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‘ Deca­dence’

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.

‘ Othello’

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.

‘ Wood­stock’

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.


EDM Fes­ti­val

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.

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