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THOSE WERE THE DAYS (article first published : 2005-10-4)

Those Were The Days is the new show at the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway. It pays tribute to a decade where the pace of change in international, social and cultural affairs was quicker than in any other. It was an unforgettable decade during which some the most influential music of our time ran the gauntlet from sugary pop to acid rock, Woodstock to Vietnam, The Beatles to The Rolling Stones and Richard Nixon to flower power.

Setting the tone for this foot-stomping festive season show, are the likes of California Dreaming, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Mustang Sally, Those Were The Days, Age Of Aquarius and Hey Jude. Medleys include the music of Tom Jones, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and the Beach Boys.

Flower children and would-be hippies can answer the call to dress up and local fashion designer Terrence Bray – who was responsible for the styling the gorgeous costumes for In The Mood reminds of the fashions of the time. “The 60s conjures up some fantastic images and influences in clothing. One word that always takes me back and should be relatively easy to put together with what is available in store would be ‘psychedelic’,” says Terrence.

“For a contemporary twist on this theme think of phrases like psychedelic gypsy, universal love and flowers, flowers, flowers. For the more adventurous this would be your chance to revive the ever-popular mini kaftans, smocking bells and flares. Not forgetting that men’s shirts and pants cannot be tight enough. Life is groovy!”

The nine-piece cast will consist of three lead vocalists and a six-piece band. Kieran Rennie will take on the role of Awesome” Powers as well as featuring on vocals, with Monique Steyn and Durbanite Joel Zuma completing the lead vocals. The band will be made up of musical director Calli Thomson on keyboards, Josh Thatcher (seen in Born To Run) on lead guitar, Joe van der Linden on bass guitar, Mali Sewell on drums, and a brass section of Judy Brown on saxophone and Gavin Knox-Grant on trumpet.

Those Were The Days runs from October 4 to January 8. The Barnyard’s annual ticket increase comes into affect with this show and prices will go up nominally to R90 per person. Buy One Get One Free promotions run on all Tuesday night and Sunday matinee shows. Bookings and enquiries on 031 566 3045.

There will be no shows on Christmas and New Year’s Day but Buy One Get One Free evening shows will be staged on December 26 and January 2. There will be additional lunchtime shows on three consecutive Fridays: November 25 as well as December 2 and 9.

”Those Were The Days” should not be confused with the show of the same name that had several sell-out seasons at Kwasuka Theatre and the Royal Backstage a few years ago..




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