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CLIFF (article first published : 2008-01-31)

The Dockyard Theatre stage was set with a Cliff photo and two shadowed guitarists on either side, as a background. Along came Cliff Richard aka Andrew Jones, who crooned the night away and, might I say, much to the delight of the crowded house.

Accompanying Andrew on this musical tribute to Britain’s pop legend, were musical director and bass guitarist Bruce Boome, “uncle” Gerald Knott on electric guitar, Ian Webster on drums and on keyboards as well as assistant musical director was the ever-smiling Musa Mtetwa. On rhythm guitar and link-man to the show, was Dave Arnold characterised as a London Bobby. This Bobby-on-the-Beat was dressed complete with baton and handcuffs! He proudly says that Cliff Richard is Britain’s answer to Elvis and he has all the music of Cliff on CASSETTE!

The costumes ranged from Cliff’s tuxedo in the opening, to glitter waistcoats, blue jackets and black pants. Andrew wore a bow-tie and, I stand corrected, I remember Cliff Richard as always being photographed in a jacket and tie.

The Cliff trip down memory lane included great hits such as 40 Days, Summer Holiday, Bachelor Boy, We Don’t Talk Anymore, Wired For Sound, I Could So Easily Fall In Love With You and many more memorable songs. The song Devil Woman, which cracked it for Cliff in the USA, was superbly performed.

The highlight of the evening was Dockyard owner, producer and director Stuart Mey, joining the musicians on stage to sing The Young Ones. Stuart, well done on your new look and great vocal talent!!

Cliff invites patrons to relive the era spanning Cliff Richard’s entire musical career.

The Dockyard has mouth-watering meals. Starters included smoked chicken and mango on rye; calamari served with garlic or lemon butter; Spinach and Feta Phyllo Pastry Rollettes. For main course there is a choice of a Hake and Calamari Combo; my choice of Grilled Sirloin Steak served with onion rings and chips, or rice, or steamed garden veggies; Veg Stir-Fry served with noodles or savoury rice; Chicken Palermo Forno which is grilled chicken breast smothered in creamed mushrooms and served with baby potatoes (which my dining partner said was “absolutely divine”).

This musical tribute to Sir Cliff Richard runs till March 1. For bookings contact Melissa or Karen at the Dockyard Theatre on 031 201 9147. - Pauline Dalais




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