Cheeky spin-off show will dazzle

Lynne Gadd–Claxton

THE co-creator and performer of the popular 50 Shades of Eve will have Port Elizabeth audiences enthralled in her latest musical production Shades of Faye.

50 Shades of Eve had audiences lapping up the hilarity and her vocal prowess, and now they will be treated to a host of musical celebration.

“It is a spin-off from 50 Shades of Eve but highlights my experiences and chasing my dreams. It’s a journey with the audience incorporating a personal funkiness and cheekiness,” Gatley said.

Her production is a journey of “complicated love and pursuing someone that is bad for you”.

“So much of what I go through is what everyone goes through. Anybody can relate to issues portrayed in the show.”

She performed in Twotone Music’s Divalicious Project earlier this year and earned a Showtime Award for Best Amateur Actress in 2011.

In the show, Gatley performed covers from Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Maroon 5.

She also sings original songs from her album The Way I Play such as I Don’t Wanna Fight and Dear Santa which are playlisted on regional and national radio stations. There are also a few surprises in store from the album she is busy recording, which is a blend of theatrical songwriting.

Gatley will be joined by local rocker Wayne Kallis from Pistola on guitar and vocals, who recently opened for South African rock bands Prime Circle and aKing. Kallis will perform an acoustic version of the band’s new single Coming Down at the show.

The Durban-born Gatley moved to the city when she was 10-years-old and said her heart and soul belongs in the Eastern Cape.

She attended Sunridge Primary and then Westering High School but it was not until Westering’s annual production in her final year that the theatrical bug bit.

Gatley performed in the lead roles of Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! after a 2007 Footloose ensemble role – a time she described as when”everything came loose”.

Shades of Faye will be at The Music Kitchen at 69 Mangold Street in Newton Park on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tickets are R50 on 083-455-8007. Booking is essential.

Audiences who enjoyed the sold-out show 50 Shades of Eve with Gatley, Marelize Barnard and Niqui Cloete- Barrass can see the trio perform again tonight at The Barn at the Port Elizabeth Opera House.

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