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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The adult pantomime kicks off in Pietermaritzburg!

The KZN tradition of adult panto began in 1996 in The Cellar with Sinderella which ran for close on six months. This year’s festive frolic is a return of this all-time favourite. It stars Anthony Stonier (who has starred in every adult panto) and Rowan Bartlett (who appears in his eighth annual panto) and features Thomie Holtzhausen and Jaz Cassimjee (who have both been in one previous panto) as well as Daisy Spencer and Rikki Hastings, both newcomers to the genre.

“Forget the economic woes of the world,” promises the publicity material. “Put reality aside and come and laugh at this song-filled piece of froth and fun. Huge talent! Zero intellectual content! Magnificent costumes! Fab music!”

Patrick Hyland, the author of Sinderella has this to say: “You must understand that this is a Museum Piece…a classic collection of some the most venerable knob jokes in the English language (some pre-dating Chaucer by several hundred years…the last remnants of the Great Plagiarism that ravished … sorry … RAVAGED the medieval panto world ). As such, many of the more fragile entendres are in a somewhat fragile condition and may not withstand the unsubtle handling of your usual cast of cured meats (well, there are a LOT of hams and generally a sizeable salami hidden somewhere)."

Sinderella kicks off this year at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg with performances on October 29 and 30 at 20h00. Tickets R80 booked through 033 260 5537 or email: