Hi­lar­i­ous ‘Sin­bad’ a re­fresh­ing fes­tive treat

The Herald (South Africa) - - Leisure - Devon Koen [email protected]­soblack­star.co.za

“Of all the sto­ries that have been told, in all the lands and lan­guages … the great­est one of all was Sin­bad.”

This is the per­fect way to in­tro­duce the au­di­ence to Pe­mads’ lat­est fun-filled, laugh-aminute pro­duc­tion of Sin­bad.

No end of year is quite the same with­out an an­nual pan­tomime and the­atre-go­ers are in for a treat as Pe­mads brings to the stage an­other fresh mu­si­cal the­atre gem.

With fan­tas­tic cos­tumes, well-placed props and seam­less scene changes, Sin­bad the Pan­tomime lives up to much of its hype as a re­fresh­ing step away from the more re­cent Cin­derella, Snow White and Sleep­ing Beauty.

Writ­ten by Dur­ban­ite Steven Stead and di­rected by Bay the­atre stal­wart Les­lie Spey­ers, Sin­bad is lit­tered with tongue-in-cheek snip­pets of cul­tural and con­tem­po­rary is­sues, bring­ing the pro­duc­tion to the au­di­ence in an en­gag­ing and re­lat­able way.

With Richard Camp­bell as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and Sian-Beth Hitch­ner chore­ograph­ing the mu­si­cal num­bers, this panto will leave you tap­ping your feet and singing along to well­known con­tem­po­rary hits.

Main pro­tag­o­nist Glenn McIl­roy will melt many hearts with a voice sel­dom heard on stage in Port El­iz­a­beth. He is com­fort­able in his role as Sin­bad and ex­udes con­fi­dence through­out.

The hero­ine in the tale of love, greed, friend­ship and jolly fun is Ma­rina, played by Abi­gail Ran­well.

Ran­well’s char­ac­ter is com­plete and well rounded, and a good choice to place along­side McIl­roy.

Ma­rina’s long-time nurse and carer Ameena (Kath­leen Fouche) is a force to be reck­oned with and de­liv­ers some truly hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments.

Sin­bad’s mother and pan­to­dame Donna Ke­bab (Jaydee Mul­der) brings to life the over­the-top dairy queen who spends her days churn­ing camel milk be­fore be­ing swept away on an ad­ven­ture.

No one will eas­ily for­get Dame Donna and her son Silly Billy (Daniel Hamil­ton) as they ren­der a mash-up of Kelis’s Milk­shake and Black Eyed Peas’s My Humps – hi­lar­i­ous to the point that it’s al­most scan­dalous.

No pan­tomime would be com­plete with­out an evil vil­lain hell-bent on ru­in­ing ev­ery­one’s fun. Alieshea Van­der­ryken as the evil Sul­tana of Bagh­dad, Mor­giana, sets in mo­tion an epic jour­ney for Sin­bad and his en­tourage who set sail in search of a magic pearl.

Rod An­drews as swash­buck­ling pi­rate Cap­tain Long John Slither, and his some­what way­ward right-hand man Mush­tapha KitKat, played by David Jor­daan, bring home the comedic re­lief.

Also look out for Dim­ple the camel, who has no lines but is a hoot to watch.

For a great fam­ily out­ing head to the Lit­tle The­atre in Cen­tral. Shows start at 7.30pm on week­days (no Mon­day show).

On Satur­days the shows are at 2.30 and 7.30pm and Sun­day the show is at 2.30pm only. The run ends De­cem­ber 15 and tick­ets are R90 at Com­puticket. ● In­quiries: Liz Jor­daan on 082561-5448 or visit Pe­mads’s Face­book page.

Pic­ture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

PAN­TOMIME PAIR: Jaydee Mul­der, left, is Dame Donna and Daniel Hamil­ton is Silly Billy in ‘Sin­bad the Sailor’

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