……BY BILLY SUTER……
DURBAN’S theatre scene is starting to spark after seven months under coronavirus restrictions – and now, starting this week, six consecutive weekends of varied entertainment, including music, comedy, drama and drag, have been scheduled for OnStage@Altitude.
There’s more – after this full programme, the intimate venue will present another of its annual naughty mini pantomimes: Red Hot, a nudge-wink twisting of the Little Red Ridinghood fairy tale.
OnStage @Altitude is at 25 Silver Avenue, Stamford Hill. Parking with guards is available directly adjacent to the venue. Alternatively, Uber or Bolt are suggested for additional peace of mind.
The season begins this Friday to Sunday (October 15 to 17) with Thulile Zama and David Smith presenting a concert highlighting jazz and Afro-jazz. This will be followed next weekend, October 22 to 24, by Step Out with Masood Boomgard, a comedy competition also featuring six other comedians, presented under the auspices of Friends of SA Comedy.
Award-winning Durban singer-actress and comedienne, Lisa Bobbert, will present her colourful solo show, Bobbertlicious, on October 29 and 30, with a matinee on November 1, after which popular panto dame, Anthony Stonier, will put on his heels and eyelashes again for a show titled Dora Hardyke: The Mmm! Tour – aLIVE… Just!, from November 5 to 7.
The Gee Jays vocal trio – comprising Marion Loudon, John Didlick and Grant Bell – is scheduled to present its latest mix of song and comedy, Unlocked, from November 12 to 14.
A new work, Flame in the Snow, a drama based on correspondence between Ingrid Jonker and André Brink – featuring Cara Roberts and Mpilo Nzimande under the direction of Bryan Hiles – completes the season with performances from November 19 to 21.
OnStage @Altitude is scheduled to present its all-new naughty panto, Red Hot, from November 26 to December 30. It was originally advertised as featuring a script and musical direction by Roland Perold, who was also tagged to be among the cast, but that has now changed.
Contractual commitments have seen Perold no longer involved with the panto, for which Thomie Holtzhausen will now provide the script. Darren King set to direct a cast including Holtzhausen, Bryan Hiles, Anthony Stonier, Leah Mari and Tommy Kyd.
Seating at the venue is unreserved, to be allocated on arrival, with all Covid-19 protocols being observed.
Doors open at 6pm for showtime at 7.30pm. A cash bar is available, and the adjacent KitchenKulture offers a light-meal a la carte menu. WhatsApp Eon on 073 541 3284 to receive the menu and pre-order your meal.
“After the shows we party the night away. Sadly, we close at 11.45pm to abide by the curfew rules,” says club owner Thomie Holtzhausen.
Strict health protocols apply. All ticket-holders will be sent a Covid-19 questionnaire for completion prior to arrival.
Booking is through Quicket at www.Quicket.co.za