4.77 (31)


9 performances between Dec. 4, 2017 and Dec. 13, 2017
Dark Comedy
Directed by Toni Morkel • Created by Roberto Pombo • Joni Barnard • Toni Morkel • Jemma Kahn • Performed by Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard • Lighting design and dramaturgy by Jemma Kahn • Sound design by Roberto Pombo
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Brought to you by the creators of the cult hit "Father, Father. Father!", Robaby Productions proudly presents KIDCASINO! This award-winning team take you on a surreal and satirical exploration of the underbelly of Casino Culture, the obsession with winning and the endless indulgence of compulsive gambling. Described by The Critter as a ‘glitter horror show’, this dark comedy promises to entertain, entice and unnerve.

Directed by theatre veteran Toni Morkel, staring Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard, with lighting design and dramaturgy by Jemma Kahn, KIDCASINO follows two kids as they run free in Sun Star Casino's Arcade. Left to their own devices while their mother risks it all at the slot machines, these siblings indulge in tokens, tickets, chewing gum, soda, fast food, flashing lights and endless promises of prizes. Welcome to Sun Star Casino, where you play big to win big!

“...superb performances by the cast of two, Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard. They expend enough energy to light up a small Eastern Cape Dorp” - Keith Millar, Artsmart.

Media & Reviews

"Barnard and Pombo are simply marvellous as the brother and sister who cavort around the casino, also taking on other roles such as the kids' mother or a floor cashier as the play demands. They are a radiant onstage pairing, with many astonishing ideas about how to transform even the simplest of interactions into physical comedy gold."

Review of 'Kid Casino' by David Fick

Audience Responses

Brilliant! Just brilliant!

Lwando • Attended Dec. 11, 2017, 9 p.m.

Two very hardworking actors -amazing!!!!!!

philip • Attended Dec. 11, 2017, 9 p.m.

Not sure whether to laugh or cry. Settled on a bit of both.

Gemma • Attended Dec. 11, 2017, 9 p.m.

What an unusual performance! It was such high-energy that I really needed a stiff drink afterwards. Congratulations to the actors, producer and lighting specialist. Highly recommended. Alexander Theater you really have winning recipes with your choice of production! Thank you!

Carolynn • Attended Dec. 6, 2017, 9 p.m.

Great physical performance. Extremely polished. Perfect co-ordination. Ending left me wanting more, felt it was a little too abrupt. But, also good with leaving a general sense of unease. Fear and Loathing for kids!

Michaela • Attended Dec. 7, 2017, 9 p.m.


Jade • Attended Dec. 13, 2017, 9 p.m.

Dark and hysterical - satire at its best. I loved it.

Kim • Attended Dec. 7, 2017, 9 p.m.

A perfect dark cult that captured the trap of gambling and child neglect with chilling realism and ecstatic humor.

Maria • Attended Dec. 5, 2017, 9 p.m.

Harrowing and hilarious - a black comedy that's also very glittery.

Lauren • Attended Dec. 6, 2017, 9 p.m.

Superb! Loved it! Best piece of theatre I've seen in a long time, and physical theatre is not usually my thing.

Tana • Attended Dec. 7, 2017, 9 p.m.

Accomplished, but a deeply unpleasant experience. Very good performances but I’m not sure it’s a good play

Suzy • Attended Dec. 8, 2017, 9 p.m.

True craftsmanship! A study of the savagery that is consumerism by artists who truly grasp its throb. I’ll see it again.

Robert • Attended Dec. 8, 2017, 9 p.m.

Absolutely riveting! The grotesque comes alive in this horrifyingly entertaining show and takes the audience on an engrossing journey they will not soon forget. Polished to perfection, this captivating piece of theatre peels back the mask, drips with nostalgia and brings a surreal reality into synchronized animated theatrical existence.

Brenna • Attended Dec. 8, 2017, 9 p.m.

Briliant!! Joni is a gifted actress ! Willem and Magda

Willem • Attended Dec. 12, 2017, 9 p.m.

Wild, unexpected, sharp. More!!

Noelle • Attended Dec. 13, 2017, 9 p.m.

Outstandingly realised characters, amazing performances from both actors, exceptional, haunting for days afterwards

Nicole • Attended Dec. 7, 2017, 9 p.m.

Excellent! But I couldn't understand why the man and the woman were fighting??

Shaun • Attended Dec. 8, 2017, 9 p.m.

a ugly-laughter rollick through the under-belly of consumerism; perfectly pitched, slick performances, I loved it.