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JUST THE TICKET (article first published : 2003-11-22)

Radio Today presents a radio adaptation of Just the Ticket by Percy Tucker on his 50+ years in South African Theatre on Sundays at 18h00 (epeated Thursdays at 11h30). The 19th episode will be broadcast on November 23 and 27.

“1968 was quite a year for Musica Viva and classical music lovers,” says Percy Tucker. “Among many wonderful artists who they brought to SA was the ultimate professional soprano, Victoria de los Angeles, who was a joy to tour with. Others were Pierre Fournier, the French cellist and Narcisco Yepes, classical guitarist. The JMS brought out the great German soprano Irmgard Seefried and violinst Ruggierio Ricci.

“The Percy Baneshik/Bertha Egnos musical Eureka directed by Anthony Farmer and starring Lawrence Folley (my Benoni High schoolmate) opened at the Civic. It was based on the discovery of gold near Barberton, but was not a success.

“Overseas acts continue to come to SA. The Quibell Bros brought The Sandpipers, Frankie Laine, Gilbert Becaud, the Gunther Kallman Choir, Caterina Valente whilst Pieter Toerien and Basil Rubin brought out French model, actress, singer Francois Hardy and Shelley Berman the USA comedian. Listen to how Shelley wrought havoc with the furniture in his hotel room, because of the lack of air-conditioning and the effect on his toupee!

“ACT brought out the one and only Liberace. Hazel Feldman, who worked for ACT, describes how he arrived with 150 rolls of toilet paper and the ultimate in safari outfits for his tour of 'Darkest Africa'. The Xmas attraction for the Quibell Bros was Andy Stewart. An English actor arrived to work at the Academy. His name was Rex Garner.”

All this and more on Ivan May's Kutcha Vultcha on Sunday at 18h00 on Radio Today and re-broadcast on Thursday morning at 11.30am.

More information from Percy Tucker on e-mail: percy@iafrica.com




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