BY BILLY SUTER
SOME good news, at last, for theatre fans! The producers of Durban’s annual mini panto for adults, a festive season attraction since 1996, have announced their latest twisted fairytale, laden with song, comedy and sexual innuendo, will be back at the end of this year.
Titled Red Hot… Goes Down in the Woods!, this year’s mini panto will take the mickey out of the Little Red Ridinghood story. It is scheduled to run at 7.30pm from November 26 to December 30 at OnStage@Altitude in Greyville, home to the adult for the past five years. Tickets cost R150 each.
The venue is at 25 Silver Avenue, Greyville, and has ample safe street parking with security guards on duty.
Unless there are changes to coronavirus lockdown stipulations, performances will keep to current lockdown performance rules. Shows will be limited to 50 audience members, with the venue sanitised before and after each performance.
The show can also be booked for end-of-year corporate events, with the same maximum seating capacity. The adjacent KitchenKulture serves affordable meals. Contact Eon/Monique on 073 541 3284 for menu and catering requirements.
Red Hot… Goes Down in the Woods! has been written by versatile performer Roland Perold, who was last seen locally as the Knave of Hearts in KickstArt’s grand 2019 pantomime, Alice in Wonderland. Back in Durban after some years in the Cape, he is also the musical director of this year’s adult panto and will fill the role of Prince Chop-a-Lot.
“The panto tells of ‘Red-hot Ruby’, who is on the verge of an awakening with a rumbling in her… um, belly. She’s sent on her way to Grandma’s house with some helpful hints from ‘Mama-Ru’ and a basket full of interesting goodies. Can she withstand the advances of the Big Bad Wolf, or is it him who has to tread lightly?,” says Thomie Holtzhausen, owner of OnStage@Altitude.
Holtzhausen, who is directing the production this year, has long been a popular cast member of the adult pantos, and this year will fill the role of Mama-Ru.
Another popular panto cast member returning is leggy drag queen Anthony Stonier, who has been cast as Grandma. Stonier has appeared in all but two of Durban’s 24 naughty-but-nice pantos. Completing the cast of five are panto newcomer Leah Mari, in the title role. Mari has been seen in many of of Durban’s Young Performers’ youth musicals and won the DALRO Act Scholarship for performing arts.
Completing the cast isTommy Kidd, who plays the preppy and sophisticated Big Bad Wolf and also appears as Grandma’s butler Rimswell, assisting with her lounge act and outrageous demands.
Tickets are now available at Quicket at R150 a heat. Visit http://www.quicket.co.za