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Saturday, March 10, 2012


Lisa Bobbert

Last night, the irrepressible Lisa Bobbert performed her show Bobbertlicious to a packed and hugely appreciative audience at the Stirling Theatre in Durban North.

This multi-award winning actress has wowed audiences for many years since she first started in Durban in the Playhouse Company’s Loft Theatre. She married a fellow Loft member, the equally irrepressible Aaron McIlroy, and together they have appeared in a number of their own smash hit productions as well as carving individual careers to great acclaim.

In Bobbertlicious, Lisa Bobbert opts to perform some of her favourite songs as well as some she acknowledges she doesn’t know very well - but nevertheless infuses them with her individual passion and humour. Engaging with the audience both on stage and among the dining tables, she bounces cheerfully through amusing repartee clad in a variety of attractive outfits.

Expect to hear Don’t Tell Mama, a number from Cabaret. Lisa appeared in KickstArt’s production of this show last year and she goes on to sing Whatever Happened to My Part? from Spamalot, a musical derived from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The number is a powerful vehicle for Lisa to vent her disappointment at being passed over for KickstArt’s Johannesburg season of Cabaret produced in association with Pieter Toerien.

Alternating from disarming shyness to full-blown powerhouse, her songs range from the raunchy Let's Get this Party Started to the moody My Baby Just Cares for Me and the very moving Firework.

She introduces one of her well-known characters – Delphine, the straight-talking car guard - and her Tina Turner was a hit with Proud Mary! Then there’s Bad Day, which was accompanied by some very amusing screened images, as well as Like a Virgin and the flamboyant New York. Dressed in baby doll pink, she performs Always a Bridesmaid, a number she sang in KickstArt’s I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change. She also proves that she can still whack a cymbal with a high kick!

The stage is fronted by white drapes and a ring of white paper Chinese lanterns and the lighting is effective.

Bobbertlicious has two more performances - March 10 at 20h00 and March 11 at 15h00 - at the Stirling Theatre in the Italian Club along Fairway near the Beachwood Golf Course. Tickets R80pp. Take picnic or snacks but the venue offers The Italian Club’s optional a la carte menu and a fully stocked bar. We enjoyed two good Regina pizzas with extra tomatoes for the reasonable price of R70.

There is plenty of secure parking. Bookings 076 786 1127 or 082 970 0002 or email (Regret no credit card facilities) More information at – Caroline Smart