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BLACK MAMBA – DIRECTOR’S CUT (article first published : 2007-07-12)

If hilarious, fast-paced, bitingly clever satire is your fix, then don’t miss Ben Voss and James Cuningham in Black Mamba – Director’s Cut – penned by Voss, Cuningham and John van de Ruit (of Spud fame).

This multi-award winning team has been significantly acknowledged for their writing, directing and performing. Black Mamba premičred at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2005 and was reported to be the fastest-selling show on the fringe. The production is directed by South African, Indiana-based Murray McGibbon.

After the phenomenally successful Green Mamba, the first show of the Mamba series, Black Mamba has also had a season of full houses and rave reviews, first at the Grahamstown and Hilton festivals, then in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Black Mamba now has a new face with James Cuningham (Baobabs Don’t Grow Here, Black and Blue) joining Ben on stage. The show was written over a seven-month period beginning in November, 2004. Many of the first drafts of the sketches were scripted on a two-month writing holiday in Thailand, which coincided with the catastrophic Boxing Day Tsunami. The Mambas witnessed the tidal waves from a tiny island on the Andaman Sea, some 100km South of Phuket.

Black Mamba – Director’s Cut features the best of Green and Black Mamba as well as brand new sketches for those Mamba fans who want something new,” says the publicity material. “In a country where we are constantly surprised - positively and negatively - there is much for satirical sketch comedy to feast on.”

Described as “refreshingly un-PC” (Billy Suter, The Mercury); “moments of sublime scripting excellence” (Henry Benson of Going Places) and “fast and funny innuendo-laden observation” (Sally Scott, Daily News Tonight), the multi-award winning show also includes a 12-minute illustrated history of South Africa which spans over 600 years of conquering and re-conquering and a savage grilling of the Minister of Health.

Black Mamba – Director’s Cut runs from July 17 to August 12 at the Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest from Wednesday to Saturdays at 19h00 (R175), Tuesdays at 19h00 and Sundays at 12h00 (R150). Ticket prices include a two-course meal. Bookings on 031 765 4197.




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