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DESPERATELY SEEKING PRINCE CHARMING (article first published : 2003-04-22)

Written by Charon Williams-Ros and Toni D’Amant, Desperately Seeking Prince Charming first saw the light of day at a South African Women’s Arts Festival in the Playhouse in 2000 and I was highly impressed with it then.

Producer Linda van der Veen has taken the production, enrolled the talents of Peter Court as a director and considerably adapated the show for the format that is currently running at the Catalina Theatre. It serves as a departure for this theatre venue on Wilson’s Wharf which, until now, has mainly carried productions with a strong dramatic content such as Green Mamba, Baobabs Don’t Grow Here, Once a Pirate and the stunning Decadence.

Following the theme of one of the songs, the show could be subtitled Don’t Underestimate a Woman - illustrating the point that women don’t need a Prince Charming to prove that they exist. Charon Williams-Ros and Toni D’Amant appear with Nothando Mbanda and the award-winning Catherine Mace.

The songs – more in the medley format than a more satisfying programme of full numbers – have obviously been chosen for the messages that they convey. Thus the content is wide-ranging but not always complementary, moving from My Guy, Someone to Watch over Me and Baby Love to Black Magic Woman, Nine to Five and Long Train Running.

The multi-faceted programme is mainly music-based but occasionally there are some dramatic inserts. Some of the highlights included a parody of Mambo No.5, a fun send-up of Snow White’s Wicked Queen and a satirical matrimonial check list.

All four performers are highly individual in their own right. Catherine Mace is a consummate actress and singer. Charon Williams-Ros is a delight and we should see more of her on the supper theatre circuit. Toni D’Amant has a good flair for comedy and is the best mover of the foursome. Nothando Ngubane is always a compelling and a powerful force on stage.

Individually the performers capture the audience’s attention but what emerges is a production that is enjoyable and entertaining but doesn’t quite meld as a whole. Possibly it’s early days yet and the show will grow and gain a character of its own. While it is definitely a woman’s piece and celebrates femininity, men won’t feel excluded or intimidated and will find much amusement in the tongue-in-cheek delivery.

Trevor Williams-Ross and Peter Court provide a lot of the humour on voice-overs and good use is made of the wide Catalina stage. The use of microphone headsets – and their attendant technology problems such as popping and breathiness - worried me, seeming to be a bit of an overkill in this intimate venue.

Desperately Seeking Prince Charming is suitable for adult audiences and runs at the Catalina Theatre until May 11. Performances Tuesday until Saturday at 20h00 and Sunday’s shows at 18h00. Bookings on 031 305 6889. – Caroline Smart




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