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Thursday, December 21, 2023



(Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIlroy giving a vague glimpse of their capacity to be a Mr and Mrs Normal)

Die-hard Bobbert/McIlroy fans are introduced to some great new characters and some of the old favourites make an appearance, too

Taking place at the Northlands Bowling Club, Mr And Mrs Normal is billed as an ‘’all-you-can-eat comedy buffet - a zany musical smorgasbord to cater for all theatrical tastes’ the production of Mr and Mrs Normal featuring Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIiroy delivers just that. 

The Northlands Bowling Club in Margaret Maytom Avenue, Durban North provides a comfortable setting for the show with a lovely outside area for a pre-show drink. (From the full bar offering favourable prices) Bring your own picnic basket and you can eat outside or in the theatre and then enjoy the ‘feast’ of festive fun.

Bobbert and McIiroy hit the ground running and open the show with a pair of ‘gym bunnies’ where just the visual of McIlroy with a cup size to challenge that of Bobbert’s had us laughing before they had even uttered a word. Die-hard Bobbert/McIlroy fans are introduced to some great new characters and some of the old favourites make an appearance, too. Bobbert’s rendition of a carguard’s version of ‘I dreamed…’ never ceases to entertain while she impresses us with her vocal prowess.

The old couple singing clever lyrics to well-played acoustic guitar, the Mexicans - Ricky and Martin, and VeeJay in his green tracksuit, all make relevant social comments and give sound advice on how to survive in our current world while giving our laughter muscles a terrific workout. Watch out for VeeJay, though! His quick brain and sharp tongue will take you out at the knees if you do not rise to the occasion and give as much as you would like to get.

Bobbert and McIlroy take ownership of the space; their entertaining antics are not being restricted to the stage alone. Seemingly effortless costume, make-up and wig changes keeps the audience guessing as to who is going to appear next and from where. These actors engage so naturally with each other and with the audience that the auditorium becomes part of the performance area - a 4D live theatre experience.

Directed by the multi-talented Daisy Spencer, the show, with its array of dancing and singing characters, will keep you laughing and on your toes, with the audience invited (or given no choice in the matter at all) to play their part. This feel-good show is just what we need at the end of 2023, so bring your Fun A-game, your family, friends, and neighbours and ‘finish the year with a bang’ with this festive party treat

Tickets R220 (R200 pensioners. R180 Under 13). R180 Northlands Bowling Club Members

Performances:  December 19 to 24, and December 27 to 31 at 19h30. Doors open at 18h00 for snacks (byo) and drinks (full bar available). Dance music till 01h00 on December 31/January 1

Bookings: or Computicket or - Romi Schumann