A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

music
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

SLEEPING BEAUTY (article first published : 2006-12-25)

If you haven't already booked to take any children you know to Sleeping Beauty this December, you should. This production from the KickstArt team is delightful, just the thing to convince kids, and adults, that theatre is a Good Thing.

Greg King, who is responsible for the design and sets, and Steven Stead, who directs along with Kenlynn Sutherland, decided a couple of years ago that the tradition of family panto should be revived in Durban. They take a fairy tale, and add all the pantomime elements - a dame, a hero, a villain, slapstick comedy, jokes for the grownups, plenty of songs, a dragon and a goblin (voiced by Aaron MacIlroy), smoke, bangs and lots and lots of audience participation. And it works like a charm in their very capable hands.

Stead has also directed My Fair Lady, running at the Playhouse, and King did the sets there too, so the pair of them are having a busy - and very successful - Christmas season.

Heading up the pantomime cast are Shelley McLean as Princess Rose, and if she looks a little more than 16, well, who's counting; Bryan Hiles as Huckleby Hopscotch the energetic Court Jester; Belinda Henwood and Clare Mortimer as the good and bad fairies respectively and Darren King as the dame, Nurse Cecily Knickersnagger. It was just a year ago that King injured his neck in a swimming accident that left him partially paralysed. He has made a remarkable recovery and it is wonderful to see him back and in such great form.

Henwood and Mortimer have performed together in all kinds of theatre from drama to comedy, and here they team up to make a fine pair of immortals. Henwood may be sweet and lisping with a passion for pink, but she is no pushover as Mortimer in full witchy mode discovers. Mortimer in disguise as a Scottish kitchen maid is priceless, and the kitchen lends itself to a wonderful scene of slapstick. The pastry for the apple pie is almost worth the price of the ticket on its own.

Being the handsome prince is never easy - there's not much to do except to look handsome, but Jacobus van Heerden manages well, while Thomie Holtzhausen and Wendy Watson make a suitably doddery and fussy king and queen. The whole production looks splendid, with King's set perfect for the story.

All in all, this is part of the year-end festivities that can only leave you smiling and refreshed, however young or old you may be.

Sleeping Beauty runs until December 31. Shows Tuesday to Saturday at 14h30 (Sundays at 14h00) with one evening show a week on Friday at 19h00. Tickets R75 (R60 children under 12 and pensioners). Book at Computicket. Margaret von Klemperer




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart