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HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE (article first published : 2002-07-14)

When performing the successful Those Were the Days, which recently had a re-run at the Langoís Theatre, the cast received so many requests for Beatles songs that they decided to create a new production dedicated to the music of the Fab Four.

Here, There & Everywhere opened on July 3 in the Royal Hotelís Backstage supper theatre venue but had to suspend performances for a while because the Royal played host to many high-profile delegates for the African Union Conference. Security was too tight to offer the Backstage as an easily accessible venue.

However, the show is up and running again and well worth a visit for those who enjoy the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. And you donít have to have been born in the Beatles era to enjoy the show. Performed with love, honesty and respect, the lyrics and music are as enjoyable today as they were in the heyday of the Liverpool lads in the 60ís.

The cast features Those Were the Days stalwarts Patrick Collyer (who co-ordinated the show), co-presenter Angela Dodds who wrote the script, Fiona Tozer, Dave Atkinson and Glen Turrell. Together they take audiences down a gently nostalgic trip incorporating numbers such as Nowhere Man, Iím Only Sleeping, The Fool on the Hill, Ticket to Ride, From Me to You, In My Life, Little Help from my Friends and Come Together.

Always a joy to listen to and to watch her perform, Fiona Tozer is musical to the end of her nimble fingertips and her involvement gives the show much clout. Apart from the title song, her performance with long-time colleague Dave Atkinson of Blackbird was particularly notable. Dave himself impressed with numbers such as Here Comes the Sun.

With John Lennon styled specs, Patrick Collyerís laid-back presentation eases the audience into relaxed mode and his Girl and When Iím 64 were a delight. Angela Dodds, the ďbabyĒ of the show, proved that you didnít have to have been part of the Beatles era to pay respectful musical homage to the their music. She brought her strong theatrical skills to numbers such as Do you want to Know a Secret and a Beatles favourite, although not one they wrote themselves, Till There Was You.

Normally only seen in a low profile in the background as bass guitarist, it was good to see and hear Glen Turrell grasp the limelight confidently as lead vocalist in Iíll Follow the Sun.

The second part of the show showed better interaction between the performers and delightful moments of humour were introduced into songs. This could have been used to good advantage in the first half as well. The consummate musicality of the group is undeniable with Fiona and Angela playing a variety of instruments. It was a pity that sometimes the sound balance did not give due sensitive recognisance to lead vocalists, producing harmonies that didnít always gel. The lighting was simple but effective.

Tickets are R120 which includes a three-course meal. Some of the items on the menu reflect the song titles in the show. For starters, thereís a delicious Norwegian (Norwegian Wood) Seafood Mosaic or Creamy Mushroom Soup. Main courses are Chicken Lady Madonna or Baked Fish Eleanor (Eleanor Rigby) Ė both good choices Ė with Chilled Yoghurt Cream with Black Cherries to follow. Top book phone 031 333-6000. Ė Caroline Smart




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