Veteran actor-playwright Hamish Kyd, an Ethekwini Living Legend, returns to the Catalina Theatre stage this festive season for late night performances of his acclaimed one-hander, Knowing You... Knowing Me, which humorously explores the issues of intolerance and bigotry.
Brought back by popular demand, the poignant comedy looks at an important chapter in the life of Lenny Stalk, a welder and self-made man. When his son, Otis, a final year Fashion Design student, decides it is time to come out of the closet, Lenny frantically does all he can to “un-gay” him.
Theatre doyenne and ArtSmart website editor Caroline Smart, reviewing a 2008 season of the work, wrote: “Hamish’s distinctive sense of humour and empathy for the human spirit is very much to the fore.” Keith Millar, in a 2013 ArtSmart review of the work, wrote: “Hamish Kyd is a force of nature. Alone on stage without any set or props he keeps his audience entertained, very amused, moved - and even a little educated - as he performs his very, very funny little gem of a production.”
While issues dealt with in the play remain internationally-topical, Kyd says he has also updated his script to deal with current issues in the South African political arena for the show’s current revival which is directed by his 27-year-old daughter, actress Leveen Kyd, a UKZN BA Drama and Performance graduate.
Kyd’s musical Jimbo has been staged at the Playhouse on several occasions, as have his shows, Motown Story, Southern Soul, Vikela and the Vita Award-winning Taxi Jam. His first novel, Charlie, was published in 2008, followed by his second novel, Muti. As with his play of the same title, Knowing You.. Knowing Me, his latest novel, focuses on the evils of homophobia. Hamish has also scripted six radio dramas which have been broadcast on air. Hamish performed in Clinton Marius’s long-running comic radio soapie, Lollipop Lane, as well as in the show’s recently stage revival, Lollipop Lane – The Big Biscuit Bake-Off at the Catalina Theatre.
Performances of Knowing You.. Knowing Me are at 9pm Wednesdays to Saturdays, and at 4pm on Sundays. The production can be enjoyed either as a self-standing piece, or under the banner, Bruinous Back To Back, as it runs in tandem with the premiere season at the Catalina Theatre of Clinton Marius’s new one-woman comedy, B!#ch Stole My Doek.
Set in Wentworth, the latter one-hander is a raucous satire starring new-generation Durban comedienne, Shona Johnson. This wickedly funny work pokes fun at a war of words between two women over a missing item of laundry. Colourful language and irrational hysteria offer an insider’s view of life in the southern suburbs, as the comical battle between neighbours heats up and boils over, with unexpected results. Performances of B!#ch Stole My Doek are at 7.30pm (Wednesdays to Saturdays) and 2.30pm (Sundays).
Tickets for each show are R100 per person. Book at Computicket Shoprite / Checkers outlets, by phone on 086 915 8000, or online at www.computicket.com.
For more about shows running at Durban’s harbour-side Catalina Theatre, and other attractions such as boat rides, restaurants and leisure activities found at Wilson’s Wharf, visit http://www.catalinatheatre.com/
-interviews & photos available on request-
ISSUED BY WILLIAM CHARLTON-PERKINS
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