Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes, come to ‘The Hex’ for some jolly surprises; for a merry morning of magic & mirth, with the Teeniest Tiniest Circus on Earth! The Fantastical Flea Circus, heads for Pietermaritzburg for the first time, for a short season at UKZN’s Hexagon Theatre in Scottsville from 8 to 12 December 2015.
First staged in 2011 at the Catalina Theatre, this popular production scooped all awards in the Children’s Category at that year’s Durban Theatre Awards. Since then the Small Top antics have been seen by thousands of delighted youngsters, playing at schools and venues throughout the province.
A jolly mix of song, dance, rhyming verse and clever tricks, The Fantastical Flea Circus is written and directed by Clinton Marius, creator of the much-loved radio soapie, Lollipop Lane, as well as the Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning comedy, B!*ch Stole My Doek, for which Marius recently won the Mercury Durban Theatre Award for Best New South African Script.
The production stars the award-winning Shona Johnson as world renowned opera singer, Duchess De Nunu, and talented Durban actor, Verne Rowin Munsamy as her travelling companion and professor of Fleaology.
Shona Johnson teaches at the Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy in Durban, and runs her own company - AWEH! Theatre. She was previously seen in the smash hit, B!*ch Stole My Doek, for which she recently won the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards for Best Comedic Performance (Female) and Lead Actress in a Drama/Comedy. Shona has appeared in ten other stage productions, including Reality Bytes, Beyond the Big Bangs, and PopCom.
Verne Rowin Munsamy, who is Artistic Director of the Catalina Theatre, and also of ScruffySession Productions, has written and directed numerous shows, including Reality Bytes, and No Contest! He also appeared in the adult panto, Sinderfella, and the Bollywood musical, Consenting Silence.
Together, the duo present a merry band of fleas in an exciting line-up of circus acts, including a high-wire routine, a car race, a cannonball and bull’s-eye stunt, a high-dive act, a strong-o-mometer, and a disappearing hand trick.
“When writing this play, I wanted to create a piece for youngsters that would also entertain and amuse their parents and older siblings, so that the whole family could enjoy a theatre-outing together,” says Marius.
“Wonder-flea entertaining,” enthused The Daily News reviewer, Latoya Newman, while The Mercury’s Arts Editor, Billy Suter, found the show “BIG fun from tiny stars… flecked with fun rhyming verse and featuring some short songs … a charming way to fill an hour”.
Daily performances of The Fantastical Flea Circus at The Hexagon are at 11am. Tickets are R80. Booking is through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers. For phone bookings, call 0861 915 8000, or book online at www.computicket.com