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FRUIT PUNCH (article first published : 2000-07-24)

Wayne Scott, Wikus du Toit and Darryl Evans Fuchs, also known as Dame Isador Bunyen, Miss Iona Lillet and Miss Demina, will adorn the stage of the Playhouse Cellar next month with their production Fruit Punch.

After much consideration and following the huge success of their first show, the three “divas” are back again. The divine songsters each have a unique history. Dame Isadora Bunyen (Wayne Scott) is described as “something of a cross between the voluptuous madam of an upmarket whorehouse and a dowager duchess”. Dame Iona Lillet (Wikus du Toit) attended Swakopmund Laërskool, Vereeniging Hoërskool and later received her higher diploma for arts from Pretoria University and sang with the Alabama touring choir.

And then there’s Miss Demina played by Darryl Evans Fuchs who is no stranger to Durban audiences having appeared in productions such as Good Vibrations and Abba Maniacs. Miss Demina " … well, just knocked on the door of our theatre society, showed us some nifty tricks with mascara, stuttered and became the tea lady", say the other two.

The extravagant trio is accompanied by Patricia Clueless (Lolly Somnez) on piano, as they sing a host of well-known songs and their own modified material. The cabaret takes the audience on a side-splitting, sometimes frivolous, occasionally sombre journey through numbers ranging from Memory and You Don’t Own Me, to the Gloria Gaynor/Shirley Bassey standard Weather Girls, and Dame Iona Lillet’s hilarious rip-off of Sarie Marais.

Behind the glitz and glamour, the outrageous drag, diamante and “falsies” is a motivation of a more serious nature. The three perform to raise funds for their touring programme to under-privileged children through Teens and Aids as well as Little Bear, an organisation working against child abuse.

Fruit Punch runs in the Playhouse Cellar from August 8 to September 17. Book at TicketWeb or at www.ticketweb.co.za. Credit card bookings at Dial-A-Seat on (031) 369-9444. For group bookings, call Pat on (031) 369-9505.




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