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Sunday, November 15, 2009


(Pic:Hamish Kyd and Dhaveshan Govender as Prof Gopal and Jamal)

eMakhosini Boutique Hotel and Conference Centre to host supper theatre on Sunday evenings.

The eMakhosini Boutique Hotel and Conference Centre in Upper Morningside is to host supper theatre evenings on Sundays at 17h00 from December 6.

Working in collaboration with well-known playwright and actor Hamish Kyd, eMakhosini’s first production will be one Hamish has written with Durban Theatre Award nominee Dhaveshan Govender. Titled Tjooners ‘n Crooners, it features the inimitable characters Prof Gopal and Jamal, played by Hamish Kyd and Dhaveshan Govender respectively, along with special guest artistes.

Prof. Gopal is an eccentric who was born and raised in Tin-Town before the floods. He now lives with his 80 year old Aunt Saris in Chatsworth. Although married, he is in hiding from his wife who he claims is the ugliest woman on earth. He relates many hilarious stories about growing up, courting and gambling at Greyville Racecourse and many of these tales revolve around his cousin Jamal. Gopal is a self-made Professor of Linguistics specializing in Durban English and, together with Aunt Saris, he has invented the Oxen Dictionary. His explanation of different pronunciations is hilarious.

Born Desigan Chetty, Jamal is still quite juvenile even though he is in his early 20’s and is dependent on Prof Gopal to make his decisions for him. Not the brightest of chaps, He has managed to pass Matric, but only due to some ingenious copying methods he perfected during school. He currently works as a tea-boy at a local funeral parlour, but his incompetence could see him fired on any given day. As he was raised by his mother and seven sisters, Jamal seeks out Prof for a father figure. Jamal is not stupid but very impressionable and easily swayed, especially when it comes to Prof. Gopal.

Prof Gopal and Jamal they teach at Dunz Senior Secondary, a school invented by Aunt Saris. The audience become “part-time students” who are striving to acquire their “matric certificate” and the guest artists on the show are successful “ex-students”.

Tjooners ‘n Crooners with Prof Gopal and Jamal offers a fun supper theatre show with hilarious South African comedy and featuring some of KZN’s top vocalists and dancers as guest artists. Guest artists on December 6 are Lenny Bowes, Bana George and Maya Spector.

Performances will take place every Sunday at 1700 from December 6. eMakhosini Boutique Hotel and Conference Centre in situated at 3 Lumsden Crescent, Morningside (off North Ridge Road near Kensington Heights). Bookings on 031 203 4500. There is secure parking on site.