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THE PINK SHOW (article first published : 2006-11-5)

Darren King is to be the main attraction at the Nottingham Road Pink Festival that takes place on November 25 and 26 with his hour-long cabaret, The Pink Show.

Born in England, Darren spent his early childhood in Australia. Having returned to the UK in his teen years, his passion for theatre was nurtured by school drama teachers and County youth theatre. Before entering the Theatre industry professionally, he trained for two years at the Bath Technical College followed by three years at BSSTDA, one of England’s most accredited Drama schools.

His early years in the business was spent in Rep, weekly and fortnightly, sadly now almost non-existent. The experience gained under such intense turnaround of productions was invaluable. In the mid and late eighties, there was a huge return in English theatre of the Musical, so it seemed inevitable that as a trained dancer and singer Darren would end up moving into this field, eventually ending up at the London’s Palladium in The Pirates Of Penzance. The next few years were spent in the West End working in various large scale musicals.

When the opportunity came for him to work on P & O’s flag ship “ssCanberra”, Darren didn’t hesitate and spent two years singing his way around the world as part of the on-board Stadium theatre Company. During this time Darren met his partner and made the move to Durban. In the fifteen years Darren has lived in South Africa, he has worked extensively as a dancer, singer and actor.

As well as being an experienced vocalist, Darren’s work as an actor has take precedence in the last four years, working on productions such as, the acclaimed Table Manners, Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild (which won him a Durban Theatre Award for best male actor), Cinderella (which won him a Durban Theatre Award best male actor in a children’s production), Steven Berkoff’s From My Point Of View, ArtsCape’s acclaimed Happy Endings Are Extra, Snow White & the Seven Dwarves and of course Art for which Darren was nominated for best male actor in a comedy 2005.

Tickets R130 include a picnic platter. More information on 033 266 6308.




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