Soapie stars shed evil personas for good clean fun

THE Eastern Cape was awash with celebs the last couple of weeks thanks to Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival and other events – and Skinnerbek was there rubbing shoulders with some very familiar faces.
Even some cartoon characters – well, kind of.
The Radisson Blu clientele in Nelson Mandela Bay are generally clad in ball gowns and suits, but this past weekend Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, the Flintstones and 101 Dalmations ran riot at an autism awareness tea.
Even the guest of honour – the scheming Kimberley Haines from Isidingo – costumed up for the charity do.
Actress Marisa Drummond shed the evil persona of Kimberly to squeeze into a tiny white Wilma Flintstone outfit, accessorised with hubby Christopher who dressed up as her brawny caveman Fred.
Guests told Skinnerbek they could hardly believe she was seven  months pregnant with their first baby – and what a sweetie she is in real life! Not at all the snooty socialite.
Women guests also lined up to have their pic taken with the new Mr PE, Garneth Jaggers, who although he is quite new at the job, seems to be the perfect gentleman.
Now, of course, the hunt for our very own The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth is hotting up … and this gal can hardly wait for the gala evening at the Opera House on Thursday, July 28!
In Grahamstown, the homely Albany Club in High Street was the place to be to encounter some of the headliners of the Main programme shows.
And your Gossip Girl completely understands why. With its blazing fire, lively pub, home-cooked meals and good company, it was just the pozzie to escape the wet and freezing cold that had descended on the valley.
The cast of the cutting edge dance production Lovaffair cor made it a regular hang-out – even having a birthday celebration one night – and lead performer, the glamorous and always stylishly turned out Chuma Sopotela, managed to turn heads everywhere she milled about.
Veteran actor Jamie Bartlett – appearing in the drama Death of a Colonialist – also made an appearance at the club., warmly dressed. Like Marisa, the soapie star – who plays the malevolent David Genaro in Rhythm City – is quite the opposite and charming. , and was having a great time. , judging by his constant grin.
All in all, it was an excellent if chilly fest, and Skinnerbek especially loved the boys from D-Seven – A Taste of A Cappella. These Cape Town dudes  sing like angels – and are  lookers to boot. Now there’s an ideal date combination, wouldn’t you say?

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