughter.

Aldo has close on 15 years of working with children as an entertainer, teacher and talent scout. He is also the parent of two healthy youngsters. “For years, people have urged me to tackle this subject,” he says. “In writing the play, I’ve found each stage of life to be as teaming with material as the next, from our relationship with our babies, our teenagers, our young adult friends, to the stage when suddenly your children become your parents.”

Rob Decker’s Defending the Caveman opened in America in the early ’90s and went on to become the longest-running non-musical production in theatre history. The South African leg of the show is still pulling in audiences with the inimitable Tim Plewman.

Defending the CaveBrats! runs in the Playhouse Drama from February 11 to 23. It offers the ideal vehicle for corporate entertainment and excellent fund-raising opportunities. Block bookings and sold performances from Margie on 083 251 9412.




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