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Wednesday, February 11, 2015


(A scene from “Those Were the Days” which is currently running at The Barnyard)

Despite escalating load shedding countrywide, The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway has ensured that the show will go on, having just secured a back-up power option.

The popular mall venue had ongoing headaches with inconsistent load shedding affecting performances scheduled over the festive season. This was impacting negatively on the patrons, the business and the centre, so The Barnyard collaborated with Gateway Theatre of Shopping to come up with a plan to ensure that they had access to a back-up power supply in the form of a generator. This was connected recently and will supply power to ensure that the theatre’s sound, lighting, kitchen and infrastructure remain operational. 

Commenting on this, The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway’s owner, Debbie Davidson, said: “It is a great relief to know that we are now able to continue with our shows, uninterrupted, when there is load shedding. I am extremely grateful to Old Mutual Properties, our landlord, who has been proactive in ensuring that we are able to continue operating, by connecting our power for the lights and sound required to run our productions to the centre’s generator. While there is obviously an additional cost for this, it far outweighs the logistical nightmare of having to cancel or reschedule shows. The Barnyard also now offers an alternative to patrons left in the dark during extended loadshedding periods.”

Currently running at The Barnyard is Those Were the Days. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit For further information e-mail or visit