Recalling hits of the 1980s

A scene from That ’80s Show, opening at the Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino on April 12.

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BY BILLY SUTER

IT WILL be back to the 1980s, the era of big hair, MTV, shoulder pads and neon clothing, for the next show headed for Durban’s grand new supper theatre, The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga.

The show, titled That ’80s Show, will be performed at 8pm every Thursday to Saturday and at 2pm on Sundays, from April 12 to June 17.

That ’80s Show will feature popular Durban performers Barry and Calli Thomson – he on guitar and vocals, she on keyboards –  as well as dreadlocked Durban drummer  Dylan van der Linde and his wife, saxophonist Kirsty van der Linde. Others in the cast are vocalists Itu Tshabane, Ally de Bruyn, Kyle Matthews and Aimee Rain, and bassist Trevor Donjeany .

That ’80s Show will transport you back to a time when synthesizer music, energetic anthems and incredible voices rocked our world. This was the decade of big hair, shoulder pads, ripped jeans, mullets, neon clothing, Reaganomics and Pac-Man,” says a Rockwood Theatre spokesman.

“More importantly, it also saw the emergence of music channels such as MTV and VH1, which with their music videos, launched the careers of many iconic artists.”

The 1980s produced hit-makers such a Police, Duran Duran, Rick Springfield, Nick Kershaw, Blondie, Madonna, Bananarama, The Bangles, Human League, Yazoo, INXS, Phil Collins and Michael Jackson, to name just a few.

That 80s Show, directed and co-produced by Andrew Webster, highlights songs associated with these acts. Hits featured include Hungry Like the Wolf, Man in the Mirror, True Love, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Eternal Flame, Jessie’s Girl, Don’t Go, Cruel Summer, Call Me, In the Air Tonight and many more.

The Rockwood Theatre sells pizzas, platters and light meals, or patrons can bring in meals bought from the Sibaya Food Court. No food from outside the casino may be brought into the theatre, where all drinks have to be bought at the venue.

Tickets on Thursdays cost R100 each on even numbers. The regular price is R200 a head. Tickets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays cost R130 each, while on Sundays there is a 50% discount for pensioners and free entry for under-12s. To book, or for more information, visit www.rockwoodtheatre.co.za or phone (031) 161 0000.

……….LOOKING AHEAD AT ROCKWOOD THEATRE AT SIBAYA CASINO………

O Note that Durban band The Reals, with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt, will perform the hugely popular Tribute to Dire Straits at 8pm on Sunday, April 1. There will be one show only, for which tickets cost R135 each. To book phone (031) 161 0000.

O Acclaimed blues guitarist Dan Patlansky will perform at the venue at 8pm on Saturday, April 7, to promote his new Perfection Kills album, released on February 2. Tickets cost R180. To book phone (031) 161 0000.

O Durban songbird Natalie Rungan performs a mix of songs in Unforgettable at the Rockwood Theatre, at 2pm on Sunday, April 8. To book phone (031) 161 0000.

O  Hit band The Parlotones is scheduled to perform at the venue on June 7 and 8. To book phone (031) 161 0000.

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