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A HANDFUL OF KEYS (article first published : 2006-01-8)

A Handful of Keys, the show that keeps on going, is back at The Barnyard from January 24 to February 5. Now in its third incarnation, it promises to be younger, taller and fresher.

This hilarious two-man piano show conceived and starring Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel began in 1994 and for the next three years played for over 300 performances to over 100,000 people garnering reviews that producers dream about.

In 2001, it entered its second incarnation - again starring Ian but this time along with the unknown Roelof Colyn who subsequently enjoyed a massive success in the show. Another three years, another 300 performances and the show was seen by another 100,000 people.

And now the show takes on its third shining shape - starring Roelof Colyn and introducing Capetonian Jeremy Quickfall who will be directed by Ian, in beautiful costumes by Grazia Verona, on a gleaming new set designed and lit by Denis Hutchinson.

“As the producer, I knew that this show required very specific talents – near concert-pianist virtuosity, extreme vocal versatility and a charm and comic ability that powered the whole show,” said Ian. “I was not going to put the show on unless I found the right talent to match Roelof who has grown into a truly accomplished comedian with an electrifying stage presence. I believe that the show is more than the sum of its parts and having seen how Roelof had succeeded in Bryan’s original role I know that the show will change with mint fresh ideas that I would not come up with…provided that I found the right person”.

In Jeremy Quickfall comes a bright new talent to ease into this smoothly polished show. An excellent pianist, he has all the skills necessary to handle the extreme demands of the show. He has a fantastic wide smile and a big energy to match his 1.8 metre plus frame, and seems to have the touch of madness required. This will be carefully and nurtured until he truly insane!

A Handful of Keys has something magical that speaks to people of all ages. The music is evergreen, the humour is sharp and irreverent and the script dazzlingly witty and fast.

Tickets R90 per person with Buy One Get One Free promotions on Tuesday nights and Sunday matinee. Bookings and enquiries on 031 566 3045, e-mail gateway@barnyardtheatre.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za

The Barnyard Theatre will be dark from January 9 to 23 but the booking office will re-open on January 16 for bookings and enquiries.




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