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KATINKA KAT (article first published : 2003-07-17)

Having spent the last ten days or so catching up after the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, I was only able to reach the Durban Botanical Gardens today to catch The Actors Co-Operative’s latest production, The Totally Terrific Tale of Katinka Kat, which has its last performance tomorrow (July 18).

Take a rug or something to sit on and a drink or snack to keep little tummies happy. The play will do the rest.

In his first directorial role, Oded Rouche has created a fun and fast-moving tale about a Russian Blue cat, an amiable juggling clown, a wild-haired Shaggy Dog and a sushi chef who believes that cats’ tails make the best sushi.

For an hour, the small children responded eagerly to the usual devices used in this form of theatre: shouting when the baddie arrives, joining in the singing and agreeing to the important questions put to them …and often sturdily offering their own unique views as well!

Danielle Perlman is a delightful sensual and perky Katinka Kat while in the very physical part of Shaggy Dog, Peter Hattingh shows promise as a comedy actor and copes well with the rough and tumble sequences. Although he doesn’t have a lot to say other than “Yes, boss!”, David Cowley is endearing and focused. However, it is Oded Rouche as the villain chef, Chow Sum Kat from Stinking Poo, who holds the production together with his vigorous and grotesque antics.

Much delicious play is made on words such as “Meeount” Edgecombe and “meeowles” (miles) and parodies on well-known advertisements.

The final performance is at 11h00 tomorrow in the Durban Botanic Gardens. Park in or around the main entrance and follow the signs directing you above the tea room to the Fern Dale.

If you have little ones to entertain over the Christmas holidays, then make a date in your diary for The Actors Co-operative’s delightful production of Brer Rabbit which will be held at the Courtyard Theatre in Mansfield Road. – Caroline Smart

More details on 083 439 1532 or e-mail: theactorsco_operative@hotmail.com




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