Having not been to the pantomime in almost 30 years, and being a Sunday afternoon and all (read in here lots of little people that make lots of noise) I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. That said, its Joburg Theatre, I should have known that any production on this stage would be awe inspiring – and true as bob, they lived up to their reputation.
Sleeping Beauty Pantomime takes the classic fairytale and puts a hilarious spin on it, in true South African fashion of course.
Performances by acting legend Tobie Cronje as Dame Nora Nursey, and South African television and theatre star Michelle Botha who played the Wicked Fairy Kakkamella Khakibos, complete in replica EFF outfit, with red beret, where the highlight performances of the show for me, however the entire cast pulled out all stops and worked so well together, that I almost couldn’t believe when it was time for the interval.
The story follows the life story of Princess Aurora-Adora who, on her christening day, is visited by the wicked fairy who places a curse on her, but never to fear, the good fairy god-mother, counteracts the spell with one of her own. On her 16th birthday young Aurora-Adora is tricked by the wicked fairy and falls in to a sleep a hundred years long. Time passes as we wait for the handsome prince to come and rescue her with true loves kiss. True to form the handsome prince cuts through the bushes that have grown around the castle and rescues the princess, with much jubilation, and no fairytale would be complete without a royal wedding and celebrations at the end.
New comer Christopher Jaftha, well known as a presenter on SABC 3’s Top Billing, lit up the stage as Prince Harry Hunkadore, and I was surprised that not only is this man a great presenter, but he can act, dance and sing as well – nothing sexier in my books!
The show, filled with musical numbers that had everyone singing along, a lost yellow Minion, even a gigantic spider that dropped from the ceiling during the scariest part, and had me literally shrieking in terror, were all part of a show that is bound to entertain and intrigue even the most avid theatre goer, young or old.
Don’t miss out on Sleeping Beauty Panto – running at Joburg Theatre until 30th December. Book your tickets by calling the box office on 0861 670 670 or visit www.joburgtheatre.com or even get them on twitter @joburgtheatre.