Hilarious Paul Slabolepszy comedy for Playhouse

The Playhouse Company
11/24/2015 17:47:44

The Playhouse Company is proud to present the hilarious Paul Slabolepszy comedy, For Your Ears Only in the Playhouse Drama Theatre: 12–23 December 2015.

After taking Grahamstown Festival, Johannesburg and Cape Town audiences by storm, The Playhouse Company is proud to present the hilarious Paul Slabolepszy comedy, For Your Ears Only, which previews in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from 9 December 2015.

Taking the form of a live radio play on stage, the production stars Paul Slabolepszy himself as Nigel the crusty old maintenance man, as well as favourite actors Michael Richard as Denton, a magniloquent (grandiose, bombastic) radio producer; Louise Saint-Claire as ‘theatrical legend’, Veronica; Sibu Radebe as Tumi, a young TV star; Michael Gritten as Harold, an ageing ‘matinee idol’, Bheki Mqadi as Bra Doc, a middle-aged actor-playwright; and Bronwyn van Graan as Pearl, a spunky ‘voice artist’. If some of these characters seem familiar to radio listeners, this is because Paul Slab, as he is affectionately known, is also Head Writer of Radio Vuka, the intriguing and highly-amusing SAfm radio play that airs on weekdays at 15h45. Some of the play’s characters feature in Radio Vuka.

Directed by giant of South African theatre, Ralph Lawson, For Your Ears Only offers a side-splitting look into what happens behind the scenes in a radio studio, and sees a group of actors, a producer and a writer assemble in a radio studio to record a weekly ‘soapie’ called The Soul of Sister Serious. Sub-titled What you hear is only half the story …, as the narrative unfolds, we find the producer in hysterics, the writing wracked with paranoia, and two of the actors heading for the divorce courts. The result is a comedy that crackles with hilarity and intrigue.

“With For Your Ears Only, we are pleased to welcome Paul Slabolepszy back to The Playhouse Company after quite some time. The production’s all-star cast is sure to entertain both local and visiting festive season audiences. This unusual ‘play within a play’ is very different from what we have come to accept as conventional theatre, but it’s exciting, intriguing, creative and puts your imagination into full drive ,” said Ms Linda Bukhosini, CEO and Artistic Director of The Playhouse Company. “We trust that patrons book early to avoid disappointment,” she concluded.

The fascinating set for the production comprises a large sound studio equipped with all the paraphernalia associated with live recording for radio, including the obligatory hanging microphones, as well as loads of different items for sound effects, such as different-sized doors (locks, bolts, chains), windows, a ‘creaky’ garden gate, an old-fashioned cash register, telephones, cups and saucers, glasses, a bucket of water, assorted bunches of keys, a bicycle bell on a stick, a large punch bag (with a baseball bat to one side!), cowhide drums, a battered roller-skate, an antiquated wind machine, a cuckoo clock, a vuvuzela and, literally, all the bells and whistles imaginable, all coming together for a sneak peek into the world of recording a radio show.

For a therapeutic dose of laughter this festive season, do not miss For Your Ears Only. Discounted tickets at the low price of R80 are available for the previews on 9, 10 and 11 December from Dawn Haddon on (031) 369 9407. From 12 December, tickets are available via Computicket on or from the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9596. A discount of up to 20% off the usual ticket price on block bookings is available from Dawn Haddon on 031 369 9407. Pensioners and scholars under 18 secure discounted tickets on presentation of ID. Playhouse patrons receive discounted parking at the Royal Hotel Parking and at the Albany Grove Parkade. The Playhouse coffee shop offers a variety of light meals and drinks, while the Playhouse bar is open for every performance. Account:
Franki Hills
031 369 9405
083 267 2767
The Playhouse Company
Related Venue:
Playhouse, Durban KwaZulu-Natal South Africa