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THE BATS (article first published : 2008-03-21)

The BATS are still very much alive and back at Heritage Theatre after two years.

In 1964, Eddie Eckstein, Paul Ditchfield, Pete Clifford and the Late Barry Jarman, burst onto the local scene and became, to many ardent followers, South Africa’s answer to the Beatles. They toured extensively, both locally and internationally, wowing audiences here and in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and Germany with their brilliant music and hilarious comedy show.

In the early 70’s they won a Sarie award for ‘song of the year’ with Who’s That Girl and in 1972 Paul’s composition Oh God It’s Beautiful was chosen to represent South Africa at the Tokyo world song festival. Paul took Eddie with him to Tokyo to perform the song and they reached the finals.

In 1980, with many hit singles, including Shabby Little Hut and Vat Hom Dawie and a whole bunch of long playing vinyls under their belts, they decided to go their separate ways to pursue solo careers. This break just seemed to hone their talents because after a break of 21 years, they are better musicians now than they were then!!

After constant pressure from their fans to get back together again, Eddie, Paul and Pete, minus the late Barry who had decided to retire, were joined by Derek Gordon and got back on the road for what they thought would be a short ‘come back’. Little did they know that six years later they would still be on the road, delighting audiences both young and old.

The BATS are back at The Heritage Theatre for a short run of a week from April 1 to 6. Ticket prices R185 from Wednesday to Saturday evenings (R160 Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunch) for a delicious two-course meal and show. Show times are Tuesday to Saturday at 19h00 (meal) for 20h30 (show), and Sunday lunchtime specials at 12h30 (lunch) for 14h00 (show). Bookings on 031 765 4197 or online at www.heritagetheatre.co.za




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