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Common and Class

Common_and_Class_new_venue_webCHANGE OF VENUE NOTIFICATION


Dear Sneddon Theatre patrons


Due to a student protest on campus (Friday 8 Feb), the University advised us as a precaution to cancel shows until further notice.  The Howard College campus has now resumed its academic programme and the Sneddon will resume its normal programme from Monday 18 Feb.  However, the production of "Common and Class" has moved to alternative venues in Durban from 13 - 17 February.  All patrons who have booked through Computicket for this show, may either exchange their tickets through Computicket for one of the alternative venues, or obtain a refund (0861 915 8000).   Thank you for your understanding.  The new venues and showtimes are as follows:


13/14/15 Feb @ 7.30pm  Kloof Harvest Church

16 Feb @ 4pm and 8pm  Westvile Boys High School

17 Feb @ 3pm  Hilton College


The ultra-classy Ian von Memerty (Strictly Come Dancing, SA’s Got Talent and A Handful of Keys) reluctantly teams up with the unashamedly Philistine from De Aar, Gino Fabbri (Gino Fabbri is Completely Nuts) for an outrageous musical comedy which will have you rolling on the floor and rocking in the aisles.

The uncommon combustible clash of breeding and culture pits drummer-comedian Fabbri’s dynamic drumming and guitar-playing against Von Memerty’s pyrotechnic piano-ism, resulting in a roller-coaster of musical contradictions.  Their mismatched machinations sees ‘the ‘battle of the twits’ moving effortlessly from Rock to Rocky Horror, Boeremusiek to Broadway and Country to Classical, even sharing a masterclass on how not to look sexy on the dance-floor along the way.

Common is convinced that Class “has a giant stick up his arse”, whilst Class considers working with Common akin to “climbing Mount Everest, naked, carrying an inbred Yeti on my back.”  Class musters all the self-control he can as he is dragged kicking and screaming through Country cowboy-land, whilst the finer expressions of classical music whistle past Common like a tumbleweed trundling through a deserted town.  The confusion of Ian’s anally retentive Class being forced to work with the dim-witted but moronically enthusiastic Common is the back-bone to a show that brings belly laugh after belly laugh!!

Ian von Memerty has been variously described as “the English dictionary definition of show-business” and “a confused eclectic”. He has received 15 national theatre awards and been nominated a further 17 times. He is best known as the presenter of the hit TV series STRICTLY COME DANCING (5 series), as the ‘faaaantastic’ judge on SA’S GOT TALENT, and for his two piano show A HANDFUL OF KEYS – which has played to more than 450 000 people in over 1400 performances.  The Eastern-Cape based rubber-faced comedian-singer-drummer Gino Fabbri is a popular favourite on the Johannesburg corporate entertainment circuit, where he regularly acts as interactive MC and plays multiple very funny characters over the course of an evening. He was featured at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre last year and returns to the Barnyard following his acclaimed 2016 tour of ‘Gino Fabbri is Completely Nuts’.

As owner of the nationally successful production company Centrestage, Fabbri approached Von Memerty last year and the pair produced a terrific Elton John show together which toured the Eastern and Western Cape. With Fabbri himself on drums and Von Memerty bringing down the house each night as the flamboyant Elton John, the pre-show backstage banter and one-upmanship which ensued paved the way for their natural collaboration.  When these two explosive talents combine, hilarity ensues and stomach-muscles are given a strenuous work-out as two witty and beloved entertainers take merciless pot shots at each other in the guise of their alter-egos. To quote one dazzled and delighted reviewer “I laughed myself a six-pack”.

Common & Class is a show so funny you will cancel your Prozac prescription and therapy sessions!   Book now to see two riotously hilarious and versatile performers in a laugh-a-minute clash of cultures.




ADHD_web20 Feb - 10 March 2019

Join Aaron McIlroy on the funniest rollercoaster ride into the astonishing world of people with ADHD. Directed and co-written by Patrick Kenny, this hit show has enjoyed sell-out performances at the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts festivals.

Time of the Writer 2019
23 March 2019
Writers Festival Opening
The BFG (return season)

BFG_2019_WEBSITE21 - 31 March 2019
Family show

Following the success of last year’s production, Greg King returns to direct this enchanting re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s delightful children’s classic about the adventures of a big, friendly giant, and Sophie, a little orphan he befriends.

Putting on the Glitz

Putting_on_the_Glits_Website3 - 7 April
Music and dance

Ian von Memerty (A Handful of Keys / Strictly Come Dancing) and his wife Vivienne (former SA National Latin & Ballroom Champion / Synergy) return to Durban by popular demand in a show which is pure glamorous entertainment.

Completely Nuts

Completely_Nuts_website09 - 14 April

Having recently featured in Common and Class alongside Ian Von Memerty at the Elizabeth Sneddon in February, Gino Fabbri returns with his own music comedy `Completely Nuts`.  `Sanity` is not a word very often associated with Fabbri, but this likeable and clean comedian will have you rolling in the aisles, as "madness takes its toll!"

Flatfoot Dance Company
24 - 28 April
Contemporary Dance
National Creative Arts Youth Festival
02 - 05 May 2019
Youth Festival
Curtain Up
16 May - 02 June

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