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Desmond Dube says the pantomime is about family

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Dube is starring in the Snow White production currently showing at the Joburg Theatre this festive season.

South African actor and musician, Desmond Dube told Top Billing in an interview posted online on Monday, 10 December 2018, that he loves how the pantomime can create togetherness.

“It’s fun,” Dube said. “It brings families together. I’m big on uniting the community and uniting the nation but we start by uniting the family.” Dube was speaking to SABC 3’s magazine show Top Billing about the Snow White production currently showing at the Joburg Theatre.

He said the show was suitable for everyone to enjoy. “Knowing that your audience will be from the age of five to the age of eighty, it means that the entire family can come and see it and that makes me happy,” Dube said.

In theatre, the term ‘Dame’ refers to a man playing a woman.The actor described his character Dame Dolla as “fierce”.

He said she reminds him of his own family. “I’m doing sort of a mashup between my mother and my grandmother. I guess that’s why my family comes to the show. They know who to expect,” he joked.

Top Billing echoed Dube’s sentiments as they described the show as “the perfect family show this festive season.” The production started on Saturday, 3 November 2018 and the last show will take place on Saturday, 23 December 2018.

Other familiar faces include former 702 radio host John Robbie as Major-Dumb-ou and Ven Boss as the Evil Queen. Tickets for the show are available from the Joburg Theatre website.

Xiletelo Mabasa
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