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Sunday, November 18, 2012


(Barry Thomson and Marion Loudon)

Heritage Theatre is a very elegant and classy experience. (Review by Keith Millar)

A night out at the Heritage Theatre is a very elegant and classy experience. Fine dining, excellent service (thanks, Julia) and live music performed with considerable style and panache.

Their festive season offering this year is Going Out With A Bang. While the title hints at the Mayan prophecy that the world will end on December 21, this is not taken too seriously and is only hinted at, tongue in cheek style, from time to time. Instead, the show is a celebration of life, of being happy, and of having fun. There is no particular theme to the programme. It is rather a selection of some of the most memorable and loved party songs of recent times.

The Heritage Theatre band is in particularly good form. The group is made up of four very experienced and skilled musicians – and this shows in the exceptional standard of their performance. Front man is Durban’s own rock guitar maestro, Barry Thomson. Musical Director Dawn Selby is on keyboards, Jason Andrew on bass and Mali Sewell on drums. Joining Barry on vocals for this show are the lovely Marion Loudon and the exciting young Jerryn Fosteras.

Jerryn is billed as a recent Heritage Theatre find. Well, they have unearthed a gem. This boy is a serious talent with an outstanding voice. He impressed with songs such as Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5), It’s The End Of The World (R.E.M.), We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel) and Ballroom Blitz (The Sweet)

Marion Loudon was also in fine voice with songs such as the new Bond theme song Skyfall by Adele, Big Yellow Taxi from Joni Mitchell and 99 Red Balloons by Nina.

Other songs on offer included Final Countdown (Europe), a Time/Eclipse Medley (Pink Floyd), Somebody I Used To Know (Walk Off The Earth), Fragile (Sting), Who Wants To Live Forever (Queen). There was also a bit of fun with the lighthearted Don’t Worry be Happy (Bobby McFerrin) and Bright Side Of Life (Monty Python)

All in all, there is something for everyone in compilation which is outstanding festive season party fare.

The evening started with an excellent two course meal. The menu is varied enough to make selection difficult. In the end both my wife and I settled for the Baked Mushroom and Butternut starter. This was beautifully creamy with flavours of garlic and mozzarella cheese. We followed this with an outstanding Lamb Shank with Baked Vegetables (note that this is a Chef’s Special and you have to pay a bit extra for this dish). It was perfectly cooked and just fell from the bone. In my wife’s words “divine”.

Get your festive season under way with a rocking, fun-filled party at the stylish Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest

Going Out with A Bang runs until December 31, 2012, at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest. Ticket prices R195 pp Wednesday to Saturdays (R165 pp Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunchtime). All prices include an excellent value two-course meal. If you just want to watch the show and not dine, tickets areR120 pp. For more information or bookings phone 031 765 4197 or visit – Keith Millar