Laughs aplenty at midlife cabaret

Many locals missed out on some side-splitting humour when Niqui Cloete- Barrass and Anneline Stiglingh brought their Midlife Chronicles show to the Little Theatre on the Wharf last Saturday.

FUNNY MOMENTS: Niqui Cloete- Barrass, left, and Anneline Stiglingh performing ‘Midlife Chronicles’ at The Little Theatre on the Wharf last Saturday Picture: NTOMBI MSUTU

The Port Elizabeth entertainers are both married moms in their 40s and have spent many nights with a bottle of wine laughing manically and moaning pitifully about their minds and bodies. In their show they depict what it’s like to face midlife crisis through music and little scenes of comedy.

Speaking on stage, Stiglingh said the show would make people explore the different stages of midlife crisis.

“In the show we depict and take you through the journey of midlife crisis, through laughter, crying about the changes that we go through as we face midlife crisis, when a whole lot of things change for both males and females,” Stiglingh said.

She also added that they are very happy people. “We’re happy about life although it may sound like we moaning all the time.”

Loved by all, multi-faceted duo brought their whacky senses of humour and passion for performing together, forming a bond on stage and offstage.

Audiences said that the duo is like being with your best friends having a good laugh and a good cry at the same time.

Cloete-Barrass and Stiglingh tackle male and female midlife crisis head on, including dilapidation of the body and mind, the desperate, unsuccessful attempts of reliving the good old days and the sweats and soaked-flush infested reality that is the middle years.

The two performers had the audience in stitches as they were transforming and adding a little twist to favourite numbers, such as Tragedy by The Bee Gees, Irreplaceable by Beyonce, Hello by Adele, You’re Beautiful by James Blunt, Maroon 5’s Moves like Jagger, Fever by Peggy Lee, and From a Distance by Bette Midler.

Towards the end of the show they acted out a very funny piece about how old people react to technology changes and how they freak out when a computer screen just freezes out of the blue. A lot of the people in the audience could relate and were in stitches with laughter.

In the end they sang comforting and encouraging songs for the audience.


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