Sweetie Darling

7 Mar 2016

Copy Dog Productions proudly presents Sweetie Darling, a new one-man stage comedy starring Bongani Mbatha by multi award-winning playwright-director Clinton Marius (Lollipop Lane, The Fantastical Flea Circus, B!*ch Stole My Doek).

 

Sweetie Darling is a romantic comedy about a young man who goes all out to prove himself.  While he sets up a picnic in the park for his sweetheart, he recounts the ups and downs of his journey to happiness.  As he finds himself, and love, he also finds his path to spiritual growth.

 

Reviewing the production’s debut performance at the 2016 Musho! Festival in Durban (where it won the coveted Suliman Family Trust award for the best production on the festival), Gisele Turner wrote in her review for Going Places: “Performed with heart and soul by Bongani Mbatha, this tragi-comic love story held the audience enthralled. The combination of Marius’ gift for telling an engaging story and Mbatha’s gift for sincere characterisation make Sweetie Darling a winner."

 

“The different attitudes of the generations are particularly cleverly addressed, with our hero, Jacob, caught between the advice given by his teenage sister and his grandmother. While the one has all the contemporary trends in attitude and language, the other is firmly ensconced in prayer and old fashioned morals and poor Jacob flounders to find the way forward to please the girl of his dreams.”

 

“It is Jacob’s charming naïveté that makes his process so watchable and heart-warming,” wrote Turner. “Sweetie Darling is filled with ‘ah’ moments that have real emotional content; the audience members reach out to Jacob’s character in his difficulties and his troubled past and his aspirations for a happy future because they reflect loss and yearning in way that is totally accessible.”

 

The deftly paced production can be seen at:

  • Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre in Balgowan in the KZN Midlands on Friday, 12 February 2016

  • The Hexagon Theatre’s Mini Festival in Pietermaritzburg on 27 February.

  • National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown in July 

  • University of the Witwatersrand’s 969 Festival in Johannesburg in July.

  • Cape Town Fringe in October 2016

Actor Bongani Mbatha made his professional debut in 2000, performing in the Playhouse Company’s New Stages production, Nomalizo  by Bonginkosi Shangase. Subsequent hits include among others, the award-winning Maluju Zulu at the Market Theatre (2003), Ngicela uxolo (2008), Kudela Owawziyo (2009), Sophiatown (2013), All Gone and Skungpoomery (2014)

 

Watch press for further details about further performances of Sweetie Darling as this hot-property production goes on tour. 

 

If you would like to book a performance of Sweetie Darling for your corporate event, or theatre, contact Riaan Timson on 031 309 8738 or email copydogmarketing@artslink.co.za for more details. 

 

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-Interviews & photos available on request-

ISSUED BY WILLIAM CHARLTON-PERKINS

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