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Wednesday, November 25, 2015


(Rory Booth & Bryan Hiles)

At last the time of year approaches for family fun and frolic! And what makes the holiday season in Durban even more feel-good and festive? The annual KickstArt pantomime! With all its popular songs, extravagant sets, sumptuous costumes and rib-tickling humour, it is as a guaranteed uplifting bonding experience for the whole family.

Directed by Steven Stead and designed this year by Peter Court, KickstArt presents its very own swashbuckling version of the classic fairy tale Puss in Boots, featuring the charming and charismatic Rory Booth in the title role.

It’s also a welcome back to panto stalwarts Bryan Hiles (as Puss’s hapless surfer-dude owner, Tom) and Darren King (Tom’s outrageous mother, the village baker Dame Marzipan). Every good panto needs a nasty villain, and rubber-faced, treacle-voiced Peter Court makes a meal of the dastardly Grimsby Withergood, a shape-shifting goblin wizard, while his nemesis, the good fairy, Calypso Honeybunch, is played with quirky style by much-loved Durban actress, Belinda Henwood.

More glamour comes in the form of two beautiful ladies, Londiwe Dhlomo, who plays the adventurous Princess Miranda, and Caitlin Kilburn as a slinky feline spy, Selina Swiftclaw. Rounding off the excellent cast is golden-voiced Lyle Buxton as a Johnny Bravo style mill owner, and Nhlakanepho Manqele as the jocular king of the enchanted island.

Puss in Boots runs in the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from December 5 to January 11. Booking is through Computicket: or by phoning 0861 915 8000. For block bookings and information on group discounts, contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places on 083 250 2690 or email

For more information about KickstArt Theatre or to join their mailing list, visit or follow on Facebook: KickstArt Theatre Productions and Friends of KickstArt. Twitter: @KickstartProd1