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Monday, October 14, 2019


(Melvin Peters)

Musgrave Methodist Church is hosting a special one-off Sunday sundowner screening of Buster Keaton’s iconic 1920 black and white silent movie, The Scarecrow, a short 19-minute (two reel) family-friendly silent comedy film starring a youthful Buster Keaton. 

It is perhaps best known perhaps for its opening scene in which Buster and co-star Joe Roberts, are doing household chores with an array of delicious Heath-Robinson type ropes-and-pulley labour-saving devices. Later in the film Keaton tries desperately and comically to outrun Luke the dog.

The film will be accompanied by famed Durban jazz pianist and accomplished organist, Melvin Peters. Continuing with the theme of bespoke music improvised for organ, the afternoon programme closes with a special piece devised for the occasion by Peters based on improvising from various well-known hymns.

The screening is to celebrate the extensive restoration and refurbishment of Musgrave Methodist’s magnificent church organ by organ enthusiast and historian Ed Montoccio. In her past life, the organ was from an old cinema in Birmingham, UK, and was used to accompany silent movies in their heydays in the late 1920s.

The Scarecrow will be screened at 16h00 at the Musgrave Methodist Church on October 27.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for R80 (R50 pensioners and children). Patrons may also contact the church office on 031 201 2005 for all enquiries and advance bookings.

The ticket includes afternoon tea in garden served from 15h00. In keeping with the theme, dress code for the afternoon is Black and White. All monies raised go towards the Musgrave Methodist building restoration fund. Musgrave Methodist is 237 Musgrave Road on Durban’s Berea. There will be car guards in attendance.