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NEW SUPPER THEATRE VENUE (article first published : 2004-07-18)

The end of February saw the closure of one of Durbanís top supper theatre venues, the Langoustine Theatre By The Sea.

Since then, Gary McKenzie, who was in charge of running the theatre, has been working hard on establishing an alternative venue for supper theatre fans to enjoy the same high quality supper shows that the Langoustine had to offer.

Gary is also a member of the long established and popular Durban-based cabaret group, The Gee Jays, who have appeared numerous times on SABC 3's Comedy Showcase". Working with the management of the Mt Edgecombe Country Club, he has come up with a possible short term solution that could develop into a full time venue.

The Gee Jays coincidentally, were the first, and last acts to play at the Langoustine in its five years of operation. Therefore, Gary McKenzie thought it only fitting that they should launch the new venture at Mt Edgecombe with their brand new show entitled Raising The Standards which is described as a show that celebrates 10 years of democratic freedom in a way that allows us all to laugh at ourselves. Out loud!

Numbers include Walking by Baby Back Home, King of The Road, Georgia, Thatíll Be The Day, Proud Mary, I Saw Her Standing There, Even The Bad Times Are Good, Piano Man, Iím a Believer, Joy to The World, Spirit in The Sky, Mandy, Old Man River and Canít Help Falling In Love.

In an hilarious take on our ten year celebration of democracy, The Gee Jays ponder some interesting comparisons, such as ... what has changed with regards to sexual harassment, what do R5 and R 200 have in common with prophylactics ... and why is it unsavoury for older men to wear suspenders..?

The venue will be launched on July 20 and 22 with the view to establishing a permanent, regular "two-night-per-week" supper theatre venue. From the following week there will be regular Sunday and Monday night slots. The format will be a three-ourse meal sit down supper and show. Tickets will be R140 per head for the show and meal.

With the reputably high standard of catering and relatively affordable bar prices at Mt Edgecombe, coupled with the popularity of The Gee Jays, the venue should prove to be a hit in the months to come.

Bookings for the show on 031 539 5330.




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