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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


(Ramaine Barreiro Lloyd)

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is reliving the Glory Days of the 80’s.

It is fitting that Glory Days is this popular mall venue’s 80th production (staged since 2001), as it is a musical journey through the decade of the 80’s that promises to have audiences crying with laughter, featuring songs that tug at the heart strings, and showcasing music that will bring back a flood of memories. The 80’s produced the catchiest pop songs and the most outrageous fashion statements, thereby creating the biggest party in the history of mankind. The evening is centred on a hilarious computer nerd called Wally, who wants to become a rock star just like his hero, Bruce Springsteen.

Wally takes audiences on his musical journey where he transforms into a singing geek with hits from Richard Marx, Rick Astley and Boy George. He is also joined by the smooth Lionel Ritchie, who takes us Dancing on the Ceiling, while the divas Gloria Gaynor, Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner are Simply The Best. The iconic Stevie Wonder, who is a Part Time Lover and Just Called To Say I Love You, is also featured along with Sir Elton John in We Are The World.

Wally captures hearts when he transforms into a leather-clad rocker singing Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life. The Glory Days continue with songs from Eddy Grant, Bob Marley, Robert Palmer, Bryan Adams and UB40, as well a rocking tribute to Gary Moore’s Still Got The Blues.

Glory Days is scripted by the Ian von Memerty and Tian Rautenbach plays Wally. Handling the vocals along with Tian are Ramaine Barreiro Lloyd and Marvin Nethonondo, while the Barnyard band is made up of Calli Thomson (keyboards), Andy Murray (guitar), Mark Freel (bass guitar), Alan Lloyd (drums) and Kirsty Madgin (saxophone).

Glory Days runs until May 26. Tickets R140 pp from Wednesday to Saturday (R105 pp every Tuesday night and R95 pp for Sunday matinees)

For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit For further information e-mail or visit