Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

DO YOURSELF a big favour and get a group of children together to take them to Durban to catch the latest KickstArt production for the young of all ages. It’s a magical production of the Roald Dahl classic, The BFG, directed and designed by Greg King, formerly of Pietermaritzburg.

The show is a scrumdillyumptious treat in which King creates a colourful world of fun, humour and surprises, as well as poignancy, as he imaginatively, and very cleverly, unfolds the tale of a little orphan in London, Sophie.

Sophie (Belinda Henwood) meets and befriends a nameless giant (Bryan Hiles) who plucks her from her orphanage bedroom window one night, takes her to his world and then leads her on a journey highlighting dreams, nightmares and a splash of British royalty.

Bobbies on the beat

The fun starts as soon as one arrives in the theatre, where British Bobbies with torches welcome you in the aisles. Simultaneously, miniature, illuminated houses and a church, as well as a moving London bus, dominate a dappled stage where Bobbies on the beat patrol between homes from which rod-puppet Londoners come and go. It’s pure enchantment.

Featuring Lyle Buxton, Clare Mortimer, Daisy Spencer and Mpilo “Straw” Nzimande, the show has costumes by Steven Stead, lighting design by Tina le Roux, sound design by Ross van Wyk and musical direction by Jason Bird.

It runs until July 8 and performances are scheduled for Tuesday to Friday at 2:30pm, Saturday at 11am and 3pm, and Sunday at 2.30pm. Ticket prices range from R130 to R190 for adults, and R110 to R160 for pensioners and children under the age of 12. Booking is at Computicket.

My full review of the production is accessible by clicking here:

Top guitarist Seb Goldswain performs at Music in the Hills in Hilton from 9pm on Wednesday, July 4. Picture by Kavo R Photography.

If you enjoy guitar music, try to get to the Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a barn at the Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton on Wednesday, July 4, when the popular Seb Goldswain performs for an hour from 9pm.

A versatile musician, having studied jazz guitar and composition up to Honours level at UKZN, 24-year-old Seb performs with his own original electric band, as well as regularly working with some of South Africa’s top established artists.

At MiTH he will perform his own highly energetic original solo acoustic set after performances by Stormy Monday (from 8pm), 2G (from 7.30pm) and Matt Oliver (from 7pm). For directions or more information phone 082 331 7271.

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Still on the music scene, you might care to note that, from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, June 30, the Rainbow Restaurant at 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, will present a free concert by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni and friends, an event co-arranged by the venue and Concerts SA.

Johannesburg-based trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni and friends are scheduled to give a free concert at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown from 4pm-6pm on Saturday, June 30.

Mlangeni is travelling to Pinetown with bassist Brydon Bolton from Johannesburg. They will perform alongside pianist Sibusiso Mashiloane, saxophonist Leon Scharnick and young drummer Kabelo Mokhatla.

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Mlangeni is a South African trumpeter and composer based in Johannesburg. An active bandleader and musician, he has toured widely – regionally and in Europe – and features in many of the most notable, recent, contemporary South African jazz projects.

His band the Amandla Freedom Ensemble released a debut album, Bhekisizwe, in 2015. Mlangeni is also bandleader of the Tune Recreation Committee and formed part of Afrikan Freedom Principle.

For more details about the concert phone 031 702 9161.

Nick Robinson in Love, Simon. The film, opening countrywide this weekend, also features Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

Among movies new in cinemas this weekend is Love, Simon, about a young guy called Simon Spier, who keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he is gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Lost ducklings

Directed by Greg Berlanti, the movie teams Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

Also new in cinemas this weekend is the animated adventure, Duck Duck Goose, in which a bachelor goose must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south. Directed by Christopher Jenkins, the film features the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Lance Lim and The Greatest Showman star, Zendaya.

TRIVIA: DO YOU KNOW?
What 1988 movie featured the classic line, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way”?
(Answer next Friday).
Last week’s question was: What movie marked the film debut of music star Elvis Presley?
(Answer: Love Me Tender).