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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODTHEATRE - ROBYN CO­HEN

HUS­BAND and wife team Ash­ley Searle and Vanessa Har­ris know how to get au­di­ences bop­ping and have staged a string of phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful shows driven by dance, song and com­edy.

Last fes­tive sea­son they were at the Kalk Bay The­atre (KBT) with the fab­u­lously fun Big Boys Don’t Dance, and this year they are back at the KBT with the se­quel Big Boys II. Once again it stars Ash­ley and his brother Bradley. Both are su­perla­tive dancers.

Big Boys II opened on Wed­nes­day and is on un­til Jan­uary 5, with a New Year’s Eve per­for­mance that in­cludes din­ner and danc­ing af­ter the show. The big news is that the cou­ple’s the­atre com­pany, Fol­low Spot, is now op­er­at­ing the the­atre restau­rant.

I love the Kalk Bay The­atre, but for the most part din­ing has been pitched on the higher scale. Two cour­ses were served be­fore the show, then cof­fee and dessert af­ter the per­for­mance.

It added up to an ex­pen­sive evening out. It was also not pos­si­ble to have cof­fee be­fore the show or have cof­fee only.

Now, for R80, there’s an eat-as­much-as-you-want spread, with loads of dips like hum­mus and tzatziki, breads, stews and sal­ads. Cof­fee (about R20 de­pend­ing on what you se­lect) and dessert (from R35) are charged for sep­a­rately. Those not din­ing may or­der cof­fee and dessert or just cof­fee.

The chef is Candice Konig (ex-La Colombe and other eater­ies).

As to the leap from the­atre to food, Har­ris says: “Our two pas­sions have al­ways been the­atre and great food. Af­ter cre­at­ing the pop­u­lar Fol­low Spot Col­lec­tive at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Gra­ham­stown, we re­alised that we might have a knack for man­ag­ing a venue and cre­at­ing a vibe, so when we heard that the pre­vi­ous chef ’s con­tract at the Kalk Bay The­atre was end­ing, we ap­proached Si­mon Cooper (owner of the KBT) and he was ex­cited with our ideas.

Cof­fee is a key part of the new en­ter­prise. “We are us­ing Deluxe cof­fee. We fell in love with this mi­cro­roaster when we vis­ited their head­quar­ters in town.”

As for Big Boys II, Har­ris ex­plains: “We pick up from where the first show left off, with the con­tin­u­a­tion of the sto­ry­line.”

They are amped about the New Year’s Eve per­for­mance, which starts at 9.30pm, with doors open­ing at 7.30pm. Tick­ets in­clude a Big Boy cock­tail, din­ner and dessert.

● Tick­ets for show cost R100 and on New Year’s Eve R330, and that in­cludes din­ner, dessert and cock­tail.

Book for the show only online at www.kalk­baythe­atre.co.za

To book a ta­ble for any din­ner, con­tact Vanessa at 071 471 2291 or e-mail info@kalk­baythe­atre.co.za

Big Boys II is on un­til Jan­uary 5 ( shows start 8pm, din­ner from 6.30pm), but check online for the sched­ule as there are no per­for­mances on some nights.

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