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Sunday, August 21, 2011


(Barbara-Anne Puren)

Former Durban writer-performer Barbara-Anne Puren returns to her home town to share her take on love, relationships and romance… with a little help from her sassy saxophone.

“Tonight you’re going to hear the story of a girl… who eventually becomes a woman, and how at one the most fragile times of her life, this little guy, her “sexy-phone”, saved her…. The names of the people in this story have not been changed to protect the innocent. So come and take a journey through my life, from Divorced to Dating...” she says.

Directed by Daniel de Lange with lighting design by Grant Knottenbelt, Casual Sax is a wickedly entertaining one-woman show which unfolds a woman’s journey from difficult times to new beginnings. Barbara-Anne weaves well-loved jazz and blues standard songs – old and new – into her show, using her saxophone and voice to maximum effect.

This vivacious performer and showbiz entrepreneur is known for her smash-hit stage shows Feelin’ Groovy, Stage Fright, Men Are From Bars, Piano Man and Bad Boys; the latter three being big hits at her own venue, The Stage Door Theatre, in Melville. She’s made numerous cameo appearances in popular TV soaps such as Generations, Scandal and Egoli, and, as a voice-over artist, she has represented various brands, in addition to narrating the beautiful 57-part Earth Touch, for South Africa and Australia.

Barbara-Anne spent the final months of 2010 recording her own original songs, as well as original compositions by talented composer/pianist, Michael Watt; and is looking forward to sharing this work with her audiences in the very near future. Casual Sax is Barbara-Anne’s first one-woman show. She loves performing it, and gets a kick out the great response and audience feedback that it has generated so far! In her own words: “This show is very funny, a little bit sexy, very sassy… oh, and I get to wear wonderful outfits! What more could a girl want?”

Casual Sax has a short run at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest from August 31 to September 4. Tickets R190 include a two-course meal (R100 for show only - curtain-up at 20h30). The performance on Sunday, September 4 is a lunch-time show (12h30 for lunch, curtain up at 14h00 – tickets R165 or R100 for show only), The running time is about 90 minutes with no interval and is not recommended for persons under the age of 16. Bookings 031 765 4197 or online at

Casual Sax has two performances at the iZulu Theatre, Sibaya, on September 9 and 10 at 20h00. Tickets R120 booked through Computicket.