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THE LOVESHIP AQUARIUS (article first published : 2003-11-4)

The Loveship Aquarius which is part of an overall entity called The Most Amazing Show is high on talent and low on substance. But don’t leave me now, dear reader, because this is the make-up of the kind of productions that triumph on the fringes of events such as the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

For the uninitiated, NAF festinos are faced with a daunting array of choices and the die-hards usually select those productions on the main festival – usually supported by major production companies or arts grants – that satisfy the craving for top quality theatre on an above-average budget and performed by the country’s top artistes.

For work that is new, provocative, challenging and exciting presented by the new kids on the block or those rapping hard on the industry’s established door, they look to the fringe.

The Loveship Aquarius currently running at Kwasuka Theatre is one of those fringe productions that wowed recent festivals, including the Smirnoff International Comedy festival. Lots of froth and nonsense but brilliantly performed.

Hosted by the madcap Cornč and Twakkie, the show is a kind of Morecambe and Wise show zoomed into the 20th century on rocket fuel. Tall and lanky Cornč could be likened to a Billy Connolly at his most eccentric while the mini-packaged Twakkie is reminiscent of a delightfully vague Dudley Moore. Roll all this up in the harmless lunacy of a Monty Python Show and set it fairly and squarely in the post-new South Africa and that’s what you can expect from this hour-plus production.

The skilful duo work with screens and a bank of cardboard boxes as well as the odd prop. I was very happy once they ditched their microphones because their dialogue became much easier to understand. Kwasuka’s acoustics are excellent and performers very seldom need amplification. If they do, then it’s time they came to me for training!

Calling each other – and indeed anyone else who comes into the line of fire - “Guy”, they go through a madcap routine which takes in Marc Shuttleworth; the Miami Dragons (a Ninja fighting duo); the A Team (referring to an early TV series), and a hilarious send-up of contemporary dance.

Oh yes, if you don’t switch off your cellphone and it rings during the performance ….. be very afraid! Tonight’s audience gave the show an ecstatic response – why not go and see it for yourself?

The Loveship Aquarius runs at Kwasuka Theatre from November 4 to 16. Book through Computicket on 083 915 8000. Special student/scholar price of R35. For details e-mail info@tmas.co.za or visit www.tmas.co.za

”The Most Amazing Show” will also present “Breakfast Bonanza” at HOME (corner Windermere and Innes Roads) from November 1 to 2, 8 to 9 and 15 to 16. Tickets R60 (including breakfast from HOME). Seats are limited so book now on 031 303 3692. - Caroline Smart




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