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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


(Koobeshen Naidoo, Katinga Buserello & Henry Ramkisoon)

Charming and amiable production filled with much interaction. (Review by Caroline Smart)

Unfortunately, with both main artSMart reviewers away in Grahamstown, the Dingalings’ holiday show Sleeping Beauty lost out with a review at the beginning of their run.

However, I managed to catch it this morning and was glad I did - hopefully to persuade families to catch it in its final performances. It’s a charming, amiable production filled with much interaction.

There is much humour to amuse the adults as well, delivered in inimitable form by Koobeshen Naidoo (who also plays King Philip) and Henry Ramkisoon who play the good fairies in knockabout comedy style. They also return later as an Oriental prince (Naidoo) and a Bollywood-styled Rajah from Rajastan (Kissoon) – scenes that also drew much laughter.

Katinga Buserello is gracious as Queen Leah and suitably charming as Princess Phoebe while Nirvana Naidoo makes a scary wicked witch, Malevicent, and Nickiel Ramkisoon doubles as the Herald and Prince of Foreverland.

In productions like these, it’s often just as delightful to listen to the youngsters’ responses. After all – they are the target audience. When asked what kind of dance the fairies should do, one youngster called out “Virgin Active”. I’m still trying to work that out!

The children are energetic in their vocal responses or going on to the stage to be “presented” to the Royal Princess and later on to dance at the finale. Audience members – young and older - are encouraged to dress for the Princess's banquet and bring a gift-wrapped box to be part of the action on stage.

The set has a brightly coloured backcloth with a magical castle climbing into the clouds, mountains and red roses. Two impressive spangled chairs represent the thrones of the royal couple and a shrouded image covers the spinning wheel until it is time for it to makes its appearance. At this point this morning, one little girl got extremely distressed, knowing what had been prophesied. Such was her involvement in the storyline that she yelled at the wicked witch to go away and loudly exclaimed that she wanted to go home!

I did feel that the ending was too abrupt and could have done with another scene for a more effective closure.

The hour-long show is directed by award-winning Kumseela Naidoo and runs for three more performances until July 18 at Catalina Theatre, Wilson’s Wharf above Zachs restaurant. Tickets R80 booked through Computicket online or at Shoprite Checkers.

Audiences can opt to buy a value ticket for the show and lunch at Spur and pay a discounted rate for a boat ride around the harbour making it a highly entertaining holiday treat.

For more information email: or WhatsApp 083 793 9969. – Caroline Smart