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NOT LINE-UP (article first published : 2002-06-4)

Herewith the productions lined up for The NOT Festival which is due to take place at Durban High School from June 20 to 23.

One Margherita Please (June 20 at 19h00, June 21 at 21h00, June 22 at 14h00, and June 23 at 20h00). Dennis Rubin, winner of last year's Lakhani Award 2001, opens the festival with his own award winning production One Margherita Please. This play tells the story of an aging actor who orders a pizza one stormy night. Psychotic, engaging and charming, the delivery boy has a hidden agenda for this "olde worlde actor". Starring Dennis Schauffer and DHS old boy Liam Magner. Don't miss this Flagship production!

Royal Flush - a celebration of the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II (June 22 at 20h00 and June 23 at 12h00 and 18h00). A nostalgic look at British music over the last 50 years or so. From Noel Coward to The Beatles and Elton John's Candle in The Wind. From the well loved musicals and movies made famous by British singing stars; Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard, Petula Clark, Julie Andrews, Cliff Richard and Rex Harrison to name but a few. Starring Anthony Stonier, Andrew Warburton and Vanessa Skaer.

King Kong (June 22 at 18h00 and June 23 at 11h00). Nominated for four FNB Vita Awards and winner of two, this deeply wonderful show is back! Starring Aldo Brincat and Michael Gritten, this comic production of The Babe and the Baboon will satisfy your need for a good and memorable night out. Gorillaz of all ages welcome! (See review in Drama Archives)

Cello to Checkers Packet (June 20 at 18h30; June 22 at 19h00 and June 23 at 15h00). Ellis Pearson and Brendan Jury have combined their love of music and theatre. This production is beyond words. It is powerful music created in an entertaining way. These two will amaze you with this eccentric programme of music and sound movement. Brilliantly conceived and executed this weird and utterly delightful gem will stay with you for a very long time. (See review in Music or Festival Archives)

One Night Stand (June 21 at 20h30 and June 22 at 17h00). "Places to go, people to see, secrets to keep! These are my hilarious nights and devastating days of being someone's kid. My best friend bailed leaving me to salvage the sex, the jokes and the tears... but tomorrow, I will have my piece!" Last year's eye-popping performer, Michelle (The Rope) Driman presents...

Songs From The Lost and Found (June 22 at13h00 and June 23 at 14h00). Starring divas Shannon Kenny and Madelein O' Toole. This sublime and intimate show pays homage to love's landmarks and romantic milestones over the recent years. From Mother by Tori Amos and I think about you by Steven Sondheim to the haunting Certainly" by Erykha Badu. Our ladies are accompanied by the rich talents of Ruben Thomas on bass and David Campion on electric and acoustic guitar...

Leopard Skin (June 20 at 21h00; June 22 at 21h00 and June 23 at 17h00). Music by Alan Judd, Terry Rosenberg and Mike Pilot. This brand new musical will premier at the festival. A work in progress it is a gentle love story between ordinary South Africans dealing with issues of identity, belonging and purpose. Told with immense love, honesty and respect, and starring the talents of Shannon Kenny, Derrick O'Toole , Stacey Taylor and Nondumiso Tembe. With Melvin Peters on piano. Scenario, script and direction by Aldo Brincat.

The Spartan and the Lullabye (June 20 at 20h30 and June 23 at 13h00). Written by Mike Broderick, directed by Brenda Lauth, and starring award winners Catherine Mace and Belinda Harwood. A study of the lives of two women coming to terms with the afflictions of childhood. At times comical often tragic, this challenging production holds a mirror to that precious gift called life.

...and Don't Forget to Breathe (June 21 at 18h30 and June 22 at 15h00). Four women. A pilgrimage. A two-man tent and Newman's guide to wildlife. What more could go wrong? Witness this journey of self- preservation with lashings of comedy and doses of drama.. and don't forget to breathe.. Written by Catherine Mace who appears with Melissa Wood and Calli Denton-Major.

Thereís stand-up comedy with Rainbow Indignation (June 21 at 22h00 and June 22 at 22h00). Created by Durbanís own Tri-Partite Defiance, Ivan Boniaszczuk, (pronounced "giant"), Joe Carroll and Ashwin Singh. This is an insane collage of satire, farce, slapstick, wit and song that takes no prisoners! With the courage of suicide bombers, they examine everything from the Taliban, Thabo, Buppies and Yuppies ( And all those richer than themselves!) (See review in Drama Archives). Patrick Kenny's stand up comedy, In the Can (June 20 at 22h00 and June 23 at 22h00). No preservatives/no swearing! A retrospective of his work from Jam & Sons to Grahamstown. From the notorious Durban Poison Comedy Road show, to his East Coast Radio Show, The Cunning Linguist.

For youngsters of all ages, thereís Magic Man Hendini (June 22 at 10h00 and June 23 at 16h00). Loads of audience participation, dollops of wacky humour, combined with flabbergasting unexpected miracles, make Hendini one of the most entertaining one-man-shows around! Ideal for kids of all ages! Worm's Tail (June 22 at 16h00). The comic fantasy traces the story of young JW Earthworm, a fragile creature, from his lowly beginnings in a harsh and dangerous world, to his discovery of the secrets of invincible power and the disastrous consequences that follow! This rich and thrilling saga directed by Gisele Turner is presented by Wendy Nell and Michael Gritten, in a wide range of theatrical styles, with particular focus on highly energetic physical theatre.

There will also be one performance only by the Kerimov Trio (June 21 at 19h00). Featuring the divine talents of Christopher Duigan, Elena Kerimov and her husband Boris Kerimov. Presenting a passionate programme of classical music before they fly off to Grahamstown where they will be hosted on the Main Festival stage. The award winning Schools production and award winning Monologue takes place on June 23 at 19h00.

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