Back with Fleetwood Mac

Cast members of The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story. From left are Jason Andrew, Colin Peddie, Mali Sewell, Barry Thomson and Dawn Selby. Marion Loudon is a guest vocalist for the show.

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Stage: The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story
REVIEW BY BILLY SUTER
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I HAVE seen it three times and I could, honestly, see it again… the excellent The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story, my pick for the finest show staged last year at Durban’s cosy and informal Rhumbelow Theatre at the end of Cunningham Road (off Bartle Road) in Umbilo.

Good news is that it is now being revived for performances this weekend at the Rhumbelow’s Pietermaritzburg branch, at the Allan Wilson shellhole. It will be staged there at 8pm on Saturday (March 25) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (March 26).

It is a low-fuss, high-quality production – presented with minimal and interesting patter, and featuring some great footage of the real FM, shown on suspended screens flanking the stage.

If you have yet to see it, don’t mess about – book now! These guys are quite superb, play with great passion and enjoyment, and their performances of classic music get people up, dancing and cheering before the show reaches its finale.

The Reals is an exceptional and versatile Durban band – headed by amiable singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, versatile keyboardist and musical director and singer Dawn Selby, mischievous bassist Jason Andrew and kick-ass drummer Mali Sewell – and, for this show, the team is joined by the ubiquitous Marion Loudon on lead vocals, as well as master guitarist Colin Peddie (of the band Rise).

They get it just right – capturing all the nuances, all the excitement – as they cover the Fleetwood Mac repertoire from the band’s early days as a late-’60s jazz group, in London under the leadership of a now-70-year-old Peter Green, through to their massive 1980s hits as a California-based group with a changing lineup.

Fleetwood Mac was noted for complicated relationships and excessive spending, but more so for magical music.

Expect all the hits here – from the first No 1, the hypnotic instrumental Albatross, through to biggies including Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, Tusk, Seven Wonders, Songbird, Say You Love Me, Everywhere, Gypsy, You Make Loving Fun, Hold Me, Landslide, Little Lies and Dreams.

Here, too, are the brilliant blues items Man of the World and Need Your Love So Bad, both of which are among my favourite moments in the show.

The informal supper-theatre venue opens 90 minutes before the show for a bring-your-own picnic dinner. Light meals and snacks can also be bought at the theatre, where patrons have to use the cash bar (very reasonable prices too!).

Tickets cost R150 each. Booking is essential… at Computicket or email: roland@stansell.za.net. Or ring 082 499 8636.


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