BY BILLY SUTER
GOOD news for patrons of Durban’s Rhumbelow theatres in Umbilo and Kloof, as well as the theatre branch at the Allan Wilson shellhole in Pietermaritzburg – a special-price package deal for two adults and two children will cost only R300 for all shows (first week of run only), with immediate effect.
In addition, the theatre group’s manager and entertainment co-ordinator, Roland Stansell, has decided to extend the first-week-of-run R130 concession for pensioners to include students (with student cards). The regular price for tickets to Rhumbelow Theatre performances is R150 a head.
Stansell opted for these changes today following a discussion with Facebook users into ways to improve attendance and try to attract younger audiences to the mostly showband entertainment staged at the three venues.
Stansell also asked Facebook users for show ideas for next year and beyond. After consideration, he has announced that, by popular request, he is liaising with various local artists with a view to them creating separate tribute shows focusing on the hits of Cher, Billy Joel and Queen.
Stansell confirms that Durban singer-pianist Evan Cullum will be the star of Elton John and Friends, a new show headed for the Kloof theatre from October 17 to 21. Neil Diamond fans can look forward to the Umbilo theatre presenting The Reals with a Neil Diamond tribute, Hot August Night, from October 5 to 7, 12 to 14 and 19 to 21.
Also on the cards is a new children’s show, Grandpa Grump and the Magical Junk Shop, to be staged at the Umbilo venue at 11am daily from October 1 to 5. Admission for this will be only R60.
Another treat to look forward to is a magic show, Trick and Treat, suitable for the whole family. It is scheduled for the Umbilo theatre from October 26 to 28.
A new musical entertainment by an all-woman local vocal group is also on the cards for the end of the year, he says, adding that various ideas are also being thrown around for shows with appeal for a younger audience.
The Rhumbelow Theatre, with seating at long tables, was established in Umbilo 17 years ago and offers regular entertainment, mostly over weekends. Patrons are encouraged to take along their own picnic baskets and snacks, although light meals can be bought at the venue. Note that all beverages have to be bought at the theatre pub.
Booking for all performances is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.
The Umbilo theatre, in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, is offering the delightfully quirky The South Jersey Pom-Poms band this weekend (8pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday). My review of the show, first staged at the theatre’s Kloof branch, is available by clicking here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3bf
Also note that popular Durban tribute band, The Reals, stage their acclaimed Rodriguez tribute show at the theatre’s Tina’s Hotel branch in Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. For my review of the show click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3zY
At the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch, at 2pm on Sunday, you can catch the Gee Jays vocal trio – John Didlick, Grant Bell and Gary Mackenzie – with their fun And That’s When the Trouble Started…, a production meshing hit songs and lots of comedy.