February 07, 2013
Magical Madame Zingara’s Seaside Spectacular in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
A glimpse behind a magical velvet curtain, a whiff of sea breeze in the air and a feeling deep within your soul that anything is possible… this is what a night at the enchanting Madame Zingara’s Miracle Tour promises – and boy, does it deliver!
The magnificent Theatre of Dreams, in which Madame Zingara is hosted, has been beguiling show-goers with a variety of specialised acts for more than a decade. Produced by Richard Griffin, the theatre has found a new home in Cape Town’s premier seaside shopping centre, the V&A Waterfront, bringing these two Mother City favourites together in a spectacular partnership.
The Miracle Tour, with its ever-changing international cast, is the captivating Madame’s final hurrah before she retires for a much-needed break – but that doesn’t mean the show is any less sparkling.
From the minute you step onto the grounds, you are enveloped in an atmosphere of wonder and magic. Beach house paraphernalia remind you of where you are, but it is the quirkily-dressed characters and the three-tiered velvet interior of the majestic tent that hint at what is in store for you.
Welcome drinks are brought to you by eager waiters, before you are whisked to your table. If you are not yet correctly attired for the evening’s fantastical adventure (and really, you should be, this is the circus after all!), you will find all of the bedazzled masks, feather boas, hats and the like that you need in the Bijoux Boutique, the onsite emporium.
Have your picture taken solo or with the buxom Stella Magaba beneath a rose garland archway, let the face-painters wave their make-up wands over you or have your future read by resident fortune-teller Yvonne.
With the steady beat of the drum, it’s show time! As you laugh out loud at the comical shenanigans of Master of Ceremonies, Mr C; gasp in awe at the dexterity and flexibility of Ziggy, the Mongolian contortionist; gaze in wonder at the airborne antics of Sam, the aerial artist; lust after the Argentinean drummers and enjoy the musicality of vocal group Cathy and the Specifics; your taste buds will be enchanted by the delicious four-course meal served by the easy-on-the-eyes waitrons.
I am still dreaming of the chocolate chilli steak fillet (yes, it is as dangerously decadent as it sounds) but I am told by my fellow diners that the softly cooked Norwegian salmon is as tasty and you simply cannot, I stress this, CANNOT, miss out on the trio of chocolate desserts (chocolate ice-cream, brownie and tiramisu with a brandy kick).
All too soon, this unforgettable evening will come to an end, but the fun continues as the resident DJ works his spin deck wizardry and opens the dancefloor to patrons. You’ll dance and shout to the latest hits and greatest dance classics until the wee hours of the morning.
This was my second visit to the whimsical Theatre of Dreams, and I thought nothing could top last year's experience. But not only did the Madame once again lure me under her spell, she has surpassed all expectations with what is truly a miraculous Tour. The show runs nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Book now at + 27 (0)861 623 263
Win a night with the Madame!
For your chance to win this amazing prize, simply tell us which act you’d be if you were a Madame Zingara performer, and why. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 13 February, 2013 at noon. Good luck!