Contrary to popular belief, eating a microwave dinner off your lap while you sit on the couch and watch your cats battle for first crack at your pet budgie doesn’t count as dinner and a show. Give your budgie a break and enjoy real dinner theatre and save up to 50% on a ticket to see Umoja African or a ticket as well as a three-course dinner at the Victory Theatre.
Whether or not you light up the braai while a boks game blares from inside the house or you’re just a fan of being able to do your month’s grocery shopping at the traffic lights, it’s difficult not to love South Africa. Africa Umoja takes this love and creates a tale louder than a room full of bass-speakers and more colourful than a flock of canaries. The tale of South Africa, its people and their song, Umoja Africa tells the moving story of indigenous South African music, complete with beautiful costumes and internationally acclaimed choreography.
The soft strains of jazz and infectious kwaito rhythms have you foot-tapping and head-bopping the whole night, so it’s important to ensure your belly is filled with enough nosh to give you energy. Better than a whole jar of vitamins for providing a bit of vim and vigour for the evening is a three-course meal at the Victory Theatre restaurant. Indoors or outdoors on the open-air balcony with its uninterrupted view of the city skyline, the swanky atmosphere is the perfect accompaniment to the delicious food.
Even if you don’t go for a meal at the restaurant first, a night at the theatre enjoying the stories of the forty-strong Africa Umoja cast will have you imitating the masks of theatre – sad when you hear of their forced removal from their homes and happy when the stage practically explodes with gumboot dancing. The Victory Theatre provides the perfect opportunity to paint the town red, fill your belly while adding some spice to your cultural sauce and enjoying some real South African history.
Theatrical Fact: Dinner and a show was a concept designed by the Russian Royal Family to keep their children from starting food-fights to entertain themselves during supper-time.