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Suter’s Midlands shows spotlight

Lisa Bobbert

IF YOU enjoy the comic romps of Durban stars Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert, you are sure to be happy to hear that the real-life couple will perform their latest zany show, Marriage For Dummies, at UKZN’s Hexagon Theatre in Scottsville this weekend.

In the picture: Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert in Marriage For Dummies. Picture by Val Adamson.

A colourful mesh of comedy, song and dance, the production is billed as “a hilarious survival guide for anyone brave enough to take on life’s ultimate challenge”.

Performances are scheduled for 7.30pm today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9). Tickets cost R120 and booking is at

Different disguises and a variety of characters

Structured around the format of a marriage seminar, Aaron and Lisa’s show highlights the many trials and tribulations of marriage, as they assume many different disguises and play a variety of characters.

“We believe that comedy provides a unique framework, acknowledging the complexities of marriage without getting into the blame game, thus, allowing our audience to internalise the lessons without feeling condemned” says Aaron.

My full review of the show, from its Durban season at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in March, can be viewed by clicking here.

Stop rhino poaching

Also worth diarising is a supper show that will be presented at 6pm this Sunday, June 9, at the Netherwood Wedding Venue in Nottingham Road. It is to raise funds for Stop Rhino Poaching, to aid in the training of anti-poaching unit staff.

Dr Jacques Flamand, head of WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, will give a talk about rhino and efforts to save the great beast from extinction. Simon Naylor, from Phinda, representing Stop Rhino Poaching, will also give a short talk.

Singer-songwriter Audrey Mbuyazi, whose latest album, Take My Life, features favourite hymns. Catch her in Nottingham Road at 6pm on Saturday, June 9.

The supper show will feature talented local singers – among them gospel singer Audrey Mbuyazi, William Silk, Nico Keyter, Abri and Michell Venter, Lisa Scheepers, Maryke Jonsson, Marileen Botha, Val Steyn, Charles Webster and his daughter Rebecca.

Also on the bill are ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and Irish dancing presented by Danz-It Dance Studio. Pete Quinn will be on the bagpipes, Clifton Prep Grade 6 Marimba Band will entertain, and musicians and poetry readings are also planned.

Country Jam

Patrons will enjoy finger foods and snacks supplied by Notties Spar. Tickets, including the show and food, cost R250 each for adults, and R150 each for children on pillows and blankets around the stage. For more information, contact Lisa Scheepers at (079) 079 5702.

Still talking music… why not consider popping over to Il Postino Pizzeria in the Dargle Valley to catch Country Jam from 6pm to 10pm today (Friday, June 8)? The band features bluesman and bassist Frik Enslin, Chris Loots on fiddle, guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Craig Martens on lead vocals and guitar. They will perform classic country, blue and ballads. Call 072 905 9390 for more details.

Also note that on Sunday (June 10), at the Coffeeberry café in the Cascades Centre in Pietermaritzburg, Craig and Chris will perform a mixed bag of popular songs as The Dapper Dans, from 4pm to 8pm.

Drag queen Lilly Slaptsilli of Cape Town will perform ‘her’ first solo show at the Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, next week.

Meanwhile, if good drag is your bag, and you’d care to consider a Durban trip, be advised that one of the best drag lip-sync acts in the country, the seasoned Lilly Slaptsilli of Cape Town, will perform “her” hilarious first solo show at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, soon.

Lilly (alias Clive Allardyce), formerly of the former hit drag duo Mince, will present Shenanigans at 8pm from Wednesday to Saturday, June 13 to 16, and at 2pm on Sunday, June 17.

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Sometimes crude, sometimes comical, sometimes crass – but always classy –Shenanigans is described as a camp, comedic romp for audiences of all sexualities and perversions.

Spread the word that Lilly is sure to be an absolute must. Booking is via the theatre group’s Roland Stansell (at 082 499 8636). For my interview with the leggy Lilly, who discusses Shenaningans, click here.

Fallen kingdom

The best of the new movie releases this weekend is the latest dinosaur adventure, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, teaming Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It tells of the Jurassic Park island’s dormant volcano roaring to life, leaving our hero and heroine to mount a campaign to rescue the world’s last remaining dinosaurs.

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Also among new cinema releases this weekend is Samson, starring Jackson Rathbone and Billy Zane. It tells of a young, super-strong Hebrew who, after losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people and his God.

Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt and towering beast in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Photo by Universal Pictures.

Finally, worth catching on the box this weekend is Natalie Wood: A Hollywood Murder Mystery, on DStv’s Discovery ID (channel 171) at 10.50pm on Saturday, June 9.

Wood, star of the film versions of the hit musicals West Side Story and Gypsy, disappeared, on a cold November night, from the yacht she was staying on with her husband, actor Robert Wagner. This documentary tries to determine what happened to her.

What 1970s movie musical had a doe-eyed actress proclaiming: “I have this infantile fantasy that someday I’ll amount to something as an actress.” (Answer in next Friday’s column).

Last week’s question was: What 1960s movie did this famous line of dialogue come from: “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”? (Answer: Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston).


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