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Emperors Palace presents COMBAT by Nataniël

18 January 2011

Following the success of his previous two “big C’s”, Coronation and Cathedral, Nataniël presents his latest stage creation, Combat at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace, from 17 February to 27 March 2011.

Inspired by the Mark Twain phrase, "Clothes make the man.", Combat both investigates and celebrates the uniform. For centuries people have been feared or admired for their uniforms, from emperors to soldiers, from church leaders to the police, doctors, nurses, servants, butlers, chauffeurs, firemen and sailors. With comedy, fantasy, satire, monologues in both English and Afrikaans and a collection of original songs, Nataniël takes a look at uniforms, old and new, the power, the cruelty, corruption, sexual attraction, beauty, temptation and fascination with them. From ancient Romans to Third World Dictators, from the corporate world to the strip club, nothing seems to make a greater impact than the appearance of a uniform!

Nataniël shares the stage with an all-male cast including Dihan Slabbert, Ignasius van Heerden, Martin van Heerden, Nicolaas Swart and musicians Charl du Plessis (keyboards), Juan Oosthuizen (guitar), Werner Spies (bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums). Costumes for Combat have been designed/made by Floris Louw.

The show is 70% English and 30% Afrikaans, and will be performed Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h30 and Sundays at 15h00. Ticket prices start from R135 and can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1490 or Computicket on or 083 915 8000. Regret no children under 15 years allowed.

Books, CD's and products from the KAALKOP lifestyle range, including Nataniël's first live DVD, Cathedral will be on sale.

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