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Sunday, July 17, 2016


(Bongani Mbatha. Pic by Val Adamson)

Copy Dog in association with The Playhouse Company will present Sweetie Darling, a new one-man stage comedy by multiple award-winning playwright-director Clinton Marius (Lollipop Lane, The Fantastical Flea Circus, B!*ch Stole My Doek). Starring the popular Durban actor, Bongani Mbatha, Sweetie Darling will play in The Loft Theatre from July 19 to 24.

Sweetie Darling is a romantic comedy about a young man who goes all out to prove himself. While he sets up a picnic in the park for his sweetheart, he recounts the ups and downs of his journey to happiness. As he finds himself, and love, he also finds his path to spiritual growth.

The production made its debut performance in January 2016 at Durban’s Musho! Festival where it won the coveted Suliman Family Trust award for the best production on the festival, as well as a judges’ award. Keith Millar’s review for artSMart states: “Clinton Marius’ script is very funny. While most of the humour is situational, there are many topical quips which are quite hilarious. His understanding of the characteristics and nature of a culture other than his own is remarkable. Marius’s deft hand was also apparent as the director of the production.”

Actor Bongani Mbatha made his professional debut in 2000, performing in The Playhouse Company’s New Stages production, Nomalizo by Bonginkosi Shangase. Subsequent hits include among others, the award-winning Maluju Zulu at the Market Theatre (2003), Ngicela uxolo (2008), Kudela Owawziyo (2009), Sophiatown (2013), All Gone and Skungpoomery (2014).

The production went on to score a hit at the Hexagon Theatre’s Mini Festival in Pietermaritzburg in February and played on the 2016 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown. It has just returned from appearing in the University of the Witwatersrand’s 969 Festival in Johannesburg.

Sweetie Darling will run in The Playhouse Loft from July 19 to 24. Performances will be at 19h30 from Tuesday to Saturday (July 19 to 23), and on Sunday (July 24) at 14h30. Tickets R50 (Tuesday and Wednesday performances) and R85 (Friday to Sunday). Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or at Bookings can also be made via the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 (office hours).

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