Table Manners is a flamboyant send-up of the classic murder mystery. It is the grand opening night of the Snowy Creek supper stage, and the dazzling Miss Dina Divine is discovered in her dressing room – dead! Assembled at the dinner table are six of her dearest friends, each with a damn good motive for murder! As the accusations fly and tempers flare, everything on the dinner table is put to delightfully inventive use to recreate the scene of the crime.
Durban Theatre Awards 2004
Madam la Bouche
Karen van Pletsen
“Using only the contents of the dinner table as props, the play cycles through each character re-enacting the murder scene as they would have done it. This constitutes the bulk of the play and, while it’s really one long running joke, it works remarkably well, flitting between slapstick and absurdity with the flick of a wrist. It’s a concise piece of original theatre that both entertains and demands that you use your brain to keep up with its absurd shenanigans. A triumphant piece of fluff.”Peter Machen, Independent on Saturday
“Once again Durban can thank its lucky stars it has a talent as lustrous and dedicated as Greg King to deliver such consistent quality fare… King has created a bright and bubbly production with the potential to become his biggest success yet.”Billy Suter, The Mercury
“King’s inventiveness comes into it’s own, ably assisted by his cast, using everything on and off the table that has been set for the supper theatre… the pace never lets up for a moment as the performers go way over the top, obviously enjoying themselves immensely and ensuring that the audience does too… The combination of visual gags, spoof of the murder mystery genre and clever staging makes for great holiday entertainment… a piece of fun, cleverly conceived and well-presented.”Margaret von Klemperer, The Witness
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