Greg King, the founder of KickstArt Productions, arguably KZN’s most successful theatre productions company, is teaching a drama class on set design to pupils at Wembley College in Greytown.
“This is the beauty of technology, it allows us to enjoy the input and expertise of talented individuals in a virtual-online space,” said the school.
Greg was raised in Pietermaritzburg on a healthy diet of pantomime and children’s plays by his theatre-loving parents. Determined to be a professional actor, he graduated from the University of Natal with a BA Hons in Drama.
In 2000, Greg founded KickstArt. In its beginnings this was a profit share theatre company that produced plays to the best of its ability using local actors and limited means. Actors usually split the bar takings at the end of the evening! With much hard work, generous support from the theatre community in Durban, and a grant from the National Arts Council, the company flourished.
In 2003 Greg was joined by Steven Stead as executive director. With a partner who shared his passion and artistic vision, Greg explored and found his true calling as a designer, and together they have built the company into an award-winning, nationally recognised theatre company producing everything from serious drama to panto.
In addition to countless sold out Durban performances, in partnership with theatre impresario Pieter Toerien, KickstArt has staged successful productions at Montecasino in Joburg and Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town.
Greg has designed and directed adaptations of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG. Some of the company’s other memorable productions include Sleeping Beauty, Camelot, Chicago and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The Wembley drama scholars are certainly going to benefit from Greg’s expertise and knowledge.