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Thursday, May 16, 2013


Further review on Dingalings Production by Debbie Mailovich.

The Catalina’s Quarter Beans Bru! walks you down Yusuf Dadoo Street today in order to capture Grey Street memory lane. Introducing you to all the unacknowledged sporting greats, the fafee gamblers, the dons, all areas unrecognized by the separate development of our unique South African history, the narrators, Vivian Moodly and Bassy Bhola, a pair of seasoned actors, are found awaiting a visit by Television food connoisseur Floyd, whom they mock with great enjoyment after his visit occurs during intermission, of course.

Written and directed by Yugan Naidoo, this is sheer entertainment with a little education thrown in for good measure. From the minute you enter the theatre, you’ve entered Patel’s Vegetarian Rest Room (renowned for their beans bunny) flanked by nostalgic bill boards with its own Eastern Mosaic cosa nostra. The play opens with genuine sales made by actors on stage and the relaxed air continues through to the final moments.

The play is filled with commiserations and past glories, as the actors transform from ‘hot potato’ British expats, to unemployed black hang-a-bouts trying to make a living, to typically older Indian gentlemen, all with accompanying accents, irony and humour. The sort of characters that exaggeration allows you to recognise as stereotypes and the actors tone down striving for honest reflections, adding to the audiences’ laughter and guffaws.

There is much you may be forced to suck up and swallow but all in good sport, and talking of sport, for those not au fait with Indian heros, the play travels back in time to recognize the greats of yesteryear. Sewsunker "Papwa" Sewgolum, the Indian golf caddie who beat Gary Player is mentioned and his fate bemoaned as he reaped no benefits other than receiving his trophy for winning the Natal Open Golf Championship outside in a heavy downpour which added to the dampening of his spirits also invoked by a banning order preventing him from further glory in 1963.

Making you wonder just “who framed Roger Rabbit?” The darker moments of the play are filled with bitter memories that reveal the consequences of a world with upside-down values, while lighter moments reminisce and celebrate the triumphs of men over adversity. If you are out for a night of fun, a little reverie and a good Beans Bunny Bru! then this one’s especially for you. The production by well-supported Dingaling Productions in conjunction with Catalina UnLtd is running at the Catalina Theatre until May 19 from Thursdays to Saturday at 20h00 and Sunday at 14h00 and 18h00. Tickets R100 and the show is just under two hours with intermission. Bookings on 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) or online at - Debbie Mailovich