Sail the seven seas with Sinbad
Described as ‘like a cartoon on steroids’, it is sure to thrill the kids
WHAT would the festive season be without KickstArt Theatre Company’s annual pantomime?
The multiaward winning production house will be presenting the family show Sinbad the Sailor, at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on the University of KwaZuluNatal’s Howard College campus from December 1 to January 7.
This year marks KickstArt’s 14th annual pantomime and the eighth show written by Steven Stead since 2004.
It is a riotous romp over the seven seas in the company of the famous sailor Sinbad and his madcap crew and family.
With gloriously colourful sets and costumes that evoke the mystery and magic of the Arabian Nights, and exciting music and dance inspired by Bollywood, Sin
bad the Sailor promises to be an unforgettable pantomime experience for the entire family.
Lyle Buxton plays the title role, with panto regulars Bryan Hiles as Dame Donna Kebab, Darren King as Long John Slithe and Belinda Henwood as Morgiana the Magnificent.
The heroine of the piece is Princess Marina (Amanda Kunene) and the magical largerthanlife Genie of the Seven Seas is Sandile Mabaso.
The cast is rounded out by Marion Loudon as the nononsense Ameena, Graeme Wicks as the deliciously vague Silly Billy Souvlaki, and Mothokozisi Zulu as trusty pirate sidekick Mustapha Kitkat.
Making up the chorus are Kirsty Ndawo, Katherine Anderson, Pavishen Paideya and Muvo Hlongwa na.
Stead said he is excited about the project and is looking forward to transporting audiences to a magical faraway place.
“The show is like a cartoon on steroids — with a lot of heart,” he said, adding that he enjoys the fact that the story will have an element of surprise.
“Even though the characters and context are wellknown, it is not a familiar fairy story.
“The look is rich colours in peacock hues, delicate fretwork, lanterns, minurettes, exotic islands and pirate ships.”
Stead has also chosen an interesting soundtrack for the panto, fusing accessible contemporary music with muchloved tunes, underpinned with an Eastern beat, Indo Arabic flavour and percussive influences.
The show, which is designed by Greg King, with choreography by Evashnee Pillay, lighting by Tina le Roux, sound by Ross van Wyk and musical supervision by Jason Bird, will be staged at 2.30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, with a 7 pm show on Friday evenings.
There will be no shows on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.
Tickets range from R150 to R230 (R120 to R180 for pensioners and children under 12). The special previews and schools prices are R130 throughout.
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Lyle Buxton as Sinbad the Sailor and Belinda Henwood as Morgiana the Magnificent.