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Sunday, October 5, 2014


(Khanyisani Kheswa & Shona Johnson. Pic by Val Adamson)

Roll up, roll up! The circus is back in town! The colourful children’s show The Fantastical Flea Circus returns to Durban from October 6 to 11 2014 with a sparkling new cast…

First staged in 2011 at the Catalina Theatre, this hugely popular production scooped all awards in the Children’s Category at that year’s Durban Theatre Awards. Since then, its Small Top antics have been seen by thousands of delighted youngsters, playing at schools and venues throughout the province.

A jolly mix of song, dance, rhyming verse and clever tricks, The Fantastical Flea Circus is written and directed by Clinton Marius, creator of the much-loved radio soapie, Lollipop Lane. The production stars award-winning actress Shona Johnson as world-renowned opera singer, Duchess De Nunu, and talented newcomer Khanyisani Kheswa as her travelling companion and Professor of Fleaology, Dr Khanyisani.

Together, the high-spirited duo present a merry band of fleas that perform an exciting line-up of circus acts, including a high-wire routine, car races, a cannonball and bull’s eye stunt, a high-dive act, a strong-o-mometer contest, and a disappearing hand-trick.

The Fantastical Flea Circus forms part of the inaugural Durban Children’s Festival set to run at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf from 6 to 11 October 2014. Making time for the little ones this holiday, Catalina Theatre will play host to an array of productions, artists and workshops aimed at entertaining and enlightening children.

The line-up features some of Durban's finest production houses doing their best to keep theatre alive by developing the imaginations of our future theatre makers and audiences. All-day fringe entertainment is on the cards for both children and adults, as they wait for the shows to start.

Performance times of The Fantastical Flea Circus are as follows: Monday 6 October at 14h00; Tuesday 7 October at 14h00, Wednesday 8 October at 16h00, Thursday 9 October at 12h00, Friday 10 October at 10h00 and Saturday 11 October at 12h00. Pre-booked tickets at R60 are available through Computicket at 0861915800 or online at