……BY BILLY SUTER……
GOOD news for fans of Durban’s Barnyard Theatre at Suncoast Casino – the venue opens again with a new show on November 6, when it will feature performances only at 7.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2.30pm on Sundays (until further notice). In line with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the audience will be kept to 250, being 50% of the venue’s capacity.
The new show, scheduled to run until December 31, is Rocking the Globe and it opens the venue for the first time since it closed in late March due to the coronavirus.
The production features a mostly local cast headed by vocalists Kyle Matthews, Raymond Ray, Themba January and Savanah de Beer. Jason Kyle will be on guitar for most of the show’s run, with Barry Thomson standing in for him at some performances. Also in the band are Dylan van der Linde on drums, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Kirsty Madgin on sax and Bongane Sakhile on bass.
Rocking the Globe takes the audience on an adventure to 12 different destinations and features a parade of hits including Abba’s Mamma Mia, Roxette’s The Look and Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry. The show also features songs associated with top acts from countries such as France (Edith Piaf), Spain (The Gipsy Kings), England (George Michael, Ed Sheeran, Def Leppard and The Spice Girls), Australia (Men at Work) and America (Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi, among others).
Also featured in Rocking the Globe is a South African section of songs made famous by Mango Groove, Savuka and TKZee. And, course, Jerusalema by Master KG is on the songsheet.
Tickets for the show cost R195 each, and at the Sunday afternoon performances, pensioners and children under 12 pay half price (telephonic bookings only).
Note that patrons are permitted to take along their own food or buy food at the venue. However, no beverages are permitted in your picnic baskets – all drinks must be bought at the venue’s pub.
Book by phoning The Barnyard Theatre at (031) 940 0500.