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TOP ACTORS HEAD OUT (article first published : 1999-11-20)

Well loved KZN theatre personalities Ellis Pearson & Bheki Mkhwane represent one of South Africa’s most well-loved, successful and acclaimed theatre partnerships. They are also firm friends who have combined their individual experiences to create a special kind of theatre that is up-to-date and uniquely South African. “Gone are the velvet curtains, smart sets and flashy technology. This is not what Africa is about,” says their agent Sue Clarence. “Their kind of theatre is vibrant, inventive physical street theatre, filled with the sounds smells and tales of Africa. Ellis and Bheki are essentially clowns believing that entertainment is the first step towards education.”

Ellis and Bheki have an exciting year 2000 ahead of them. In January and February, they head out of South Africa to tour five university theatres in the United States, performing Kaboom! and Amazwi Omoya in New York, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pasadena and San Diego. At the end of March they will fly off, via Botswana's Maitisong Festival, to do Kaboom! in Antwerp in Belgium as part of a South African Festival.

Ideal for high schools and older senior primary pupils, their brand new piece Skadonk will be performed in KZN schools before Ellis and Bheki begin the festival circuit where the show has already been booked for no fewer than seven festivals in 2000. Skadonk provides a highly entertaining insight into everyday life in South Africa. Ellis & Bheki will also bring back their all-time favourite, Boy Called Rubbish which tells the story of a little boy called Rubbish and his special friend and hero who lives in his pocket. The shows are available to tour schools from February 16 to March 10 and from May 1 to 19. Bookings and enquiries to Sue Clarence on (031) 764-7518. e-mail clarence@icon.co.za




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