New Year outing for the boys
Take your man along to see this energetic show; you’ll both be glad you gave it a whirl inthe
FOR A fun, entertaining night out, Big Boys Don’t Dance at The Kalk Bay Theatre delivers – there’s fabulous dancing and plenty of laughs.
It features brothers Ashley and Bradley Searle and is on until January 8.
In the festive season many of us could do with a lift – and this show has lifts galore – of the dance variety.
Big Boys Don’t Dance is directed and choreographed by Ashley’s wife, Vanessa Harris. The show came about after the success of their production, Love @ First Fight which tracked the story of how they met – more or less.
Harris and Ashley come from dance and musical theatre backgrounds. He was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance and they put a great deal of dancing into Love @ First Fight.
Audiences loved the show – and the dance in particular.
When it came to doing the next instalment, Harris was pregnant and for obvious reasons wasn’t in any condition to leap about on stage. They pulled in Ashley’s brother, Bradley ( who also has background in musical theatre, much of it in Joburg) and set about conjuring up some hectic dance sequences.
In Big Boys Don’t Dance, we see the boys getting sloshed at Ashley’s bachelor party. A stripper vamooses with the car – which is owned by Ashley’s future father-inlaw. Then they hear about a dance competition with a lot of cash up for grabs. The brothers enter.
Vanessa says that they use episodes from their lives as narrative triggers, but embellish and cook up colourful scenarios.
In real life, there was no stripper at the bachelor party, admits Ashley, but he can’t really recall much about that night anyway.
The Big Boys script may be thin in places, but it is simply a frame to link the awesome dance sequences.
It is breathtaking to watch. The show won an Ovation Award at the 2010 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and deservedly so.
The show is hilarious, with witty allusions to popular culture and reflections on what it means for men to dance when society at large deems it an unmanly pursuit. They take the mickey out of popular dance films like Dirty Dancing and it becomes part-critique, but very much a celebration of the genre.
To keep Big Boys fresh, they constantly update the material, says Harris. For instance, when they staged the show during the World Cup, they tossed in the Waka Waka dance. Now the shuffle is the dance party number of the moment and that is featured in a big way. It works brilliantly on the tiny stage of the Kalk Bay Theatre.
As they leap and twirl about, Ashley and Bradley just about dance in the audience’s laps.
There is no show tonight, but there will be a New Year’s Eve show next Saturday night.
For the New Year’s Eve gig the show begins at 9.30pm (on other nights, it starts at 8.30pm and at 7.30pm on Sundays), but the festivities will start earlier at 7pm with bubbly and food. After the performance, the party will continue.
Tickets for the show on New Year’s Eve cost R360. This includes a picnic hamper and bottle of bub- bly or, if you want the grub but don’t want the bubbly, a ticket will cost R285.
Extra drinks may be purchased from the bar, which will be open throughout the night. Tickets for the rest of the run cost R95. It is on on selected nights until January at 8.30pm, but 7.30pm on Sundays.
HILARIOUS: Brothers Ashley and Bradley Searle’s humour and dance in
will keep you enraptured.