IF YOU’RE Durban way next week, consider treating the youngsters to a fun play scheduled to run at Umbilo’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, at 11am daily from Monday to Friday, October 1 to 5.
It’s Grandpa Grump and the Magical Junk Shop, a production written by the widely acclaimed and award-winning Neil Coppen, and starring Pietermaritzburg’s Mpilo “Straw” Nzimande (pictured above), star of a number of shows, including the popular naughty pantos, in Durban.
The 55-minute play has Grandpa Grump on a quest to rescue the rag doll, Molly, a special surprise for his granddaughter on her sixth birthday. To do so, he must face challenges that lie waiting in his junkshop.
Join him as he meets the terrifying Dustbin Monster and the nutty Cuckoo in the Cuckoo Clock, and takes a trip to the moon and back, as well as appease the Smelly Sock Snake before scaring away the enormous and frightening Broomstick Dragon.
There will be a colouring-in competition for children after the show.
Tickets cost R60 each and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636. Snacks and juices will be on sale.
For something different, why not consider a trip to Shongweni for the Pottery Open Day planned by Andrew Walford at his pottery about a kilometre from the Shongweni Market?
He will do a “throwing” and Easter-style brushwork demonstration at 11.30am on Sunday, September 30, at his home and studio in a magnificent setting overlooking the Shongweni dam and game reserve. Hundreds of pots will be on exhibition in the studio and a bargain basement. Vegetarian breyani with dhal and salad will be available, as well as home-baked cakes, coffee and home-made lemon juice.
For more details call Andrew on 082 794 7796.
Bobby van Jaarsveld
Also of note is that popular Afrikaans singer and The Voice South Africa judge and mentor, Bobby van Jaarsveld, is to perform a single concert at 8pm on Friday, September 28, at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga. A ticket will cost you R150 and booking is by calling the theatre at 031 161 0000.
Van Jaarsveld, who arrived on the music scene in 2006 with his first gold-selling album, Duisend Ure, will perform Afrikaans and English songs.
Meanwhile, a reminder that top Cape singer and pianist Godfrey Johnson, who has staged shows to much acclaim for years and who in 2015 composed the music for the Pieter-Dirk Uys musical, Die Van Aardes van Grootoor, is staging the quirky Unhinged in Kloof this weekend.
Catch it at The Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, and 2pm on Sunday, September 30.
This is a new cabaret filled with musical madness inspired by Mozart, Bach, Bowie, Beethoven, Brahms and Madonna. It is packed with hilarious characters, such as the very concerned citizen, Nugent Stein; the flawless and neurotic, Divina Munschka; and the urban warrior, Juniper Jade.
Be prepared for the “middle-aged person’s guide to the orchestra” and a crazy duet performed by one. Godfrey will also give the audience a chance to choose some of their favourite songs from his extensive repertoire.
Tickets are R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards). A Family Pack discount during the first week of shows is also available – R300 total for two adults and two children.
Also, if you missed it at the recent Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College, consider catching the fun Get Knotted, a cheerful new cabaret by award-winning Durban performers Bryan Hiles, Darren King and Rowan Bartlett.
Get Knotted, centred on Las Vegas acts and trivia, is being staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (September 28 and 29) and at 2pm on Sunday (September 30).
The show follows the versatile trio’s earlier, light-hearted Las Vegas tribute shows, Tie a Knot In It and Tie Another Knot In It.
Expect lots of mirth and music from acts as diverse as Sia and Streisand, Presley and Parton, The Rat Pack and Robbie Williams. My full review of the show is available by clicking here
Tickets for the show cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards). A Family Pack discount during the first week of shows is also available – R300 total for two adults and two children.
One may take along one’s own meals or snacks to the venue, but no beverages as a pub is on the premises. Light meals and snacks may also be bought at the venue. Booking at Computicket or by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.
Among films new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is the animated Smallfoot, featuring the voice talents of James Corden, Channing Tatum and Zendaya. Co-directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, the film tells of a Yeti that is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “human” really do exist. It looks like it could be great fun.
Also new on circuit this weekend is Night School, a comedy directed by Michael D Lee. It stars Kevin Hart in a story about a group of troublemakers forced to attend night school in the hope that they will pass exams to finish high school.
SHOWBIZ TRIVIA: DO YOU KNOW?
Question: What South African group – essentially a group of session musicians headed by Graeme Beggs – had a huge hit in the 1970s with Mammy Blue?
Last week’s question was: What Disney child star of the 1970s made his uncredited movie debut in the Elvis Presley screen hit, It Happened At the World’s Fair, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for portraying Presley in the 1979 television film, Elvis? He was also Oscar-nominated for his role in 1983’s Silkwood, co-starring Meryl Streep and Cher? (Answer: Kurt Russell)