When I heard that Priscilla was showing in Cape Town and Joburg this year, I knew we needed to do something special. I would attend the JoBurg leg, but we needed eyes on the ground in Cape Town....and for that, only one fabulous woman would do. The Blue Haired Betty!!
A call or two and all was arranged. Once again huge thanks need to go to Debra De Souza...Publicist extraordinaire who will always move mountains to help with requests from her media people.
Note: OF COURSE I will be attending this fantastic show as well. Keep an eye out for my review after the 30th of April !!
And so, with a HUGE thank you for representing the Psychedelic Cow Blog in Cape Town... the CT Priscilla review by our guest writer: The Blue Hair Betty:
I can’t recall ever speaking to someone who hasn’t watched the Priscilla Queen of the Desert movie…or maybe it’s just the circles I move in. Personally, it is a movie that gets popped into the DVD player at least every few years when I need a pick me up of glitter, fantasy and well…cocks in frocks on a rock.
Needless to say when the gossip started circulating that Priscilla The Musical was being put on in South Africa I was going to be sure that I got my sparkly-manicured fingers on a ticket! Being invited to attend the grand opening by Psychedelic Cow was a royal treat.
The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town has a real unchanging old-world charm and arriving to a foyer filled with a welcoming committee donning sparkly top hats and pink feather boas, it was heart-warming to see some theatre-goers also arriving dressed-to-impress. From feather headdresses (although I will remind you to bear in mind the poor soul having to sit behind you), golden mini-skirts and a gentleman in a most glorious diamante-encrusted frock paired with leather sandals.
No one in the audience was however going to upstage the cast! From the moment curtains go up your eyes dazzle – with costumes decorated with sequins, faces adorned with glitter ( about 1.5 pounds a month) head-spinning sets and some eye-watering splits by a very talented and supple Phillip Schnetler (Adam/Felicia)…the cheeky glimpses of butt cheek are very pleasing on the eyes as well.
On the eve of my theatre attendance I happened to get chatting to a friend who had not only seen the show in London, but also attended one of the local “practice runs” a few days before. He assured me the South African production was world-class, being as good as the production he first saw in London. That being said I had very high expectations for the show, especially attending it with a partner who wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, and I was hoping would be dazzled by the theatre show.
From the audience perspective it cannot be said that any expense was spared. From high-flying divas, live musicians, 220 costume changes of 471 costumes and a talented cast from leads, supporting cast and dance chorus-line – each character is meticulously costumed and choreographed, and no nuance of comedy is lost.
My partner most enjoyed transgender Bernadette’s wicked humour and at the first appearance of David Dennis in blond wig and black mourning attire perched on a leopard print chair, said he actually wasn’t sure if it was a man or a woman – goal achieved I’d say!
For me, each character in turn has a moment where they are “my favourite”, and together the three work together seamlessly to ensure not only that choreographic moments are on point, heartfelt moments are sincere, but also that every moment of comedic timing is captured. Even in a large theatre environment small cocks of the head or a side-ways glare easily convey the sexual innuendos and sarcasm which are such an integral part of the show.
When I first read in the program that Daniel Buys (Tick/Mitzi) was a top 5 finalist in SA Idols I was very keen to see what he would do in such an ‘alternative’ role, however he played it wonderfully. Especially with Tick being a character caught between wanting to be a good father figure and still live his life as a gay drag artiste, he easily moved from the flamboyant ‘Mitzi’ to a down-to-earth Tick, where a heartfelt moment between him and his young son Benji had the entire audience rooting and clapping.
Without ignoring the glitz and glam which are such an integral part of the Priscilla story, it is not to miss that at the heart of it there is a very important message of self-love and respect. We may not all have the chance to traverse the Australian outback in search of ourselves, but a trip to the theatre is way more fun in my opinion, anyway! We can all learn a lesson from these three queens – be true to yourself, respect others, and don’t be so damn bothered by what others may think of you…your tribe is out there.
One last glaringly obvious fact I noted?
As a woman I am proud to say that I can do anything a man can do, and in heels, but darling…some men just wear heels so much better!
Subliminal, mind blowing, awe inspiring, heart stopping ..... just some of the words that can be used to describe the phenomenal performance of Cirque Eloize iD.
If there was ever a circus that you would want to run away with, this is the one!
At 8pm last night, with bums in seats, The Teatro at Montecasino fell silent, and that would be the last time in the 2 hour show that you would be able to hear a pin drop. From the moment the performers of Cirque Eloize iD took the stage, the audience was a sea of clapping, cheering and gasps.
With a high-energy blend of circus arts and urban dance, this production takes you on a crazy journey of music, dance, performance and sheer delight. With Acrobats, aerialists, a trial biker, hip hop and break dancing, the evening flies by with the interval arriving at astonishing speed.
I have to admit, there were a few times that I had to cover my eyes.....and then peek through my fingers in disbelief of what the performers were able to do, because it was just too amazing. This show needs seeing to be believed and no description will do real justice to the out of this world performance that these talented young people put on. With almost a West side story meets TRON, this is a show that will appeal to young, old, male and female and I can recommend it as complete value for money and the best 2 hours you will spend in a very long time.
If you haven’t yet gotten tickets to go, DO NOT DELAY!! Tickets are available at Computicket, I CANNOT recommend this show enough.
Cirque Eloize iD is on at Montecasino until 24 December and will BLOW. YOUR. MIND!!
For more about Cirque Eloize iD, go to their website at www.cirque-eloize.com
Tickets were provided with thanks by Debra De Souza, Publicist (m) + 27 82 8229478 /(e) email@example.com
I can honestly sum this show with one word, Magnificent!
Last night I was lucky enough to get passes to The Celtic Woman Destiny Tour SA opening night at the Teatro at Montecasino, and even luckier to be seated dead middle only 9 rows from the from the front.
The evening opened with a performance by the Mzanzi Youth Choir. These young men and woman would be worth seeing as a standalone performance, anytime. With renditions of popular songs such as “My African Dream” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” as well as a spectacular original song, “Say Africa” that brought a lump to many throats in the audience. Do yourself a favor and if you EVER get the opportunity to see them, do not miss it.
Celtic Woman then took the stage and proceeded to execute a flawless performance. With songs like “O Danny Boy”, “When you go”, “Ride on” and "Siuil a Run", to name only 4 of list of songs featured in the, over an hour long, concert. With some of the most angelic voices I have ever heard, they held the audience completely spellbound. Complete with bagpipes, traditional spoons, and amazing backing musicians, this is a show that is worth every cent spent to go and see.
There are still 2 shows, one for tonight at Montecasino and one for tomorrow at Carnival City. Book quickly at Big Concerts while you still possibly can get tickets. DO NOT miss out on this truly spectacular performance.
NOTE: Media passes were supplied with thanks from the Publicity Workshop
"SNOWSHOW is a universal and timeless theatrical poetic spectacle which has unanimously enchanted and empowered the imagination of audiences and critics since 1993 in dozens of countries, hundreds of cities with multiple thousand performances resulting in millions of ecstatic spectators from all nationalities, genders, beliefs, types and ages, probably like no other show. It is a genre of it’s own and remains as spontaneous and magical as on the first day it was performed, systematically catapulting adults back in childhood."
Slava's Snow Show website: http://slavasnowshow.com/
Slava's Snow Show opened this week, at Teatro at Montecasino amid a flurry of snow and glitter. This was my first time at Teatro, so off I went with my good friend Linda, to go and enjoy a night out. And oh my goodness, did we have a good time!
Celebrities and public alike, gathered to see the long awaited international show. Slava's Snow Show is a stage spectacle created and staged by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin. A somewhat amusing, sometimes dark but definitely (if you near the front you in for a particularly interesting night lol!) interactive show, it has won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.
With a unique style that gathers the audience into the show, it was pure magic to be a part of. With equal parts joy and sadness, the show weaves a spell around the audience, transporting them to another world filled with whimsy and is, at times, surreal to watch. Clowns and more clowns, this show not suggested for under 8's, for good reason. There are times in the fantasy that it grows darker and more introspective which may frighten smaller children. While this show may not appeal to everyone (if you like dialogue then this is not the show to see lol) it is a show that will have a part that appeals to everyone. Like a dream you flit along the story line, with wide eyed wonder at the magic that is created by the clowns.
While some parts were a bit sadder, we laughed and laughed and clapped our hands in delight, over and over during the show, and if you want to know if I would recommend you see it...YES, It was a really wonderful experience.
Book to see the show in South Africa HERE at Teatro at Montecasino NOW, or later this year at Artscape
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