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JACK & HIS BIG STALK (article first published : 2005-09-15)

Durban’s Festive Season would not be the same without another cheeky, rollicking adult pantomime.

This year, Catalina Theatre is to play host to this popular form of entertainment with Jack & His Big Stalk … or From Little Acorns Grow Big Okes! … which runs from November 8 at the scenic Wilson’s Wharf venue.

The press release reads like the script: “Take a tiny …in every respect …. boy ( Marc Kay as Jack is back as another spectacularly under-endowed hero); a dipsomaniacal mother (Anthony Stonier who has been researching this character for most of his life); her identical (??!!) but dim-witted twin sister (Peter Court); a cow with attitude (Dean Roberts is miscast as Clover, a depressingly udderless cow who nonetheless thoroughly enjoys milking time); a man-eating Giantess (Giant Tess …get it?) , played by Rowan Bartlett who was Bubbles in last year’s Aladdin and a very cross Princess.

“Yes! This show’s got it all. Set on a dazzling tropical island with loads of popular Latin flavoured songs, magic beans, death-defying sexual innuendo, topical jokes and a host of colourful characters! It is an hour and a half of non stop entertainment (about the same length as a Sharks’ rugby match but far more fun to watch and with much better costumes!!)”

Durban’s tradition of an annual adult pantomime, based on a real fairy tale, is now in its 9th highly successful year. Most recent productions have been Aladdin, Puss In Boots and Sinderella Comes Again.

Jack & His Big Stalk is written by Peter Court and Anthony Stonier who also fill the roles of director and musical director respectively. The panto has traditionally enjoyed massive support from companies who use it as an ideal form of festive season entertaining for clients, for office parties and staff treats.

As the Catalina is not a supper theatre, this year’s panto has the added advantage for corporate clients to be able to select their own dining option from the restaurants on the Wharf. Both evenings and lunchtime functions are possible. The theatre seats 164 people but corporate bookings can also be made for smaller groups. Show tickets R75 with the dining & menu options available on request. Call Lisa on 083 999 3643 or email lisatodd@telkomsa.net




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