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TABLE MANNERS (article first published : 2003-09-6)

Table Manners, Greg King’s marvelously funny send-up of the classic murder mystery - is being re-staged at the KwaSuka Theatre from Augusts 30 until Sepember 18.

It is the gala night opening of the Snowy Creek supper stage, and the dazzling Miss Dina Devine is discovered in her dressing room – dead! Assembled at the dinner table are six of her dearest friends, each with a darn good motive for murder. As the accusations fly and tempers flare, everything on the dinner table is put to delightful and inventive use to recreate the scene of the crime.

In the tradition of the great Agatha Christie movies, a celebrity larger-than-life cast has been assembled for Table Manners: Belinda Henwood, Carol Trench, Darren King, Karen van Pletzen, Neil Coppen, Richard Warne and newcomers to the Durban theatre scene Heather Schreiner and Justin Southey.

Table Manners was first commissioned by the University of Natal Pietermaritzburg and performed at the Grahamstown Festival 2001. Of all of KickstArt’s successes and broad repertoire of productions, this show has been requested more than any other. The attraction of this quirky, hilarious and high-energy show lies in the frenetic pace of the production coupled with a myriad of clever original visual gags, outrageous characters, a wacky story-line and a general good-natured send-up of the traditional murder mystery genre.

Was it Madame La Bouche in the Music Room with a wine bottle? Was it Mr Clearwater in the Study with a paperknife? Was it Daniel on the dancefloor with a mirrorball? Was it Shiney Bright in the moonlight with an ice skate? Put on your dinner jackets and ball-gowns, and bring your pistol, dagger, rope or candlestick and join KickstArt for an evening of music, mystery, murder and hilarious mayhem.

Table Manners opens at Kwasuka Theatre on August 30. Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 with Saturday matinees at 14h30. Tickets R60 (R50 students and pensioners) available at Computicket or on 011 340 8000/083 915 8000 or through Greg on 083 544 2006. Discounted prices are available for block bookings for charities, fundraisers corporate events or social gatherings. KwaSuka is an intimate air-conditioned 112 seater auditorium with a fully licensed bar and excellent outdoor entertaining facility.




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