Piano wizards back with ‘Handful’

Jonathan Roxmouth, Roelof Colyn and Ian Von Memerty
Jonathan Roxmouth, Roelof Colyn and Ian Von Memerty

STRICTLY Come Dancing presenter and SA’s Got Talent judge Ian von Memerty is bringing his most successful theatre show back to the Bay.

A Handful of Keys, currently in its 20th week of a national tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary, returns to the Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre for a six-show run, from Tuesday until Sunday next week.

The suave duo-piano presentation (with some dancing added), brainchild of Von Memerty, who lives just outside Port Elizabeth, has entertained Bay audiences many times over the past 20 years. It was last seen at the Port Elizabeth Opera House 10 years ago.

It will be hosted by the Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre for the very first time this year. The musical show, that has been performed about 1150 times and has won nine national awards, has toured Australia and has been staged in London, New York and Dubai.

Joining Von Memerty to mesmerise the audience with their nimble fingers will be Jonathan Roxmouth, a multi-award winning musical theatre personality, and charming piano vituoso Roelof Colyn.

Von Memerty said: “The show’s success has really been extraordinary and unexpected. It is such a fulfilling show. The audience will leave with their hands very sore from clapping … faces very sore from laughing and with their hearts very happy. For the first time people will listen to Adele’s songs and not feel suicidal.”

Proceeds from the premiere night will be donated to the Ubuntu Education Fund, a charity in Zwide.

The shows will start at 7.30pm and run for about two and half hours, with a short interval in between.

On Sunday, the show starts at 3pm.

“Tickets cost R120 for those who want to make sure we are not miming and R100 for those who believe we are not, and are happy to sit far back,” Von Memerty quipped.

Pensioners, pupils and students will pay R80 a ticket.

Tickets are available at Computicket. – Balisa Ntloko

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