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DEFENDING THE CAVEBRATS! (article first published : 2005-04-27)

Durban writer and actor Aldo Brincat comes to the Royal Hotel Grill Room for the first time with his acclaimed one-hander comedy which puts youngsters under the spotlight. Defending the CaveBrats opens in this city venue on May 5.

On the Caveman theme, first there was the smash hit show, Defending the Caveman. And then Defending the Cavewoman. Now actor-writer-funnyman Aldo Brincat completes the trilogy with his tribute to children. On a winning streak following the runaway success of his most recent stage productions, the award-winning King Kong and The House Husband, Brincat is in creative stride once again, bringing to life his latest brainchild, Defending the CaveBrats!

Directed by multi award-winning SA screen and stage personality Ian Roberts (“Ja, boet”), Brincat’s Defending the CaveBrats! takes an incisive look at the impulses that set many people on the path to parenthood, and embraces the whole domestic jamboree along the way. With a distinctive edge to his narrative style, Brincat promises to go beyond the battle of the sexes as he delves into a wealth of material that resonates for anyone from die-hard singles to the thousands of tried-and-tested parents, in-laws and grandparents out there, not to mention their weird and wonderful offspring.

With close to 15 years of working with children, as an entertainer, teacher and talent scout, and himself a parent of two healthy youngsters, Aldo says, “For years, people have urged me to tackle this subject. In writing the play, I’ve found each stage of life to be as teaming with material as the next, from our relationship with our babies, our teenagers, our young adult friends, to the stage when suddenly your children become your parents.”

Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman opened in America in the early ’90s and went on to become the longest-running non-musical production in theatre history. The South African leg of the show was kept kicking for many a season by the inimitable Tim Plewman.

Defending the CaveBrats runs until May 28. Tickets R160 include a three course meal and parking from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Supper is served from 19h00 with the show starting around 20h30. With the reputably high standard of catering at The Royal, coupled with the anticipated popularity of the show, this season should prove to be a hit.

To book phone The Royal Hotel on 031 333 6000 or book at Computicket on 083 915 8000 or 011 304 8000.




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