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Friday, October 16, 2015


(Antony Stonier & Darren King in full adult panto garb)

Currently running at Seabrooke’s Theatre is The Art of Being Ugly, a production that appeared on the recent Hilton Arts Festival.

Featuring well-known and highly popular Durban actors, Darren King and Anthony Stonier, it forms a good lead-up to the annual adult pantomime in which Stonier has appeared since its inception and which will be directed by King.

artSMart reviewer Keith Millar covered the production at Hilton and the following is taken from his review:

“King and Stonier are performance all-rounders who have in their celebrated careers been involved in most aspects of the performing arts. However, one area where they have particularly excelled - and, in Durban, have cornered the market - is the art of being ugly.

Between them, they have over the years played nearly every pantomime ugly from Snow White’s evil stepmother to Jack In the Beanstalk’s wretched mother, and of course the ubiquitous ugly sisters in Cinderella.

It is these experiences that they used to create their amusing production The Art of Being Ugly. In a performance which takes camp to a whole new level they offer an off-the-wall  insight into what takes place in a theatre dressing room as two tetchy actors prepare to take to the stage for their 364th appearance as Cinderella’s ugly sisters.

As they apply their makeup, glue on their ridiculous eyelashes and sort through their bizarre wigs and costumes, they indulge in waspish backstage banter and irreverent in-house jibes.

They even find time to break into song and dance on a number of occasions. Included are I’m All Alone from Shrek, What Happened To My Part from Spamalot, Just a Couple of Sisters from Nunsense and Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand’s Enough is Enough.

Stonier and King are entertaining performers who keep the energy and jokes flowing throughout the production. They are at their best when performing the songs included in the show. Although dressed in outlandish drag costumes they display their first-rate singing talents.

The Art of Being Ugly was directed by Peter Court. It is an enjoyable, if somewhat indulgent, production which would be appreciated by fans of adult pantomime. – Keith Millar

The Art of Being Ugly runs until November 1 at Seabrooke’s Theatre at Durban High School (DHS), 255 St. Thomas Road. Contact on 031 277 1500 or fax 031 277 1555 or visit