Follow the adventures of the wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy in award-winning scriptwriter Janice Honeyman’s festive pantomime. With the most fantastic costumes, elaborate larger-than-life sets and a script filled with humour that will appeal to both kids and adults, this festive production is a guaranteed hit suitable for the entire family. Honeyman’s first adaptation in 2009 was met with critical success, for this run Golden Horn Award-nominated actor Tobie Cronje returns as Geppetto Spoletto.
The pantomime returns with much of its original cast, including household names like Chi Mhende who shot to fame for her gender-bending role as Wandile Radebe on prime-time soapie Generations: The Legacy, and a fresh script that has been updated to include plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to current political scandals and other classic comedy fodder.
Janice Honeyman is not called the Queen of South African Pantomime without reason, her mastery of the art form is second-to-none. The play offers something for everyone, from clever puns to risqué humour that will leave you gasping 'Oh no they didn’t!', catchy songs and a musical repertoire that runs the full gamut from hip hop to golden oldies that the older generation will love. The choreography meanwhile is energetic and eclectic, in the welcome song alone there is salsa, breakdancing and ballet, with a couple of dance moves that are sure to be replicated on the dance floors beyond theatre.