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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


(Mpume Mthombeni and Shika Budhoo)

I-Puppeti, the entertaining children’s show that debuted at this year's Musho! Festival, returns to Durban’s Catalina Theatre these Easter holidays.

Writer Clinton Marius, whose children’s production The Fantastical Flea Circus scooped four awards in last year’s Mercury Durban Theatre Awards, created i-Puppeti, a fun and frolicking adventure for primary and pre-primary children. This jolly production explores the many types of puppetry, including sock, hand, stick, string, shadow and giant puppets. The story teaches children the valuable lessons of self-acceptance, friendship, listening to parents, eating healthily, exercising, how damaging bullying can be, and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

i-Puppeti stars award-winning actress, Shika Budhoo (The Fantastical Flea Circus, Shika-land, Spice 'n Stuff, Jimbo) and audience favourite, Mpume Mthombeni (Tin Bucket Drum, Amagamma Amathathu, Brer Rabbit & Friends, Godspell).

The show is co-directed by Clinton Marius (best known for creating the hit radio soapie, Lollipop Lane) and popular Durban actor, Dhaveshan Govender, with puppets by Ingrid Diener.

I-Puppeti runs at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf daily from March 24 to April 1 at 11h00 with an optional boat ride around Durban’s beautiful harbour. Tickets R45 (R60 with a boat ride). Block bookings for 10 or more are R40 and R55 with a boat ride. For bookings call the Catalina box office 031 305 6889 or book online at