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Wednesday, November 27, 2019


 (Bryan Hiles, Philisiwe Ntintili, Darren King & Thomie Holtzhausen)
 Durban’s 23rd Annual Adult Panto 2019

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 took a traditional fairy tale and turned it upside down and inside out to reveal a very naughty underbelly. Now in its 23rd year, the Adult Panto is moving with the times and is yet again to set the stage on fire with laughter and great entertainment.

This festive season, the Adult Panto will again be staged in the quaint supper theatre venue OnStage@Altitude situated in Silver Avenue in Stamford Hill.

Titled 031 Temptations, it 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.

The Adult Panto has become “tradition” in Durban and attracts loads of locals and visitors. Over the years it has been staged in various venues/theatres until it became a flagship production at the local casino of a period of five years. Sadly, due to renovations at the venue, the team again had to find new premises. Luckily OnStage@Altitude opened its doors, providing a quaint 80-seater since 2016 and will again this year host the show. Some 25 performances will be held over the festive season. The show serves well as a year-end function to corporate companies.

In the past 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. With 031 Temptations, the Adult Panto team has created a potjie filled with delicious South African flavours spiced with sarcasm, innuendo and double entendres.
(Anthony Stonier)

Queer Illa De Lill (Darren King) is out to bring mayhem in the animal kingdom of Azania stirring the pot amongst the proletariat represented by Frik (Bryan Hiles) and Adele (Philisiwe Ntintili). Returning to the adult panto stage, a guest appearance by the formidable Anthony Stonier ensures a twist in the hilarious plot. Thomie Holtzhausen – Adult Panto director and scriptwriter, celebrating 12 years with the team, appears as Inspector Paul Hawks trying to restore law and order.

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. Tables seat 8 and arrangements for bigger groups/tables can be made.

Bookings or enquiries through Thomie Holtzhausen on 064 476 9533. OnStage@Altitude is situated in Slver Avenue, Stamford Hill.