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Saturday, November 3, 2018

TWICE UPON A MATTRESS


(Anthony Stonier)

For more than two decades the Durban Adult Panto has been a feature of the Festive Season – a reason to let your hair down and party the night away watching a show which takes a traditional fairy tale and turned it upside down and inside out to reveal a very naughty underbelly.

Now in its 22nd year, the Adult Panto is moving with the times and is yet again to set the stage on fire with laughter and great entertainment.

Over the years, the Adult Panto was staged in various venues/theatres until it became a flagship production at Suncoast Casino over a period of five years. Sadly, due to renovations at the venue, the team again had to find new premises. Luckily, Club Altitude opened its doors providing a quaint 80-seater since 2016 and will again this year host the show. Some 42 performances will be held over the festive season. The show often serves as a year-end function to corporate companies.

Over the past 22 years, the Panto has been based on a traditional fairy tale. This year, the script has been captured by the fairy tale of the Rainbow Nation. Be prepared for an experience with an edgy and a provocative sting. Entitled, Twice Upon A Mattress – the story of The Princess & The P, the Adult Panto team has created a potjie filled with delicious South African flavours spiced with sarcasm, innuendo and double entendres.

Anthony Stonier, in his 21st Adult Panto, is ready to mesmerize audiences with his golden voice as Queen Anna Bortion. The cast guarantees that every fe(male) will swoon over his legs and be courted by his melodic voice but will also die for his sarcastic wit. Celebrating 11 years with the team, Thomie Holtzhausen (Adult Panto director and scriptwriter) appears as the halfwit King Cole. Joining them is the talented Jaziel Vaugh’hann who returns to the panto stage with aplomb as various eager dames trying to get to the crown; Mpilo Nzimande with his comic antics returns in the role of the romantic lead as the Prince Valid and newcomer Philisiwe Ntintili (hold onto your seats, Durban – this promises to be a talent to watch!) is bound to steal many hearts as the Princess also doubling up as the palace fairy, Freeda Slaves.

Twice Upon A Mattress – the story of The Princess & The P guarantees a fabulous evening of light-hearted entertainment before partying the night away in the venue which transforms before your very eyes into a dance floor. The coloured strobes from the venue extend over Silver Avenue to reflect on the walls of the buildings opposite; the bustle of the normally active road is serene and your vehicles are quite safe under the watchful eyes of a car-guard or two, so that you can truly forget your cares and chuckle away at the on-stage antics,” says Holtzhausen.

Twice Upon A Mattress – the story of The Princess & The P will be staged at nStage@Altitude situated in Silver Avenue, Stamford Hill from November 13, 2018, to January 12, 2019.

Gather friends, family, colleagues and cronies – bring along a picnic basket (there is no restriction on the food being brought into the venue) and support the venue’s bar. Cost is R150pp. Tables seat 8 and there are only 10 tables in the venue.

For further information or to book as a group contact Thomie of ItsTaboo Production on 064 476 9533 or email: bookings@clubaltitude.co.za Online bookings can be done on Quicket, www.quicket.co.za