Mag­i­cal for the youth­ful mind

ESTELLE SINKINS takes a closer look at some of the child friendly the­atre shows you can take the lit­tle ones to this hol­i­day sea­son.

Weekend Witness - - Ar Ts -

THE Pla yhouse in Dur ban will re­sound with childr en’s laught er when the cas t of Skung­poomery takes to the stage from De­cem­ber 2 t o 21.

Skung­poomery, a run­away suc­cess in Bri­tain, is a whacky, hi­lar­i­ous and highly en­ter­tain­ing comic play tai­lored for the young, and the young at heart. It pr omises to be a firm favourite with the whole f am­ily this f es­tive sea­son.

But w hat e xactly is Skung­poomery? Sim­ply put, it’s the art of think­ing up a new word, de­cid­ing w hat it means and then do­ing it — an ex­cit­ing con­cept with a mag­i­cal im­pact on the youth­ful mind.

While the show guar­an­tees lots of fun and laugh­ter, it also boasts a won­drously cre­ative el­e­ment as the char­ac­ters, as well as the au­di­ence, in­dulge in clever word­play and disc over an en­tir ely ne w le xi­ con. Aimed at childr en aged be­tween se ven and 1 3, Skung ­ poomery f ea­tures t wo w acky he­roes, arm­chair philoso­pher Faz and his t witty as sis­tant, Twoo. Their li ves have be­come quit e lis tless and lack­ing in sparkle un­til Faz has an epiphan y and in­vents the g ame of Skung­poomery.

But all this also lands our he­roes in some s ticky sit­u­a­tions with their z any neigh­bours, Mrs Wib­ble and the Hum­bot toms, and Sergeant Stuff of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Force!

The pla ywright, the lat e Ken Camp­bell, had a spe­cial tal­ent for cap­tur­ing a c omic mo­ment and, as one critic put it, “blow­ing it up int o a gr eat bal­loon of id­i­otic f an­tasy”.

Tick­ets for the show, which is be­ing staged in the Loft The­atre, are R100 at C om­puticket and Sho­prite and Check­ers stores. Ev­ery child also g ets a spe­cial Skung­poomery g oodie b ag at the end of the sho w, dir ected by R alph La wson. Show­times ar e week­days at 12 noon and 2.30 pm and w eek­ends at 2 pm.

— Art s E ditor.

• art s@wit­ness.co.za

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Zen­zelisph­e­sihle S parky X ulu, A dam Dore and Belinda Henw ood s tar in Skung­poomery at the Pl ay­house.

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