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Sunday, November 13, 2011


(Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell)

The irrepressible Gee Jays, Gary McKenzie, Grant Bell and John Didlick present their festive season smash-hit show, Boep Idles.

The show is an absolute slap in the face for the TV reality show Pop Idols, and one definitely not for the feint hearted – but a real foot-stomping, thigh-slapping all-out laugh for the Festive Season. The Gee Jays pose the question – “what happened to those stars of yesteryear? The ones who made the big time in the 60s and 70s. Have they now got boeps of their own?” I’ll tell you what happened. They’re sitting at home with a beer watching all these wannabe Pop Idols”.

“No Gareth Gates or Will Young here,” they continue. “The show features songs from the real idols who put in the hard yards. No instant stardom, just good, old-fashioned talent. We’re talking guys like Cliff Richard, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Tom Jones and many more.”

Following their success of no less than five record-breaking hit shows, and winning a Mercury Durban Theatre Award for Book Club, the Gee Jays have become a regular drawcard on Durban’s cabaret scene. Performing regularly at corporate events and social fundraisers, the masters of mirth are still plying their trade long after that bloke moved out from living next door to Alice!“ When we got together originally”, says McKenzie, “we decided that it had to be fun or it wasn’t worth it. We agreed that when it stopped being fun, we’d stop doing it. We’re still doing it.”

The Gee Jays after 27 years together – with a little less hair and a little more midriff, hold the unquestionable right to be doing this show. Boep Idles looks at how seemingly un-talented artists can make the big time in spite of their complete lack of talent or ability. “If they can attain mediocrity – so can we,” says McKenzie. “Come and join us on the couch. Watch out Simon Cowell ... And be prepared to laugh ... A lot.

Boep Idles runs from November 15 to December 31. Tickets R100 for the show only. Prices including a delicious two-course meal are R165 on Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunchtime and R190 Wednesday to Saturdays. There are several lunch-time performances arranged to cater for the business and corporate festive-season market. And also special previews on November 15, 16 and 17 where tickets are available on a buy-one-get-one-free basis.

Bookings on 031 765 4197 (for corporate bookings speak to Ros) or online at The Heritage Theatre is situated in the Heritage Market in Hillcrest/

Caroline Smart’s review of the show last year can be seen at However, this year’s menu will have changed.