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Friday, February 6, 2015


(Graham Hopkins, Jonathan Roxmouth & Anthony Fridjhon. Pic by Jesse Kramer)

Superbly directed and presented delicious piece of Perfect Nonsense. (Review by Caroline Smart)

After sell-out performances and rave reviews in Cape Town and Johannesburg, KickstArt’s long-awaited Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense has finally reached Durban and opened on Thursday night. Sadly, load-shedding meant the production came to a grinding halt at interval much to the huge disappointment of all concerned.

However, I managed to catch the full un-loadshedded show this evening and, even having seen the first half before, remained entranced and delighted throughout.

Presented in association with Pieter Toerien, the play is another major achievement for the multi-multi- award winning KickstArt run by director Steven Stead and designer Greg King. Performed by three of South Africa’s top actors highly skilled in comedy – the extraordinarily talented Graham Hopkins, Jonathan Roxmouth and Robert Fridjhon - it’s a superbly directed and performed presentation of this delicious smash hit West End comedy

For the uninitiated, Jeeves is a character created by the late Sir Pelham Grenville (P G) Wodehouse. Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is a new play adapted from his works by the Goodale Brothers and was first performed in London in 2013. The production is set in the early 1930’s and Jeeves is valet to the aristocratic and likeable but none-too-bright Bertie Wooster.

It takes the format of Bertie Wooster relating his experiences at a weekend visit to Totleigh Towers where his friend has asked for his intervention in a personal matter. Slight problem. Bertie only has Jeeves and his aunt’s butler Seppings to portray a myriad of characters.

Fridjohn is called on to play Seppings as well as the bellowing Dahlia Travers, a tetchy policeman, the bandy-legged Butterfield and the towering Roderick Spode as well as an antique dealer. In a mind-blowing performance, Hopkins handles roles from the imperturbable Jeeves to the newt-collecting excitable Gussie Fink-Nottle, the stuffy Sir Watkin Bassett and the two ditsy young women, Madeline Bassett and Stiffy Bing. In the middle of all this chaos Jonathan Roxmouth holds it all together as an endearing and lovable Bertie.

The play is full of clever lines, hilarious scenes such as a drive into the country and highly effective set pieces. The terms lightning costume change or quick character reversal must surely top the record in this play. If you want a delightful evening out, you can’t go wrong here. Don’t miss it!

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus until February 15 with performances from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 with a matinee on Saturday at 14h30 and at 18h00 on Sunday. Booking is at Computicket ( or 0861 915 8000). For sold performances or group bookings, contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: or 083 250 2690.

There is a Valentine’s Day Gala Performance on February 14 at 19h30, with welcoming glasses of sparkling wine included in the ticket price. The ideal date: classy, stylish and irresistibly enjoyable! - Caroline Smart