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THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEA (article first published : 2008-04-29)

Adapted for stage by Sheila Ruskin and David Wood with music and lyrics by David Wood, the “runcible” musical of The Owl and the Pussycat went to Sea is based on Edward Lear’s largely lovable characters from his nonsense verse.

The production comes to life at the Durban University of Technology campus’s Courtyard Theatre from May 7 to 10.

The characters are on a quest to help the Owl and the Pussycat find a ring and a vicar who will marry them. This is a play intended for young audiences but also engaging and fun for adults as well. The nonsense poem written in 1871 by Edward Lear is a wonderful children’s tale and the performance is perfect for the younger theatregoers aged from five to ten.

The play includes the well known and likeable characters such as the Runcible Spoon, the Plum Pudding Flea, the Dong with the Luminous Nose, the Jumblies and, of course, the Owl and Pussycat. It is directed by respected senior lecturer, Robin Singh of DUT Drama Studies, who has directed highly successful productions on campus such as Caucasian Chalk Circle and Confusions. Having previously directed well-known contemporary theatre pieces, he has taken on a new challenge in venturing down the lively road of children’s theatre. He has brought this vibrant poem to life with magical costumes and colourful sets to enthral and delight the audience.

The production is being performed by the Department of Television, Drama and Production Studies and the cast comprises mainly third-year Drama students and two second-year students.

“There are many catchy songs in the production, and I was pleased and somewhat relieved to have this aspect taken care of by two very capable staff members – Madlen Tzankova (singing specialist) and Dana Hadjiev (accompanist). I was also fortunate to have the assistance of Susan Donaldson-Selby and her students from Production Studies, to create and make the sets,” says Robin Singh.

Edward Lear was one of 20 children and was born to a London Stockbroker in 1812. He was brought up by his two sisters who educated him and taught him how to draw and read all the classical tales to him. He grew up to a be a well-travelled man who earned his money as an artist and a poet and he may be the man who invented the phrase “snail mail” from one of his drawings.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to Sea will be showing at the Courtyard Theatre from May 7 to 10. There are schools performances on May 7 and 8 at 10h00, with public performances taking place on May 9 at 19h00 and May 10 at 14h00. Running time is 100 minutes

Tickets R15. Free admission to teachers who bring in 20 learners. The Courtyard Theatre is situated in Mansfield Road, DUT campus. There is secure parking at Gate No. 4 opposite the Courtyard Theatre. To booking, contact Ronicka Sirputh on 031 373 2194.




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