Theatre Review: Funny, inventive, and surprisingly touching, Puffs The Play is a loving ode to a series that captivated the world

It’s eleven-year-old Wayne’s first year at a certain school of magic, and he’s about to find out that he’s a long way from rural Queensland.

Not brave enough, smart enough, or evil enough, he finds himself sorted into the Puffs, where it seems like failure is the norm – except in Herbology, of course! But Wayne is certain he’s destined for greatness, that he’s someone special, that he’s a sort of… chosen one.

Unfortunately for him, there’s another boy starting school this year. A boy with glasses and a scar.

It looks like the school year is going to get quite interesting – for everyone except the Puffs, that is.

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Theatre Review: SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill is a staggeringly beautiful piece, inspired by a little-known World War One tragedy

Good morning readers – just a quick reminder that I’m on holidays until late October! The good news is, I’ve got plenty scheduled between now and then, so happy reading!

In February 1917, just 11 miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight, the SS Mendi, carrying more than 800 souls to the Western Front, was struck by another ship and sank into the ocean. 646 men, mostly black and mostly volunteers, drowned.

The little-known tragedy was recently explored in Fred Khumalo‘s excellent Dancing the Death Drill, and it’s this novel that serves as inspiration for this outstanding piece of choral music and theatre, from Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble.

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Theatre Review: Baby Bi Bi Bi is a wickedly funny hour of cabar-gay

From the moment the Flesh Coloured Panties crew (consisting of Samantha AndrewErin PattisonAnnabel Larcombe and a Portable Closet) take to the stage with a rendition of “Salad with the Girls, But in a Gay Way”, the scene is set for an hour of deliciously crude and wildly inventive cabaret.

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