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PRESS: Celebration of iconic TV show for The Masque

Christine Skinner

 

In a celebration of the iconic TV show, The Masque, home to some of Cape Town’s favourite amdram plays, present THE GOLDEN GIRLS this May!

For the first time in Cape Town, four episodesof the programmehave been adapted for the stage.The production will be presented from 24 May until 1 June 2024.


For those who might not know, The Golden Girls is a sitcom from the late 80s and early 90s about four mature women living together in Miami and experiencing the joys and angst of their golden years.


Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche and matriarch Sophia may occasionally clash but they're there for one another in the end. 


The people who watched the show will fondly remember its catchy, signature theme tune with the wordsThank you for being a friend”, which encapsulates the essence of this very popular series,” says Faeron Wheeler, Head of Programming at The Masque.

 

Audiences will delight in seeing these legendary characters come to life again on stage, in a journey filled with fun, irreverence and poignancy as they navigate their golden years. Ultimately, the show was a celebration of friendship and resilience, an exploration of how diverse characters can live together and still thrive through unity and love. These are themes everyone can recognise and enjoy, whether you are 18 or 80!”

 

Wayne Ronné has adapted the show and is directing it for the stage. He comments, “Watching the Golden Girls in the 80s was just about entertainment and not realising how much of an impact the ladies had on society. The four ladies really pushed boundaries during their times on screen. I grew to love Rose when I was much younger but realised as an adult, I am Dorothy.”

 

The production features Gwendolen Ward, Tanya Smith, Katherine Fillmore and Kerith Coulson.

 

No stranger to The Masque, Wayne Ronné has been a staple figure at the venue since 2008. He has been writing scripts and acting since he was 13 years old and received formal training later in life at the Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts in Observatory. Wayne has written many plays over the years such as Four Chairs (2015) at The Masque and Inertia (2019) at the Baxter Theatre. He was recently in The Masque’s productions ofRapunzel (2023) and Twelfth Night (2023) where he was nominated for Best Actor in a Play (CATA).

 

The Golden Girls will be performed on:

24, 25, 29, 30, 31 May and 1 June at 19h30

25 and 26 May and 1 June at 14h30

 

Tickets cost from R120. Bookings can be made at Quicket

 

For discounted block bookings of more than 10 tickets - please contact manager@themasque.co.za

 

The Masque Box Office is open from 9am to 2pm every Wednesday.

 

Cash bar and simple snacks are available for sale at the Theatre.

 

The Masque is situated at 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa.

 

Parking is available at the venue. Wheelchair Access and Facilities available.

 

The Masque has a back-up generator so the show will go on, even when there is load shedding!

 

*Join The Masque community! Become a member and have your say in the theatre. You can also sign up as a volunteer to participate on stage or behind the scenes, from stage management to archiving the wardrobe department! http://bit.ly/MasqueVolunteer

 

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