Oh my gosh, the panto has become an annual highlight on my calendar – I know it’s a kids show, but my gosh, the humour is just so adult and I always have the hugest laughs at the somewhat slapstick acting and funny goings on.
This years pantomime will be Snow White and will be running on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre from November 3rd – December 23rd.
Ex rugby player and talk show host on 702 for 30 years (he recently retired) John Robbie, will be taking one of the title roles this year – that of Major Dumb-ou.
Writer and Director Janice Honeyman “I’ve since discovered that there is also a great fun guy inside of John, who is keen to enthusiastically take on the humour and topicality of our crazy panto pranks. Inside his rugger-bugger exterior, there lies a canny wit and a mischievous but mellow interior. He’s a lekker, normal guy, not pretentious or pompous….I can’t wait to share our mutual sense of the silly”.
“For many years my mum put on the Christmas panto in my home town of Greystones in Ireland,” admits John Robbie. “As kids we had parts and I have never forgotten the fun of it all. Now, after thirty years on radio, I have the chance to re-live it all again on the professional stage. I was thrilled when approached by Bernard Jay and Janice Honeyman and, although terrified, accepted readily. I cannot wait. However,” he continues, “I warn you that I don’t normally sing and when I do, I don’t sing normally! Roll on the Festive Season!”
Snow White also stars South African movie, television, stage and comedy star Desmond Dube as Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon and comedian Ben Voss as the Wicked Queen Hildegonda Hoggenham.
Performance times vary according to the Festive Season schedule – consult www.joburgtheatre.com to get exact dates and times. Tickets range from R245 – R375 and can be booked at www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670.