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Madame Zingara Miracle Tour

What did you do this weekend?

I had an absolute ball at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Theatre of Dreams

The Theatre of Dreams

some history:

Madame Zingara was founded in 2001 by Richard Griffin, it was a quirky 80-seater restaurant in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre. It was well known for its outlandish glitter-dusted service and Richard’s whimsical culinary creations.

Madame Zingara

After 5 successful years, disaster struck and the restaurant was burnt to the ground. The Zingara team didn’t let a fire stop them from shining and the Theatre of Dreams was born, a travelling dinner-cirque extravaganza which is housed in one of the last antique mirror tents in the world. The cast and crew have played to full houses in the major cities of South Africa and won many awards and titles along the way.

This year, Madame Zingara has returned to Cape Town will full force and is situated at the heart of the city, V&A Waterfront.

So, enough on the history lesson and let me tell you about my experience.

I had only ever heard about Madame Zingara from people in passing, and only ever taken away from those conversations that the show was “MINDBLOWING“, and “AMAZING“. When my friend asked me if I would be interested in going, I said yes. I did not know what it involved, but purely went by word of mouth…. by the way – SO GLAD I DID.

Madame Zingara

From the moment you walk outside of the Theatre of Dreams, you can sense in your bones that something amazing is going to happen. You don’t know what, but you can just feel it. All the guests that have been before are dressed up, wigs, feather boas, extravagant makeup and fabulous outfits. You do not have to dress up, you can dress down too, or you could even go as a clown… anything goes. In a way, its a great representation of Cape Town’s vibrance as a whole. I went with a group of friends, we were a table of 13. We kept on getting told by various waiters that we were one of the youngest tables there, and they encourage “misbehaving”. No one needs to tell me to misbehave twice – it is one of my many skills.

An absolute assault on your senses.

While waiting for the theatre to open you can get drinks, chat with the cast members, in character of course, and take pictures with the wonderful props they have outside. Giant lollipops, Flamingos, Hearts, anything you wouldn’t normally associate with a classy night out, is there, being damn classy. Seriously.

madame-zingara

I will not go into to much detail, however, the costumes and makeup alone make the show worthwhile, but if sparkles are not your thing then the show is fantastic, the local artists are wonderful and the international artists are mindblowing at what they do. You may shudder in fear for them every now and then being worried that something might happen because at times it seems like what they are doing is not possible with a human body… but clearly it is and you’ve just been doing it wrong in the past.

madame zingara

The staff were all spectacular, dressed in their own outfits and makeup that was seriously impressive…  every single Pout Perfection reader would be proud. The food was divine… Delicious four course meal was a perfect accompanant to the show. The service was seriously impressive! Fast, efficent and with a bit of humour on the side. (I utterly wish that the rest of Cape Town could take lessons on how to service clients from the Madame Zingara team).

Madame Zingara

The show at the V&A Waterfront opened on 17 January and runs nightly fro Tuesday to Sunday until the end of March. Ticket prices range from R385 to R475, dependant on where you sit. No online bookings are accepted. Visit http://theatreofdreams.madamezingara.com/ for more information.

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Madame Zingara

There is a reason that it is always booked out so quickly. I hope to one day be able to go back and experience Madame Zingara. Thank you, to each and every person involved in getting this show together, it was truly an eye-opener to the amazing organisation we can put together when it is managed correctly and something that should inspire every South African production.

x missfitz

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A Must See: The Phantom of The Opera

Why hello there Poutlings!

Happy Monday… Did you all have a good weekend?

My mum and I had such a lovely Sunday yesterday, we went to watch

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

at the

MONTE CASINO TEATRO

I just love watching live theatre perfomances and unfortunately, I do not get to go as often as I wish I could… for various reasons however with my mums birthday coming up this week, we decided that we were going to watch the show. We watched Phantom about 8 years ago at the state theatre in Pretoria, which was amazing, but there was something even more special about this performance, which I can’t exactly put my finger on at the moment.

If you do not know the story of this musical, then please come out from your rock and read on to get a small grasp of what all the fuss is about. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is a story of a disfigured musical genius known only as “The Phantom” who haunts the darkness of the Paris Opera House.

Amazed by the beauty and talent of a young dancer he captures her and trains her to be the best opera singer, unaware of her love for another man.

Obsession, jealously, madness and passion collide creating one real story of love.

Along with some of the most heart touching romantic music sung by the cast.

This story has been performed to over 100 million people in 149 countries worldwide.

Everything from the sound, lighting, acting, costumes, music, the cast and the set seemed absolutely perfect.

Pieter Toerien has done amazing work in presenting this full scale production in South Africa, which highly lives up to international standards.

The quick set changes had me sitting there in awe wondering WHERE they store all the stuff and HOW they can change so quickly.

If are put off by the price of the tickets, DON’T BE – you will not be disappointed – I promise you!

**missfitzzz

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