Acclaimed play at Seabrooke’s

Cara Roberts in Michael Taylor-Broderick’s widely acclaimed The King of Broken Things. The show has two Durban performances this week.

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BY BILLY SUTER

ONE of the most well-received productions at the 2018 Hilton Arts Festival is to have two performances at the cosy Seabrooke’s theatre at Durban High School on the Berea – at 7.30pm this Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26 – before it moves on to East London.

Written and directed by Durban lighting wizard and noted scriptwriter Michael Taylor-Broderick, the show is King of Broken Things, starring Cara Roberts, who is only available this week before heading for Johannesburg to perform in a Shakespeare production for schools.

It is short notice for the Durban run, but Cara is performing this show again in a month at a festival in East London so the two local shows are also serving as final run-through for that, explains Michael.

The world does its best to break everyone and everything, but afterwards most things are stronger in their broken places. The King of Broken Things is described as an adventurous and magical excursion into the rehabilitation of broken and discarded objects, hearts included.

An ingenious mix of old-school theatre magic and modern technology brings this enchanting tale to life in the most endearing way imaginable.

The King of Broken Things follows on from Michael’s successful, whimsical show 1 Man, 1 Light, which starred Belinda Henwood, and the ethereal Jakob, which starred Bryan Hiles.

“I’ve learnt a few things since becoming a father and this is an attempt to encourage grown-ups to revisit and re-inhabit the magical places in our minds where we freely and recklessly roamed as children,” says Michael.

“It’s about believing in and following your dreams throughout your lifetime. It’s dedicated to all the fathers who continue to inspire their children to believe in the magic and beauty of the world,” he adds

The show is Appropriate for family viewing. Tickets cost R100 for adults and R60 for those aged 15 and under.

To book, phone Stacey at 083 778 6090 or Michael at 083 7780 590. Tickets can also be bought at the venue on the night.


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