A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

supper theatre
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

YESTERDAY (article first published : 2003-03-28)

Yesterday, running at the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway, is a production paying tribute to the 1960s, an extraordinary time in history when everything from music and social behaviour to technology and warfare - seemed to undergo a drastic change. Understandably, it became known as the 60s revolution.

The cast includes the considerable talents of soloists Ramaine Barreirro and De Wet Wraight backed by Kieran Rennie and Andy Murray. Musical director Dawn Selby is in her usual position behind the keyboard, and on bass guitar is Mark Freel with Alan Lloyd on drums. Apart from a strong brass section, for the first time on the Barnyard stage theres a three-piece string section with Anita Ruscoe on violin, Grant Attwood on viola and Loren Macfarlane on cello.

Mention must be made of the stunning lighting and AV effects created by de Wet Wraight and Dennis Hutchinson

As the title suggests, the show leans towards the music of The Fab Four, The Liverpool Lads in short, The Beatles. The publicity material states that the show had to take on a different format as Sony Music in London declined to give The Barnyard Theatre the rights to stage an entire Beatles show.

If this means that somewhere in the early planning stages, the concept had to take a different direction, Im afraid that it shows. Apart from music from the Beatles, Yesterday now pays tribute to the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Kinks. Taking the first half as compared to the second, Yesterday could be two entirely different productions almost as if it had two different creators and two directors. The first half stays fairly staid and careful to the music with number such as Love is All Around, Yesterday, Matthew and Son and Mellow Yellow. Enjoyable but no fireworks.

After interval, however, the energy was so strong that we were almost transported into the very era of space travel which came into its own in the 60s.

Hit followed hit with each soloist being seen at their best and Andy Murray performed a stunning rendition of Purple Haze. Ramaine belted out a powerful Proud Mary which brought the house down. This was followed by a fun trip in a Yellow Submarine merging into Ob La Di Ob La Da. Michael Magner, Ross Butcher and Avikar Maney (nice to see him taking his rightful place in a production like this) blew up a storm in Tequila.

The production ended with a version of Hey Jude which had the audience going wild and Ive never heard such a tumultous call for an encore at the Barnyard before. So .. yes. First half not so brilliant but stick around for the second. Its worth every cent.

You take your own food at Barnyard although you must buy your drinks from the venues bar. Tonight we opted for a selection from Eat Greek on Broadway in Durban North you can either order and collect on the way or for 10 or more orders, your food will be delivered free to your table at Barnyard. Both the Lasagne and Moussaka (R20 each) were nicely presented although for those with larger appetites you might need something else to accompany it.

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




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart