Family fun with great shows to choose from this festive season
(picture: Zoleka Helesi, Marty Kintu and Janice Honeyman in ‘Bangalory’s Back’
– Picture by Andrew Brown)
December 9 to January 9
‘Bangalory’s Back’ is a charming and delightful show, ideally suited for children aged 5 to 12, and sees the return to the stage of the multi-award-winning Janice Honeyman, after decades of directing theatre.
In the 1970s she became a household name in South Africa when she presented one of the very first children’s television shows, ‘Bangalory Time’, at 6.10pm on SABC on Wednesday nights, and which had many families glued to their screens. Janice, along with Zoleka Helesi and Marty Kintu bring back the masterful art of entertainment for the young (and older), with a morning of fun story-making, merry music, comedy, puppetry and tale-telling. Add in a few silly limericks, some sweet little riddles, a dollop of dot-to-dots, jigsaw puzzles, sing-a-long and voila! – perfect summer fun for the entire family.
‘Remembering the Lux’
Until January 9
The iconic Luxurama Theatre and the artists who performed there will be celebrated in this brand new and first tribute, ‘Remembering The Lux’, written and directed by Alistair Izobell and Lara Foot and featuring a stellar cast and live band. Set to be the undisputed highlight of the festive season, the dynamic cast will bring to life its history and revive the heyday of this grand old dame of entertainment and cinema, through stories, memories, anecdotes and classic hit songs, guaranteed to get audiences singing along and dancing in their seats. Izobell has assembled a stellar ensemble featuring himself, Terry Fortune, Terry Hector, Loukmaan Adams, Niesha Abrahams, Leslie Kleinsmith, Giempie Vardien, Nur Abrahams and Kashiefa Blaauw, accompanied by a six-piece live band, led by Donveno Prins.
‘Stuart Taylor’s 2015 in Revue’
Until January 9
Stuart Taylor, Oscar Petersen and Mel Jones take a comedic look at 2015 – the highlights, the lowlights and the lack of lights, thanks mainly to Eskom. Fresh from scooping the Standard Bank Ovation Award for comedy at this year’s National Arts Festival, Taylor brings local audiences the hottest and most topical comedy offering over the festive season. It is a feel-good comedy show – from stand-up to comedy sketches and special guest comedians, join the hilarious team as they say goodbye (and for some, good riddance) to 2015 and bid a warm hello and welcome to an amazing 2016.
Local audiences can expect a triple dose of comedy as Stuart, Mel and Oscar bring their unique flavour of humour and entertainment to the show.
‘Platform 9 Two Park Station’
December 14 to January 16
Following the success of their 2013 hit production ‘Platform 9’, local television hunks Maurice Paige from ‘Isidingo’ and Theodore Jantjies from ‘7de Laan’ once again team up with director Christo Davids (also from ‘7de Laan’-fame) to present this sequel ‘Platform 9 Two Park Station’. Two friends travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg by train and along the way they encounter some really interesting and funny characters. It is a heartwarming and side-splitting story about friendship, trust and human relationships.
New Year’s Eve party
The Baxter’s usually sold-out New Year’s Eve party will commence straight after the shows on December 31 and will include the traditional balloon-drop, a complimentary glass of bubbly or orange juice and a live band led by the inimitable Nur Abrahams. Abrahams and his group will get the party going as they sing popular dance hits and entertain the audience as we herald in the new year. Light meals will be on sale. Early booking is highly recommended. Join the fun by choosing from three great shows and party your way into 2016.