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Keith Millar: Howzit my china! Don’t Tune Me –Ek Sè is a lekker jol, and there is lank kif chow as well.
Back at the Heritage Theatre by popular demand are the evergreen Gee Jays in a musical tribute to the 1970’s. Looking fit, and in some cases very well-fed, they offer their brand of unpretentious entertainment, belting out all the hits and keeping the audience in stitches with their mad cap, risqué patter.
The show is a delightful, nostalgic trip down memory lane. All the best loved songs from the era are performed and the audience remembering all the words, joined in with abandon. Occasional radio ads and snippets of radio shows from the time are played to set the ambience, while the Gee Jays muse over days of braaivleis, sunny skies, rugby and Chevrolet when CB radios and safari suits ruled.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix and the Gee Jays certainly ain’t broke. They just seem to get better as in their own inimitable style they perform memorable tunes such as Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie Yellow Ribbon and Knock Three Times. They pay tribute to South African artists with hits like Substitute by Clout, Shabby Little Hat by The Bats and the classic Ag Please Daddy by Jeremy Taylor.
Country and western is represented by Rhinestone Cowboy, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, among others. The Beatles as solo artists are remembered with John Lennon’s Imagine, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, Ringo Star’s You’re 16 and Paul McCartney’s Band on The Run.
After interval it is straight to the disco, mirror ball falsetto singing and groovy dance moves and all. In their own words, “Boy, can the ballies still move!”
Music from 1970 movies include Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance King and Burning Bridges from Kelly’s Heroes. Finally, the show is rounded off with is the timeless sing along, dance along song YMCA by the Village People.
The Gee Jays are backed by some very talented musicians in Calli Thompson on keyboards, Andy Turrell on guitar, Jill Murraybrown on bass (looking good, Jilli) and Francois Hardy on drums. The sound mix was in the hands of Glen Turrell so it goes without saying that it was outstanding.
I was ready to be critical of the current menu at the Heritage Theatre which seems to be more comfort food than what you would expect for a fine dining experience – but then I was blown away by the Beef Hot Pot. Tender, succulent and mildly spiced, it is very tasty indeed. The Haloumi Salad starter was also good as was the Bruschetta enjoyed by my wife. Washed down with a bottle of cold, crisp white wine, it proved to be a most agreeable meal.
Other options are Chicken Livers Peri Peri as a starter with main choices including Vegetarian Lasagne; Hake Fillet and Cape Malay Chicken Breyani.
If you were around in the 1970’s, get to see this show, it will bring back fond memories of a time less complicated. If you weren’t around - go and see it, anyway – you will have a lekker fun-filled jol – ek sè.
Don’t Tune Me –Ek Sè runs at The Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest, until February 3. Tickets R195 pp Wednesday to Saturdays (R165 pp Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunchtime). There are no shows on Mondays. All prices include a good value two-course meal. The venue’s legendary Lamb Shanks are also back on the menu at a slight extra cost!
A non-dining, “show only” option is also offered at R120 pp. The Heritage Theatre is situated in the Heritage Market at Hillcrest. For bookings or more information phone 031 765 4197.
© Caroline Smart
031 261 6036
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Heritage Theatre, Shop 14U Heritage Lifestyle Centre, 9 Old Main Road Hillcrest KwaZulu-Natal South Africa