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YESTERDAY FOR BARNYARD (article first published : 2003-02-21)

The 1960s were turbulent and exciting. The word “permissive” entered the household vocabulary and sexual and social taboos were eroded by the contraceptive pill and the joint.

Yesterday, a musical compilation show coming toThe Barnyard Theatre at Gateway, pays tribute to a decade where the pace of change in international, social and cultural affairs was quicker than in any other.

Originally billed as The Fab Four, this show has taken on a slightly different format as Sony Music in London declined to give The Barnyard Theatre the rights to stage an entire Beatles show. Kicking off with the Mersey sound which was epitomized by The Beatles and marked the beginning of a musical revolution, the production now includes music from the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Kinks.

Vietnam, Woodstock, Richard Nixon, John Lennon and free love all became synonymous with the 60’s revolution. Mass communication helped create and sustain a worldwide youth market, hem lines shrunk visibly and the music of bands such as the Rolling Stones and The Doors came to symbolize young people’s rejection of parental values.

The Yesterday cast consists of Kieran Rennie and Andy Murray on guitar and vocals, Mark Freel on bass guitar and vocals, Alan Lloyd on drums and Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals. Ramaine Barreirro and De Wet Wraight will feature on vocals only while the brass section consists of trombone, trumpet and saxophone and the string section comprises a violin, viola and cello.

Audiences can expect to hear 60s anthems like All You Need Is Love, Mellow Yellow, Proud Mary, Wild Thing and Satisfaction.

Yesterday runs from March 18 to June 1 Tickets R70 (Buy One Get One Free on Tuesday nights and Sunday matinees). Booking and enquiries on 031 566 3045/6, e-mail barngate@mweb.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za




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