Durban – Theatre, Art, and Culture May 15-19

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Durban and its surroundings offer a vibrant multicultural playground abounding in theatre, arts, and cultural events, so shake off the stress from your job, leave the toys at home, and take the family this weekend to enjoy the fun and culture of the following events on show.

Theatre lovers can head for the Rhumbelo Theatre in Pietermaritzburg this Sunday to see illusionist Ricki Gray and comedy magician Stephen Cloete reunite on stage for Abra Viagra, which runs from May 18 to 25. The show includes illusions, audience participation, magic, stand-up comedy, and bags of laughter. The duo is internationally acclaimed, with Gray having performed for Queen Elizabeth, and they are reuniting for the first time in 14 years, with Abra Viagra being their first show in KwaZulu-Natal.

There is more comedy theatre at the Izulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino, which is hosting Whipped this weekend where popular duo Sans and Kas are at it again in a whodunit tale about neighbours and past and future partners. At the Katalina Theatre, get your final chance to see For Better or Worse this weekend, which is a full length drama comedy directed by Koobeshen Naidoo.

Ballet lovers can see the famous Crown of the Russian Ballet this weekend at the Playhouse Opera Theatre, where classical masterpieces and modern dance will be staged by choreographer Anatoly Emelianov. He heads one of Russia’s leading ballet groups that have extensively toured the world.

On Saturday at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre you can see Love of Dance, which is part of the annual National Creative Arts Youth Festival exhibiting music and dance skills amongst South Africa’s scholars, including classical ballet, modern, Celtic, and Spanish dance.

Jannie van Heerden has a unique “food as art” presentation at the Foodscapes Exhibition at the Asian Contemporary Gallery on Florida Road that runs until Saturday. There are paintings of all kinds of cuisine on show, from traditional Afrikaans and English foods to Indian, Chinese, and Thai foods.

For the socializing types, on Saturday night there is the interesting concept of The Grand White, which will offer 1,500 guests an evening of comedy, food, and music at a secret location to be revealed to the ticket holders at the last minute.

The ladies can pop into the Qhawekazi Beauty Expo at the Montclair Recreation Hall for the Lifestyle and Display Exhibition. It features 20 exhibitors from the beauty industry, and your ticket entitles you to facials, make up, hair styling, body massages, and other beauty treatments.

For those that want to stretch their legs, East Coast Radio is hosting the Big Walk to Freedom on Sunday. It starts at the Ushaka Marine World, heads along the Golden Mile beachfront, and ends at People’s Park at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. This is KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest walk, and it has en-route entertainment for the kids with clowns and jugglers, live music along the way, and the Big Walk cheerleaders leading the sea of yellow and white walkers.


For music in Durban this weekend, check out our post about what’s going on in the Durban Live Music Scene!

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