Entertaining, educational and simply hilarious – A Handful of Keys rocks the PE Opera House


Not at all knowing what to expect from a show called A Handful of Keys, I walked into the Port Elizabeth Opera House filled with anticipation and excitement.

What I discovered was a show filled with humour, entertainment and I learnt something new along the way.

The virtuoso talents in this 2017 edition of the show are Roelof Colyn, a stalwart of A HANDFUL OF KEYS since 2001, who is beloved by audiences for his effortless charm, dead pan wit and the liquid magic of his playing, and nineteen-year-old James Smith, the youngest person ever to appear in the revue. 

The show itself was created by and starred Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel back in 1994 and played for over 300 performances to over 100 000 people for the next three years. The show has won nine awards for best musical production and best musical performance along the way.

While the faces in the show have changed along the way, it still retains its reputation for being a spectacular display of showmanship and musical amazement. And to top it off each show has a secret special guest piano prodigy to play on stage with them; showcasing some local hidden talent every show. 

Roelof and James left the audience spellbound with their flawless piano playing, and kept the laughs going with silly antics along the way as well. The most hilarious part had to be when Roelof was singing the Bare Necessities while James was playing the piano and stripping his clothing off down to his underwear while Roelof egged him on.

This show has the power to delight and surprise the audience in the most unpredictable ways. The power of their partnership really shines through in every act, from playing the most well-known hits from Broadway in just 12 minutes to playing with four hands on one piano, there is nothing those two can’t do!

The show will be playing at the Port Elizabeth Opera House until the 28th of October. Tickets are available at Computicket.  

Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
Eastern Cape contact number 086 163 6845
Eastern Cape email address exec4@ricochetpublishing.co.za