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MASTERS OF ROCK VOLUME 2 (article first published : 2006-03-11)

The first time the Dockyard Supper Theatre stage presented Masters of Rock, it was such a success that owner Stuart Mey has been continually asked for a re-run. Currently running at this informal harbour entrance venue with its superb harbour views, Masters of Rock Volume 2 delves further into the music of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Bad Company and others.

Stuart Mey is to be commended for his introduction of new talent onto the local supper theatre circuit and Masters of Rock Volume 2 is no exception. It’s an all-male cast with comparative newcomers Mike Thomas and former Doowah boy Wayne Delport joining guitarist Ian Jones as well as 17 year-old Chris Brink, who made his début at the Dockyard during One More Night.

There is a basic concept to the production in terms of the passing of the Rock mantle from one generation to another – in this case, musical director Bruce Boome shares his expertise with his protégé, Chris, thereby ensuring that classic rock music survives. This concept of a lone guitar sunk into the rock, like a modern-day Excalibur, could do with further expansion and the hooded character who provides the linking dialogue and storyline could well be better positioned and less ominous.

It is heartening to see a strong professionalism in terms of staging at the Dockyard. This production sees a cave-like set complemented by moody and dramatic lighting. Performers’ positioning is better defined and the music revues are becoming more theatrical in terms of presentation.

There are some excellent numbers such as Walking by Myself and Stairway to Heaven. Others that went down well with tonight’s audience were Highway Star, Whole Lotta Love, Sweet Home Alabama and My Sharona. We were able to enjoy Ian Jones’s pleasing lower vocal register in Parisian Walkways and La Grange. There is good microphone interaction between Mike Thomas and Wayne Delport. Still fairly inexperienced in this kind of theatrical presentation, Mike Thomas is still a little detached in his performance but Wayne Delport held his audiences riveted with his considerable energy.

While he has been taking a more administrative role lately, Stuart Mey is so synonymous with The Dockyard that it was nice to see him on stage for the encore giving a stirring rendering of Joe Cocker’s Little Help from My Friends.

Tickets R150pp include a two-course meal. The Dockyard has introduced menu options low in GI and calories with no added sugar. On the starter menu is Smoked Chicken & Mango Salad, “Wings” Veggie Kebabs and Chicken Livers Peri-Peri. Main course choices are Grilled Rump Steak; Chicken & Rib Combo, Calamari Main, Salmon El Greco and Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni. Desserts include Chuck Berry, Chocolate Bar-One Cake and Abbey Road Apple as well as Dom Pedro a l’Orange. Sunday specials R80pp for the show only. Each audience member is supplied with a pair of “drumsticks” so they can interact with the show!

Masters of Rock Volume 2.runs at the Dockyard Supper Theatre stage until April 16. Bookings through Karen or Melissa on 031 332 1086. – Caroline Smart




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