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THE DOCKYARD (article first published : 2003-03-18)

Exciting developments in the supper theatre industry are taking place on the Point Waterfront. Stuart Mey, producer/director of the hit musical tributes Santana and Clapton which sold to packed houses recently and four other shareholders are currently renovating the old Mixer/Moby Dick’s venue in the Shotblast Shed. They aim to create a supper theatre venue with an interesting new concept.

Called The Dockyard, the venue is an ideal “middle of the road” size theatre, accommodating 200 people – smaller than the Barnyard, but bigger than the Cellar and Backstage.

“I like to think that people go to see shows to relax – as they would in their own lounge,” says Stuart Mey so I am inviting people to sit back and relax in my “lounge” and enjoy the best vibe and view in Durban.

An added feature of the Dockyard is the two-tiered layout. The upper level is designed as a VIP section (along the lines of the Nedbank Cinema Privé) and includes comfortable lounge chairs, a separate dining area, with a private bar and waiters and an amazing view of the harbour.

This area entitled The Captain’s Table is designed in such a way that it can be closed off for private parties yet has the best vantage point for the stage. The Dockyard will be an ideal venue for companies or private individuals wanting to entertain – on a small or a slightly larger scale.

An innovative approach with meals offers a full traditional three-course menu, side orders, as well as individual snacks off a limited menu. The Dockyard is fully licensed with a superb wine list at good value for money, has safe and secure parking and is wheelchair friendly. Although the Dockyard will only open in the evenings during the week, it will still open for breakfasts and lunches on the weekends, when it plans to provide a platform for alternative types of entertainment – such as jazz ensembles etc.

The Dockyard opens on April 9 with the first of Stuart Mey’s musical tributes The Legend of Eagles which played to a select audience earlier last year. “I have had innumerable requests from people who either saw the show or have heard about it, all asking for it to be brought back so we thought it would be the ideal show with which to open the Dockyard,” says Stuart.

A legend in the making – a theatre in an area desperately in need of entertainment yet very popular with Durbanites as a place to “get out, chill out and enjoy the view and the ambience of the Point Waterfront”.

The Legend of Eagles musical tribute opens at the Dockyard Theatre on April 9. Book at Computicket or contact the theatre on 031 332 1086 or Sharon on 083 486 3271.




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