A Feast of Flight: Charlize & The Chocolate Factory

Fri Oct 12, 19:00 - Sat Oct 13, 21:00
Joseph Stone Auditorium

A Feast of Flight’s second annual production presents “Charlize and the Chocolate Factory” – a pole dance spectacular that will bring to life Roald Dahl’s renowned novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with contemporary and entertaining twists as the story unfolds.

The story? It’s 2018 and Willy Wonka is looking for the new “icon” of Wonka’s chocolate factory. Auditions are taking place nationwide and only five finalists will get a “Golden Ticket” to the final round where they’ll go up against each other in front of Willy Wonka himself.

Presented to you by the instructors and students of The Pole Project, in collaboration with Pole180 and Wild Pole Flow Movement. Join us for a showcase of whipple-scrumptious pole acts and aerial artistry that engulfs the senses and awakens the imagination.

Please note: parental guidance is advised for kids under the age of sixteen as there may be references to alcohol, drugs and imitable behaviour not suitable for children.

Secured parking will be available at the theatre.

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Pole Dance and a Chocolate Factory
The latest pole dance showcase to hit the annual calendar in Cape Town is The Pole Project’s A Feast of Flight, a non-verbal theatrical production with 2018 being only the second in a series of modernised childhood stories and fairy tales pinned for future events.

The first of its kind, A Feast of Flight 2017 took place at the Nassau Centre in Newlands in late July. The theme of year one was a contemporary play on Lewis Caroll’s famous Alice in Wonderland, where we followed Alistair down a rabbit hole of dubious choices and bad influences until eventually he slayed his "jabberwocky" demons.

This year the storyline is based on Roald Dahl’s scrumdiddlyumptious tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... except in the modern-day pole world we follow five competitors as they battle it out for the title of being the "face of Wonka" as we also get a peek at the peculiar confectionary maven, Willy Wonka, the Wonka factory and his Oompa Loompas.

Director of the production and owner of The Pole Project, Kathy Lee, says: “The challenge this year was to find a theme that would top our first show and live up to some rather high expectations. Not only did we need to find fantastical characters we could bring to life and that audiences would be familiar with, but also a story that could translate into a pole dancing production on stage. We decided on the beloved tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, because who doesn’t love the story about the eccentric candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, who opens up his magical and mysterious factory to five lucky children? With its two film versions and a West End musical, Roald Dahl’s ‘sweet’ story is arguably the most prominent amongst his many children’s books. Plus, the name is fortuitously harmonious with the name of our show… a FEAST indeed!”

2017's show incorporated acts by The Pole Project (based in the CBD at the time) and The Scar-Lit Box (based in Claremont at the time) and took place in the southern suburb of Newlands. It was a runaway success and tickets sold out long before opening night.

In 2018 the show moves to the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone to be able to accommodate a larger audience and be more central to a larger community as A Feast of Flight year two is presented by instructors and students of The Pole Project (in Woodstock) in collaboration with Pole180 (in Bellville) and Wild Pole Flow Movement (in Woodstock, previously based in Bergvliet). With a student base ranging from the CBD to the Southern and Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, A Feast of Flight 2018 is a showcase of pole dance talent from around the city.

Lee tells us a little bit more about this years’ storyline: “We decided to spin Dahl’s delicious tale with our own contemporary and imaginative twists. In our story, Willy Wonka is looking for the new “face” of the chocolate factory. Auditions are being held worldwide, and only five talented finalists will get a “Golden Ticket” to the final round. Audience members will be taken on a journey where they will get to meet some crazy and entertaining characters, including Die Augustus Groep, V-Tox Beauregarde, Veruca Salt ‘n Pepa, The Teavee Sisters… and of course Charlize, our underdog, the shy ‘boeremeisie’ whom, we hope, will ultimately emerge triumphant.”

About The Event
A Feast of Flight – Charlize and the Chocolate Factory will show on Friday, 12 and Saturday, 13 October 2018 from 19h00 – 21h00 at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, corner of Protea and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone.
Tickets for the event range between R255-R295 per person and can be bought via Quicket.
Drinks and snacks will be on sale at the event. There will be secure parking provided around the Stadium.

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For more information contact The Pole Project on 021 461 0215, [email protected] or visit www.thepoleproject.co.za.

Elizabeth de Vos as Charlize and Francois du Toit as Wonka in A Feast of Flight: Charlize and the Chocolate Factory. Image credit: Lindsey Appolis.







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A Feast of Flight: Charlize & The Chocolate Factory
Joseph Stone Auditorium
Protea St & Klipfontein Rd, Athlone, Cape Town, 7764, South Africa
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