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Thursday, June 30, 2016


(Tess Tjasink & Marc Kay)
An exercise in imagine for young people. (Review by Caroline Smart)
Running at Rhumbelow Theatre over the school holidays, Little Red Riding Hood is the latest production for young people from the Actors Unemployed Company. A two-hander featuring Tess Tjasink and Marc Kay, it is based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Only this time, it’s based in Westville and Red is taking Granny some bunny chow because she isn’t well and can’t come to the Saturday braai and watch the rugby.
I would have liked to have seen more developed on this amusing aspect.
Tjasink is an engaging heroine and Kay a suitably scary Big Bad Wolf, who is in a sorry state because his wife ran off with a vampire.
Between them, they sing a number of songs and there are some very amusing moments – especially when Wolf can’t get Red to get his name – Lupe – right!
The stage is bare except for four small skeletal trees. Apart from Red Riding Hood’s basket and some articles inside it, there are no props other than the Wolf’s fearsome headpiece. At the beginning of the show, the audience is informed that they need to use their imagination – and this involves things like a huge steel cage, a R100 note, a map, a crossbow and a graffiti covered wall.
I thought the lack of props and the need to focus on imagining them might have been difficult for this morning’s young audience to grasp but Kay and Tjasink kept their attention riveted throughout.
The show runs for about three quarters of an hour and this is followed by a workshop in which the youngsters are introduced to mime techniques and the history and concept of mime itself. Another important feature is basic safety first knowledge. The workshop is included in the ticket price.
Presented by Rhumbelow Theatre in association with the Actors Unemployed Company, Little Red runs until July 16 with performances from Monday to Saturday. Shows at 10h00 except for Mondays and Thursdays when performance time is 14h00.
Tickets R70. Snacks and juices are on sale. Tickets are limited so don’t delay – bookings through computicket, Ailsa 083 250 2690 or Roland on or
Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo. There is limited secure parking. – Caroline Smart
(NB: Congratulations to Mark Kay who has just one first place in the SAFM Radio play competition for the second year running)