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Thursday, November 29, 2012


Orchestra, puppets and narrators combine to make magic with the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra, Clare Mortimer and the Actors Unemployed Company.

The Snowman is a delightful tale, based on the children's book by Raymond Briggs, which tells the story of a young boy who builds a Snowman who magically comes to life. Together they have an amazing midnight adventure, which includes a motorbike ride through the forest, and a magical flight to the North Pole, where they meet Father Christmas and have a party with all the other snowmen.

The music of Howard Blake, performed by the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra, provides an epic yet charming underscore for this enchanting story, and it is brought to life in the form of a puppet-show. The beautiful puppets and sets were constructed by Peter Court and Bryan Hiles of Creative Madness and manipulated by the members of the Actors Unemployed Company, Marc Kay, Adam Doré and Clinton Small. Clare Mortimer lends her voice as the Narrator and the production is directed and conducted by David Plank.

The Snowman runs at the Hexagon Theatre, UKZN Pietermaritzburg on December 8 and 9 at 10h00. Tickets R50 booked through the Hexagon on 033 260 5537 or email: