Classical Comedy - Aaron Mcilroy, Lisa Bobbert and The Durban City Orchestra

22nd Nov 2023 - 3rd Dec 2023

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

Aaron Mcilroy, Lisa Bobbert and The Durban City Orchestra
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MacBob, Durban City Orchestra and Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

are beyond delighted and extremely excited to present some more…

Classical Comedy

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN: 22 Nov – 3 Dec

Following the remarkable success of last year’s season, Macbob Productions, the Durban City Orchestra and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre management are delighted to present some more Classical Comedy – the madcap outrageous musical comedy collaboration, which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus to welcome the festive season, with a short ten performance run from 22 November until 3 December.

The production will build on from last year’s inaugural season – with a reprise of many of the fabulous sketches and tunes, as well as some sparkling new ones.

Join Durban’s own Aaron Mcilroy and Lisa Bobbert as they once more boldly go where no right-minded comedians should ever venture - the sacred space of The Orchestra. No sonata is sacred. No movement, unmortified. As they migrate from Bach to Beethoven … to Bedlam. A musical celebration fit for the whole family, guaranteed to bring a chuckle to Tchaikovsky, a roar to Radetsky and a burp to Brahms! 

Classical Comedy is once more directed by the multi-talented Darren King and choreographed by Daisy Spencer. Lisa and Aaron are joined by son Declan, who is out of sight handling spotlights, and two of their daughters, Kaylee and Grace. The girls, now all grown up and looking fab, provide backing vocals, some contemporary and ballet dancing, and on-stage assistance.

“For ages we have wanted to have fun with orchestra musical. There are just so many delicious opportunities for great gags and brilliant music. It is something which we have never done before, and something which is seldom done anywhere because it is a huge undertaking involving so many people! We so incredibly chuffed that the DCO is so game in want to go on this crazy unchartered adventure with us again. We had the most fun time last time and can’t wait to do it all again this year!” enthused Lisa Bobbert.  

The Durban City Orchestra (DCO) is one of the longest running orchestras in the country. It is independent of KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, and started as Durban Philharmonic Orchestra and was later known as Gateway Philharmonic Orchestra before it became DCO.

 It is made up of independent professionals; active and retired music teachers; university music students and part time musicians who participate voluntarily for the love of music and of performing together. Currently the orchestra has a complement of approximately 30 active members who get together weekly.

The core orchestra includes two accomplished professional musicians in Charl van der Merwe as Resident Conductor and Jitske Brien as Concert Master. Van der Merwe is principal bassoonist at the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra where Brien assists periodically as a violinist. For this season, they are complemented by professional musicians as extra players.

Billy Suter in his review of the production last year, said: This joyous new show is a perfect package for the silly season, and it was an inspired move by the seasoned team of singer-comics to share the limelight with the Durban City Orchestra. These 40-plus musicians provide not only a good range of music and costume change time for Lisa and Aaron but shine every bit as brightly as Durban’s darling duo.”

Don't miss this unforgettable musical comedy Cadenza! Er... Extravaganza!

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Good to Know:

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

Tickets R200 / R180 pensioners and students

Season: 22 Nov - 3 Dec

Week one: Wed 22 November – 7pm

Thurs 23 November – 7pm

Fri 24 November – 7pm

Saturday 25 November – 3pm

Sunday 26 November – 3pm

Week two: Thurs 30 November – 7pm

Fri 1 December – 7pm

Saturday 2 December – 3pm & 7pm

Sunday 3 December – 3pm

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The Sneddon has a generator in the event of load-shedding



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