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