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Catch Guy Buttery in KZN. See full story below. PHOTO: GILLIAN COETZEE

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 CATCH BUTTERY IN KZN THIS WEEK

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT with Estelle Sinkins arts@witness.co.za

033 355 1111

THEATRE ‘The Princess and The Frog’ AT the Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf, Durban, until January 10 is Sandy Bigara’s fresh new staging of The Prin­ cess and The Frog. Princess Applegreen is spoiled and self­ ish. She breaks her promises and only wants what she wants. Slowly, however, she learns to share, to care and to honour her own words and be truth­ ful. The frog is also selfish and a little greedy. But by the time the princess kisses him, he too has learnt to share, to care and to honour his own words and be truthful. Performances daily at 2.30 pm. Tickets cost R80 for children and R100 for adults (special school bookings between De­ cember 1 and December 10 are R60 per person). Booking is through Computicket and at Shoprite and Checkers outlets. ‘Skungpoomery’ RUNNING at the Playhouse in Durban until De­ cember 21 is Skungpoomery, a whacky, hilarious and highly entertaining comic play tailored for the young, and the young at heart. But what exactly is skungpoomery? Simply put, it’s the art of thinking up a new word, deciding what it means and then doing it. Aimed at children aged be­ tween seven and 13, Skungpoomery features two whacky heroes, armchair philosopher Faz and his twitty assistant Twoo. Their lives have become quite listless and lacking in sparkle until Faz has an epiphany and invents the game of Skung­ poomery. But all this lands our heroes in some sticky situations with their zany neighbours. Tick­ ets for the show, which is being staged in the Loft Theatre, are R100 at Computicket and Sho­ prite and Checkers stores. Every child also gets a special Skungpoomery goodie bag at the end of the show, directed by Ralph Lawson. Show times are weekdays at noon and 2.30 pm, and week­ ends at 2 pm. ‘Thrice Upon A Time’ THRICE Upon a Time retells the classic tales of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Three Little Pigs, in a way that is sure to be a hit with families of all shapes and sizes over the holiday season. And once the story­ telling is done, you can join them for a workshop on shadow puppetry and learn to bring your own stories to life. Thrice Upon A Time is at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo at 10 am daily from December 6 until December 22. Tickets cost R60 and snacks and juices are on sale. Book at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers stores or phone Ailsa at 083 250 2690. You can also e­mail Roland at roland@stansell.za.net. ‘Favourites!’ FOUR of Maritzburg’s best singers are back to perform favourite tunes from the sixties to today. Erin Fourie, Helen Vermaak, Sandra Styles and Brandon Bosch perform a range of genres in the show titled Favourites! directed by Peter Mitchell, with St John Haw at the piano and Ryan Calder on drums. The programme includes everything from Music of the Night to All About That Bass, Build Me Up Buttercup, Somebody That I Used To Know and songs by The Beatles, Barry Manilow, Adele, Abba and John Legend. Favourites! is at the Hexagon Dive Theatre at the University of KwaZu­ lu­Natal on Friday, Saturday, December 11, Decem­ ber 12 and December 13. Shows are at 7 pm for 7.30 pm (doors open at 6.45 pm). The show is a picnic­style evening, so take your own food, but no drinks. There is a cash bar. Tickets are R80 (tables seat 10). To book, e­mail hexagon­ @ukzn.ac.za. ‘Dolphins by Starlight’ USHAKA Marine World’s festive­season show Dol­ phins by Starlight, which is now in its 10th year, will be wowing the crowds from Friday to Decem­ ber 14 at 7 pm. Produced and directed by Wayne R. Scott and Charon Williams­Ros, the show is themed around popular singing greats Mary J. Blige (Londiwe Dhlomo), Kenny G. (Andrew Young) and Michael Buble (Lyle Buxton). And the marine park’s dolphin stars provide the splash and the sparkle. Book at Computicket. ‘Aladdin’ THE delightful story of Aladdin will be brought to life in KickStArt Theatre Company’s pantomime at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu­Natal Howard College campus, from Friday to January 11. Featuring popular songs, jokes galore, glamorous costumes and sumptuous sets ranging from a cave of wonders full of dancing jewels to a golden Chinese palace, Aladdin is a must­see for anyone’s holiday diary. Tickets at Computicket.

The Curious Incident are performing at Live — The Venue in Stamford Hill Road, Durban, tomorrow. PHOTO: VIESTURS GROSS

Hectic and restless music Catch The Curious Incident on tour, performing this week in Durban BRITISH band The Curious Incident, known for their restless energy and hectic live performances, will be in Durban this week as part of a tour of South Africa. This multinational crew is made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Cavey Roberts representing SA and The Netherlands, Mirko Piconese (guitar, representing Italy), Englishman Dan Bowery (bass and vocals), and drummer Diaz Meidiawan from Indonesia. When not writing and playing, Roberts is a Jack the Ripper tour guide and bar crawl host, Meidiawan makes sure that the Indonesian Airforce has planes to fly, Bowery pro­ vokes and prevents riots near the Oval Cricket ground, and Piconese mashes up Flight of the Bumble Bee with Iron Maiden on classical guitar. Their music has been described as “a little Sting, a little Winehouse, a little Bruno Mars and a lot more thrown in depending on the weather”. The band had their first SA tour in 2012 and are back to promote their new EP, Penny Lonesome, which includes Money. The EP is only being released on January 26, 2015, but you can pre­order it at http://bit.ly/PennyLonesomeSA. The first 20 people to show that they have pre­ ordered and have Money in their iTunes will get into the Durban gig for free (just show your pre­ order at the door). The Witness caught up with frontman Roberts ahead of the band’s perform­

ance at Live — The Venue in Durban tomorrow. Your first SA tour was in 2012, how has the band progressed since then and what can fans expect this time round? We turned our sound on its head about a year ago, changed the songwriting process and got our beloved new band members (Dan and Mirko). We’ve kept our infectious energy and have evolved into a fun band with catchier songs. What was your impression of the SA mu­ sic scene on your tour in 2012? Have you been following it and how does it com­ pare to the music scene in London? It’s growing at a frenetic pace. It seems that inter­ national artists are making South Africa a regular part of their touring schedule now and that’s ter­ rific for the local music market as SA artists are getting to support the likes of Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters. Die Antwoord have also blown up internation­ ally and cast a spotlight on the rest of SA music. London is arguably the music capital of the world and with that come some fantastic oppor­ tunities, as well as interesting challenges. The biggest challenge we’ve faced so far is cut­ ting through the “noise” and getting noticed over the millions of other acts in the city.

The band members are from four differ­ ent countries and cultures. How do you guys make all these different back­ grounds merge into one creative force? With a little hard work and a lot of love (and patience). Describe your creative process — writing, practising and performing? I write the bulk and the backbone of each song and then we bring it to life with the full band in the studio. As we’re a band who love playing live, that’s where we can really tell if a song is working or not. We’ve been cooking with similar ingredients and try make an interesting dish with every song.

deep grooves, delicate African inflec­ tions and mind­bending guitar play­ ing of an entirely new order when he takes to the stage. Buttery is performing at Open Strings, 16 Jameson Terrace, Kloof, on Friday. Doors open at 6 pm and tick­ ets are R150 at 082 653 3948 or via e­mail at rodnichols@telkomsa.net. On Saturday, he will be at The Dutch, 3 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, at 8 pm. Tickets are R250 at 031 561 6969 or e­mail tamarin@the­ dutch.co.za The show also features Gareth Gale. And on Sunday, he is at The Rock Music Bistro, 56 Station Road, Um­ zumbe, South Coast, at 2 pm. Phone 072 141 5621 or e­mail therockmusic­ bistro@gmail.com. — Arts Editor.

SIP KOREAN TEA AT WALFORD’S OPEN DAY CELEBRATED potter Andrew Walford is hosting a pottery open day at his Shongweni studio from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. He has recently returned from Ko­ rea, where for two years running he has been awarded prizes for his tea bowls. During the open day there will be a table where you can taste various teas, including the fabled Korean green tea, out of Walford’s bowls. There will also be hundreds of flame­fired pots, Ikebana and bar­ gain­basement pieces on offer at the venue which overlooks Shongweni dam and game reserve. Other attractions include Joy’s home­made cakes and Neetha’s leg­ endary breyani. For more information, phone 031 769 1363 or 082 794 7796 or log on to www.andrewwalfordpot­

Andrew Walford. PHOTO: SUPPLIED tery.com. Directions: take the Shong­ weni exit off the N3, follow the signs for eight kilometres to B9 in the Shongweni Valley M551. — Arts Editor.

ATTEND NATIVITY WALK­THROUGH MARITZBURG residents are in for a treat with the first Starlight Nativity live walk­through. The event, organised by the Desti­ ny gap year team of the NCF Church, will be held today and tomorrow at 69 World’s View Road from 6.30 pm, but is weather dependent. Grant Crawford of the NCF Church said: “The event will have nine scenes of narrated drama from the well­known biblical nativity story. Each scene will be in its own area — with the relevant animals for that scene. The public will then walk

around the area and witness live shows being performed by the actors and animals. There will also be a band stand, jumping castles, carols by candlelight under the stars, with an amazing view of the city.” Live animals such as sheep, don­ keys and camels will be part of the nativity. And camel rides will be available from 5.30 pm. Tickets cost R20 for adults and R10 for students. Proceeds will go towards the World’s View Conservan­ cy. Food will also be on sale. — Arts Editor.

What was the biggest show that you have played to date, and how did you feel just before and just after that show? Probably at one of the free festivals we played in the United Kingdom last summer. Thousands of people come to those festivals for a fun day out and know very little about each act. Turning those mildly curious onlookers into dancing fans by the end of the set is an addictive sensation. — Arts Editor.

Watch ‘Cowspiracy’ screening

There will be a screening of the documentary Cowspiracy at St Ives in Lions River tomorrow. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

THE environmental documentary Cowspiracy — The Sustainability Secret will be screened at 6.30 pm for 7 pm tomorrow at St Ives in Lions River. Made by film­maker Kip Andersen, the film looks into the effect of animal agriculture on the planet and asks why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it. According to Andersen, animal agriculture is the “leading cause of deforesta­ tion, water consumption and pollution, is re­

sponsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean dead zones and virtually every other environmental ill”. Andersen is the founder of Animals United Movement and a serial entrepreneur who has built more than a dozen businesses. Entry to the screening is R30. Book to stay for supper afterwards at 033 234 4490. — Arts Editor.

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MUSIC Metal band at Live CONTRAST The Water are at Live — The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Road, Dur­ ban, tonight. Support acts are Carnage Carnival and Bleeding Spawn. Tickets are R50. Doors open at 8 pm. Phone 084 510 3107.

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WITH a series of concerts in more than a dozen countries on four dif­ ferent continents this year alone, Guy Buttery seldom gets to perform in KwaZulu­Natal these days. But this week, fans can catch him in Kloof, Umhlanga Rocks and Umzumbe. With sellout performances in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Brazil, Italy and southern Africa, Buttery is Africa’s biggest acoustic export. His albums When I Grow Up ..., Fox Hill Lane and Live in KwaZulu have all been critically acclaimed and he re­ ceived Standard Bank Golden Ovation Awards in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for his performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Fans can expect high dynamics,

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