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Sunday, January 25, 2015


(Shona Johnson)

Hailed as a “One-woman comedy riot... One of 2014’s top shows” (Estelle Sinkins, The Witness), playwright Clinton Marius’s new hit comedy B!*ch Stole My Doek starring Shona Johnson enjoyed a triumphant debut run at Durban’s Catalina Theatre in December. Sold-out return performances were staged by popular demand in January 2015. The production is now set to tour.

When award-winning playwright-director Clinton Marius showcased actress Shona Johnson in his sizzling new comedy B!*ch Stole My Doek, the production scored unanimous thumbs-ups from critics and public alike. “Has you laughing from start to finish” wrote Latoya Newman in The Daily News, while The Mercury’s arts editor Billy Suter found the show “a crowd-pleasing winner, well worth seeing, a triumph for both Johnson and Marius.”

“Great writing, great performance, great theatre!” stated film producer Junaid Ahmed about this Copy Dog production. “Most awesomely humorous portrayal of my coloured peeps!” wrote theatre practitioner Pauline Dalais.

A raucous satire with a twist, B!*ch Stole My Doek pokes fun at a war of words between two women over a missing item of laundry. Colourful language and irrational hysteria offer an insider’s view of life in Durban’s southern suburb of Wentworth, as the comical battle between neighbours heats up and boils over, with unexpected results.

Clinton Marius has numerous books, stage and radio productions to his credit, including the hit radio comedy series, Lollipop Lane. His first foray into writing for young audiences, The Fantastical Flea Circus, scooped all awards in the Children's Category in the 2011 Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. The following year Durban University of Technology (DUT) selected him as featured writer in their second annual Children's Theatre Festival, and staged five new plays penned by him, one of which, The Calf With No Name, is currently a school reader for Grade 8. For more about Clinton Marius’s shows visit

“Shona delighted youngsters when she performed in my recent rerun of The Fantastical Flea Circus in the Catalina Theatre’s inaugural Children’s Theatre Festival in October 2014. Working with her inspired me to create a wicked comedy built around her special gifts as a comedienne,” says Marius.

Shona Johnson graduated with the Best Student in Drama Studies award at DUT in 2008. In 2009, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since making her professional debut, appeared in ten productions, and has been nominated for four Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. She currently teaches at the Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy, and runs her own company - AWEH! Theatre - which focuses on children’s theatre.

B!*ch Stole My Doek starring Shona Johnson is available to tour in 2015. Theatre managements, corporates or promoters interested in hosting or hiring this hot-property production should contact Riaan Timson on 082 696 3507 / 031 309 8738, or on e-mail: