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PAUL MCCARTNEY (article first published : 2006-07-14)

Paul McCartney is the current show at the Dockyard Supper Theatre venue at the scenic harbour entrance. It forms part of the Hall of Fame series that has been running for some months. The production is also Dockyardís last show at its current premises before it moves to Musgrave Centre in August to the premises formerly occupied by Legends restaurant where current renovations include a mezzanine floor, stage and refitted kitchen area.

The stage for Paul McCartney is effectively simple and set with plush red curtains. Director Stuart Mey is comfortably seated centre stage at a keyboard fronted by a panel covered with psychedelic imagery, an accurate replica of an instrument used by Paul McCartney himself. Stuart is surrounded by his excellent band: Bruce Boome (musical director), Ian Webster and Ian Jones and popular Musa Mtetwa who gets to move to the centre stage keyboard in the second half in an unplugged set.

Stuart Mey has worked hard at his supper theatre project since its inception, acting sensibly on advice and criticism. As I watched the show progress, I thought of the great strides he has taken in his move from musician to theatre manager and impresario. Dockyard now sports a new sound system which means thereís a huge improvement in that quarter. There are also more lights, allowing for some really fancy effects although some were a bit too hectic last night! Iím reminded of advice from one of Durbanís top lighting designers, Richard Parker, that lighting should be complementary and not take over the show, ie one should never be aware of the process.

Alongside Stuart Mey, always a pro, Paul Cassells does full justice to the music and lyrics of Paul McCartney. Numbers I enjoyed were Back in the USSR, Let it Be, The Long and Winding Road, Kansas City, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Michelle, When Iím 64 and Paulís best- selling hit Ebony and Ivory. Ending the show is Mull of Kintyre which featured surprise guest artists who offered a stirring reminder of my Scottish ancestry!

In a nostalgic journey, tracing The Beatles history from their first appearance at the Cavern Club, John Lennon makes a comeback (courtesy of Dave Arnold) and gives us a healthy dollop of the distinctive Liverpool accent so reminiscent of The Beatles! Dave also reminds us that heís no slouch at playing the flute.

It was with a note of irony that I watched a large number of the audience (obviously visitors to Durban) rushing outside to watch a tanker go past Ė an occurrence that we Durbanites take so much for granted. It will surely be with a touch of sadness that Stuart Mey and the Dockyard Supper Theatre company close the doors on this venue when they relocate to Musgrave.

The meal was enjoyable with starters including Crumbed Mushrooms and ĎTato Skins as well as our choice of Scandinavian Seafood Salad and Chicken & Pineapple Satay, the latter made up of over-large pineapple chunks. Main course is Grilled Sirloin Steak, Chicken & Rib Combo, Prawn Curry, Salmon El Greco and Veg Stack. We selected the steak which was a little tough and the curry which was very tasty, if a bit hot for my palate. For dessert, thereís Fruity Glaze (which didnít come up to expectations), Picasso Fudge Cake, Bread & Butter Pudding and Chocolate Bar One Cake. To book contact Karen on 031 332 1086. Ė Caroline Smart




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