Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 6 – 17 February
Two riotously hilarious and versatile performers in a laugh-a-minute clash of cultures.
The ultra-classy Ian von Memerty (Strictly Come Dancing, SA’s Got Talent and A Handful of Keys) reluctantly teams up with the unashamedly Philistine from De Aar, Gino Fabbri (Gino Fabbri is Completely Nuts) for an outrageous musical comedy, Common and Class which will have you rolling on the floor and rocking in the aisles at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 6 – 17 February
The uncommon combustible clash of breeding and culture pits drummer-comedian Fabbri’s dynamic drumming and guitar-playing against Von Memerty’s pyrotechnic piano-ism, resulting in a roller-coaster of musical contradictions.
Their mismatched machinations sees ‘the ‘battle of the twits’ moving effortlessly from Rock to Rocky Horror, Boeremusiek to Broadway and Country to Classical, even sharing a masterclass on how not to look sexy on the dance-floor along the way.
Common is convinced that Class “has a giant stick up his arse”, whilst Class considers working with Common akin to “climbing Mount Everest, naked, carrying an inbred Yeti on my back.”
Class musters all the self-control he can as he is dragged kicking and screaming through Country cowboy-land, whilst the finer expressions of classical music whistle past Common like a tumbleweed trundling through a deserted town.
The confusion of Ian’s anally retentive Class being forced to work with the dim-witted but moronically enthusiastic Common is the back-bone to a show that brings belly laugh after belly laugh!!
Ian von Memerty has been variously described as “the English dictionary definition of show-business” and “a confused eclectic”. He has received 15 national theatre awards and been nominated a further 17 times. He is best known as the presenter of the hit TV series STRICTLY COME DANCING (5 series), as the ‘faaaantastic’ judge on SA’S GOT TALENT, and for his two piano show A HANDFUL OF KEYS – which has played to more than 450 000 people in over 1,400 performances.
The Eastern-Cape based rubber-faced comedian-singer-drummer Gino Fabbri is a popular favourite on the Johannesburg corporate entertainment circuit, where he regularly acts as interactive MC and plays multiple very funny characters over the course of an evening. He was featured at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre last year and returns to the Barnyard following his acclaimed 2016 tour of ‘Gino Fabbri is Completely Nuts’.
As owner of the nationally successful production company Centrestage, Fabbri approached Von Memerty last year and the pair produced a terrific Elton John show together which toured the Eastern and Western Cape. With Fabbri himself on drums and Von Memerty bringing down the house each night as the flamboyant Elton John, the pre-show backstage banter and one-upmanship which ensued paved the way for their natural collaboration.
When these two explosive talents combine, hilarity ensues and stomach-muscles are given a strenuous work-out as two witty and beloved entertainers take merciless pot shots at each other in the guise of their alter-egos. To quote one dazzled and delighted reviewer “I laughed myself a six-pack”.
Common & Class is a show so funny you will cancel your Prozac prescription and therapy sessions!
Booking is through Computicket.

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