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MICK & TINA (article first published : 2002-09-19)

Duck Chowles and Ramaine Barreiro are drawn to their respective musical heroes, Mick Jagger and Tina Turner. So much so that they’ve teamed up to present Mick & Tina which is currently playing The Barnyard at Gateway.

There’s certainly more Mick than Tina in this revue which is a pity because Ramaine Barreiro is an undeniably shining asset to the production. Utterly focused and in control of her performance and the numbers she sings, she pays tribute to Tina Turner with vigour, humour and pizzazz. Appearing in numerous skintight costumes and outrageous wigs, she belted out Turner’s numbers faithfully with the same verve and passion.

While Duck Chowles has perfected many of Jagger’s mannerisms in his posturing, pouting and manic movements, he lacks the pop icon’s swagger and enormous sexual energy. What is also missing is a fluidity of phrasing, particularly in the all-too-few quieter numbers. These are welcome in this non-stop roller coaster ride down memory lane. There is some attempt at narration as the one performer provides links for the other but these could be more balanced and expanded to include more interesting snippets of information on the music stars.

While offering some beautiful atmospheric sequences, the lighting last night was not always accurate and it did look as if the show could have done with a few more technical rehearsals. There is no director credited and perhaps therein lies the problem – a clear, all-seeing eye to mould the production to its full potential.

I think the time has come for the Barnyard to take a serious look at its sound system. Either it is inadequate or ineffectively designed. Singers cannot go on giving their all and putting in fine performances only to have their words rendered unintelligible. It isn’t fair to them. It is an undeniable fact that artists today are at the mercy of technology if they perform with backing tracks and instruments that are miked.

The Barnyard isn’t the only culprit by any means but I think theatre managers owe it to their performers, many of them top ranking names in their field, to allow them to be heard at their best. The average theatre-goer may not be able to discern what is technically right or wrong but when the backing overshadows a performer they will surely have a sense of unease, the cause of which they may not be able to identify.

However, judging by the audience response last night, they had no problems with anything technical and were only too happy to clap and bop along with this high energy show that features a really hot band. With Andy Murray on lead guitar and Chris Luke on saxophone, you’ve got a combination that can’t fail. Add the energetic Alan Lloyd on drums, Joe van der Linden on bass guitar and Calli Housdon on keyboards and things look even better. Top that with Kerry Hiles and Angela Dodds on backing vocals and it’s a winning backing ensemble.

Highlights of the show were Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Little Red Rooster, Ruby Tuesday, Proud Mary, Simply the Best and the inevitable Satisfaction.

At Barnyard, you take your own food (no alcohol but the venue has a fully stocked cash bar) or order from any of the food outlets in the complex. Last night we chose tramezzinos courtesy of Fego and opted for a Bacon and Avo and one with Chicken Strips, peppadews and a sweet chilli sauce. Certainly very filling and tasty, accompanied by a generous Greek salad.

Tickets R65 Wednesday to Saturday, with “Buy One Get One Free” on Tuesday night and Sunday lunchtime shows. Book on 031 566-3045/6 or e-mail: barngate@mweb.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za – Caroline Smart




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