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ONE MORE NIGHT (article first published : 2005-08-12)

The first thing that strikes you with One More Night, the new show at the Dockyard Supper Theatre, is that it has a much more professional feel than that of previous productions seen at this Point Waterfront venue at the harbour’s entrance.

The staging is sensible with a clear and simple design incorporating large images of Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker to whom the show pays tribute. Above them is a massive Union Jack, reminding us that these are among Britain’s most popular rock icons. Sparkling stars make reference to the title of the show.

Producer and headliner of the show is Stuart Mey who has created the show in response to the many requests for a revival of his Eric Clapton tribute held in the Playhouse Cellar some years back. One More Night allows him to do the numbers he does so well, like Joe Cocker’s Summer in the City, The Letter and Unchain my Heart as well as Clapton’s I Shot the Sheriff.

Working alongside Stuart and doing justice to Phil Collins’ numbers is Manchester born Andrew Jones, a welcome new face on the Durban theatre scene. He has worked in the UK for many years but is now settled in South Africa and I hope we see more of him. Not only is he a highly focused performer but he is no slouch on the drums, either. Make sure you ask for an encore otherwise you will miss one of the highlights of the evening.

I really enjoyed Separate Lives which Andrew sang with Angela Marshall who, with Tammy Saville provides most of the backing vocals. Back on the Dockyard stage is the popular brass trio with stalwarts Russell Scott and Kirsty Madgin joined by newcomer Qhawe Ngcobo.

On guitars are Chris Brink (16), David Knott and musical director Bruce Boome with Musa Vincent Mtetwa in his familiar position at the keyboards. The show entices the multi-talented but under-utilised Andy Turrell away from his guitar to the drum kit and he later appears on the pedal steel guitar.

A few gripes – the choreography for the backing female vocalists was way too hectic. Backing singers should do just that – stay in the background, create an attractive picture around/beside or next to the featured performer and don’t pull focus from him or her. While I had no problems with the sound balance in the first half, after interval I did battle to hear the lyrics through the barrage of sound in Another Day in Paradise and You Can Wear my Hat

One More Night presents a predominantly youthful cast with some members making their stage debut. Nine of the 12 cast members are under the age of 26. Andrew Jones is not much older with Stuart Mey and Bruce Boome falling into the veterans’ category!

One More Night runs until October 2. Tickets R80 for the show at 20h30 (R60 optional two-course meal) from Wednesday to Saturday. Sunday performances at 18h30 at a special price of R100 (one-course meal and show with dessert an optional extra). The main meal is served prior to the show and dessert during the interval.

The menu has a distinct British feel. We enjoyed two of the main choices: The Beefeater, sliced beef fillet served with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce, and The Artful Dodger, whole grilled baby chicken with a barbeque or peri-peri sauce. Other choices are The Duchess of Cornwall’s Calamari and Baldrick’s Cunning Plan which is ovenbaked aubergine stuffed with vegetables. Dessert choices are Blair’s Chocolate Brownies and Queen’s Crème Brulé – both deliciously decadent – and Domyard Dock Pedro.

Bookings phone Karen on 031 332 1086 or Computicket. – Caroline Smart

The Dockyard is introducing blues evenings on Tuesday evenings entitled The Blues Café. The evening will include a light menu. R30 cover charge.




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