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TIN HAT FROLICS (article first published : 2002-04-15)

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Memorial Order of Tin Hats, more widely known as the MOTHS, an organisation that was founded in Durban by the then Natal Mercury cartoonist Charles Alfred Evenden.

To pay tribute to the thousands who fell in both World Wars, many of them from South Africa, Troubadour Productions is to present a nostalgic show titled Tin Hat Frolics.

While the seriousness of war, bravery on the battlefront and loss of life will be rightfully acknowledged, the show - as the title suggests will focus on the ever-enduring spirit of survival inherent in mankind in times of trouble and stress.

Tin Hat Frolics will include songs such as A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, You Made Me Love You, When You're Smiling, If You Were the Only Girl, Moonlight Bay and Cruising Down the River. Also Die Ou Kalahari and Sarie Marais, not forgetting the considerable part South Africans played in both wars.

Also included will be a section devoted to Durban's legendary Lady in White, Perla Siedle Gibson, who took on the self-appointed task of singing troop ships and other naval vessels in and out of the harbour during the Second World War. She will be remembered for rousing numbers such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Long Way to Tipperary, Wish Me Luck and Bless 'Em All.

Tin Hat Frolics features the strong comedy talents of Peter Gardner, Frank Graham, Caroline Smart and Rosalie Howard. The script was co-written by Caroline Smart and John Simpson with the inclusion of a sketch by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. John Simpson was also to have appeared in the show but had to withdraw after a sudden bout of ill heath.

Shows take place at Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road in Umbilo on April 26 and 27 at 19h00 for 19h30 with an earlier show on April 28 at 17h00 for 17h30.

Tickets R60 include a light dinner, vegetarians need to advise their requirements in advance. Limited secure parking available.

Booking is essential. Contact Roland on 031 205-7602 (h) or 082 499-8636 or e-mail: roland@stansell.za.net




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