ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BLUNT Productions is staging the Burlesque- era music revue Decadence ( pictured), at Seabrooke’s Theatre at Durban High School from today until February 25. The show follows the journey of Anastasia, a beautiful young dancer who has always enjoyed playing the line between being a model performer on the straight and narrow, and giving in to her darker desires. She soon attracts the attention of two legendary dancers: Cecilia, who is prim, proper, respectable and believes in all that is deemed morally appropriate; and Jocasta, who believes in seduction and manipulation to get her way and isn’t too worried about what other people may think. Anastasia then becomes the subject of a bet to see which school of thought is better in the dance world. Along the way, both sides tempt, dupe, sway and convince Anastasia into picking their side. Performances of Decadence are at 7 pm, and 2 pm on February 21. Tickets are R100 online through webtickets and the show is suitable for high- school pupils.
‘ Defending the Planet # 2’
AARON McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert star in Defending The Planet # 2, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu- Natal Howard College campus until March 15. Written by Susan Monteregge and directed by Darren King, the story focuses on a self- help group of victims of alien abductions, formed to examine these and other close encounters of various kinds. Performance times are Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are R150 ( students and pensioners R120) at Computicket and Shoprite and Checkers stores.
THINK Theatre Company’s Othello is at the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban until March 20 before heading off to Richards Bay, Port Shepstone and northern KZN between March 23 and March 26. Presented in association with the Playhouse Company, Othello is directed by award- winning actress Clare Mortimer, who also plays the role of Emilia, wife of the villainous Iago, in the production. Joining her on stage are Durban Theatre Award- winner Nhlakanipho Manqele, who reprises the title role, with Cara Roberts returning as his ill- fated young wife Desdemona, Clinton Small as Iago and Marc Kay as Cassio. Schools performances are at 9 am and noon daily, Monday to Friday. Booking is through Doreen Stanley at 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668, fax at 086 402 9592 or 033 343 4884, or through e- mail at doreen@ thinktheatre. co. za.
IF you love the era of flower power, then you are going to love Woodstock, which is being staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. The Reals — Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew — together with vocalist Marion Loudon, will be performing music from the Woodstock festival, which took place from August 15 to August 18, 1969. In the show, which is being staged at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Alan Paton Road, Pietermaritzburg, at 8 pm on Saturday, and 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, you can listen to music from the sixties and watch audio- visual excerpts from Woodstock on new screens. Dress up in Woodstock style and stand a chance of winning the best- dressed prize. Booking is essential. Tickets cost R120 ( pensioners are R100) at Computicket and Shoprite and Checkers stores. Take food picnic baskets but no drinks. There is a cash bar. Inquiries: Roland at 082 499 8636 or e- mail roland@ stansell. za. net.
ON Saturday, the EDM Festival is coming to Pietermaritzburg. Maritzburg College is hosting some of the top DJs in the country such as Euphonik, Suzo B and Funky B. This well- monitored party for U18s only will take place at the Alan Paton Hall. Tickets and more information at www. edmfestsa. co. za, or contact the school at 033 342 9376 or leroya@ mcollege. co. za.
Dan Patlansky in KZN
SOUTH African blues legend Dan Patlansky will be performing at The Dutch in Umhlanga at 8.30 pm today as part of a nationwide tour delivering solo acoustic performances of songs from his album Wooden Thoughts and other crowd favourites. To book tickets, e- mail Tamarin at godutch@ the dutch. co. za or phone 031 561 6969. Patlansky will also be performing at Open Strings in Kloof at 8 pm tomorrow. Tickets are R150. E- mail rodnichols@ telkomsa. net to book.