BY BILLY SUTER
DURBAN’S Rhumbelow Theatre franchise is getting a good response to having placed online dozens of its previous stage successes – all filmed live and for which the public pays a minimum R100 per person watching, to be provided with an online link to stream the show of their choice.
Even better news is that SoSuterBill is offering a competition that will permit FIVE lucky followers to watch any one of these online productions at no cost at all. See the end of this story for details on how to enter the competition.
Roland Stansell, manager and entertainment co-ordinator of the Rhumbelow Theatre, which has branches in Umbilo, Kloof, Pietermartizburg, Sheffield Beach and Durban North, said R10 320 had been raised by today (March 8) from online viewing of the theatre’s shows since lockdown over the Coronavirus.
The initiative, known as the LOSS Series (short for Lockdown Online Streaming Shows), was introduced recently as a means of keeping the Rhumbelow theatres afloat during their closure for lockdown. Stansell placed 59 pre-recorded Rhumbelow shows online in a bid to try to cover the theatres’ monthly costs and to help place bread and butter on the table for performers. Stansell added that he has several more shows to add to the list in coming days
Anyone keen to watch a show and help save the theatre should first decide on how many people will be watching. Viewers should make a minimum donation of R100 per person watching, and deposit this amount into the Rhumbelow bank account.
Banking details are as follows:
Name of Account: Rhumbelow Theatre
Bank: Nedbank Musgrave 130126
Generic Branch Code : 198 765
Account No : 2301348474 (Savings)
Fax for Deposit Slip : 086 685 0300 (if not electronic transfer)
Reference: (Name of show you’re keen to watch)
Once you email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org you will then be sent the link to watch the show.
The shows staged previously at the Rhumbelow and currently available online include popular offerings from The Reals, Mark Banks, Godfrey Johnson, Sam Marais, Frank Graham Lisa Bobbert, Cat Simoni, Rocco de Villiers, Daniele Pascal, Tonya Koenderman, Janna Ramos-Violante, Darren King, Rory Rootenberg, Jacobus van Heerden, The Glitter Girls, Graham Rich, Barbie Meyer, Elvis impersonator Doug Weich and drag lip-sync troupe The Family Players.
The following is the full list of shows currently on offer:
DATE – SHOW NAME – CAST – DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOW
2001-11: JET DRAG THE FAMILY PLAYERS Fun drag show with The Family Players
2003-08: TIPSY TART FOLLIES THE FAMILY PLAYERS A fun comedy Drag show from The Family Players
2005-01: TSUNAMI CONCERT THE FAMILY PLAYERS & FRIENDS A concert that was done to raise funds for the Gift of The Givers during the time of the Christmas 2004 Tsunami.
2005-03: DIVAS TO A T TONYA KOENDERMAN Musical cabaret with Tonya Koenderman, performing music of some of the top ladies.
2006-02: LIZA WITH A T TONYA KOENDERMAN The music and life of Lisa Minnelli
2006-06: BOBBERT UNCUT LISA BOBBERT A laugh a minute show with Lisa Bobbert
2006-07: THE G SPOT FRANK GRAHAM & GRAHAM RICH Comedy and laughs with 2 of Durban’s comic veterans.
2006-12: ABSOLUTLEY FABULOUS THE FAMILY PLAYERS AND FRIENDS Comedy Drag show at its best from The Family Players
2007-07: BOSMAN’S WOMEN BARBIE MEYER Herman Charles Bosman story telling with Barbie Meyer
2007-09: THE RETURN OF THE CONVENT GIRLS LISA BOBBERT & TONYA KOENDERMAN Fun with Lisa Bobbert & Tonya Koenderman
2008-03: THE VERY WEATHERED GIRLS THE FAMILY PLAYERS Fun drag show with The Family Players
2008-07: WILD & FRAGRANT BARBIE MEYER Hilarious story telling with Barbie Meyer. Story’s from Herman Charles Bosman
2008-11: FRANK GRAHAM – RECONTEUR EXTRAORDINARE A fun evening of stories and jokes with Frank Graham 200901 DIARIES OF A DOWN & OUT DIVA TONYA KOENDERMAN Fun Musical cabaret with Tonya
2009-06: CADENZA AND MORE RORY ROOTENBERG & ANNE DUTHIE ON PIANO Intoxicating & infectious musical mampoer
2009-08: LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANKS MARK BANKS Comedy with Mark Banks
2009-10: FLIRTING WITH COWARD GODFREY JOHNSON The Music of Noel Coward
2009-12: FAIRY FOLLIES THE FAMILY PLAYERS A Fun comic Drag show from The Family Players
2010-05: SHADOW OF BREL GODFREY JOHNSON Godfrey Johnson Plays the music of Jacques Brel
2010-06: BANANA BANANA – 11 GAYS TO GO THE FAMILY PLAYERS Rhumbelow Theatre & The Family Players Celebrated the World Cup in 2010 with a Fun drag show called BANANA BANANA – it had 11 players.
2010-11: C’EST SI BON DANIÉLE PASCAL – PIANO PIETER VAN HELSLANDT Great French artists and other music from Daniele Pascal
2011-03: HIGH NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS RORY ROOTENBERG & ANNE DUTHIE ON PIANO Songs and music with Rory Rootenberg
2011-07: BOBBERTLICIOUS LISA BOBBERT Fun on stage with this mad cap performer.
2011-12: STUFFED TURKEYS THE FAMILY PLAYERS & FRIENDS Fun drag show with The Family Players
2012-02: COWARD TO BREL GODFREY JOHNSON Godfrey Johnson Plays the music of Noel Coward and Cole Porter
2012-06: BAD HABITS THE FAMILY PLAYERS Comedy Drag show about Nuns
2012-10: THERE WAS A TIME – SPRINGBOK RADIO FRANK GRAHAM Enjoy a fun look at the history or radio and specifically Springbok Radio in South Africa
2013-02: LE CHOP ROYALE: BENSON SCHWENSON Comedy with Jacobus van Heerden
2013-02: SUSPECTS OF LOVE THE FAMILY PLAYERS Fun comdey drag show for Valentine’s Day 2013
2013-10: THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW THE FAMILY PLAYERS & FRIENDS Fun Variety show including singers and comedy drag.
2013-11: THE GLITTER GIRLS Marion Loudon, lisa Bobbert & Liesl Coppin Anyone remember Pac-man… The Rubic cube and Dallas? Yip, 1989 was a special year. These three trend busting Glitter Girls have to go back! Back to neon, back to big hair and back to High School -Scottburgh High for their 30 year school reunion!
2013-11: PASCAL SINGS PIAF DANIÉLE PASCAL – PIANO PIETER VAN HELSLANDT The Music and life of Edith Piaf
2013-12: TIS THE SEASON MARION LOUDON & THE REALS Fun Christmas show with Marion Loudon & The Reals (Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Jason Andrew & Mali Sewell)
2013-12: COLD FACT: THE REALS Who would know that an unknown album from an unknown artist in 1970 (Rodriguez) would become a huge phenomenon in South Africa? This musical tribute to Rodriguez’s music is performed by Barry Thomson and ’The Reals’ with Musical Director Dawn Selby on keyboards and percussion, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals, and Jason Andrew on bass guitar and vocals.
2014-02: STUPID CUPID THE FAMILY PLAYERS & STATIK Fun show including the comedy Family Players Drag Troupe and STATIK, Clinton Green & Selwyn Rautenbach
2015-02: SWING TIME PLATFORM JAZZ Great Swing Music with local Durban Band Platform Jazz
2015-04: BEHIND THE NOISE BARRY THOMSON, JASON ANDREW & MARION LOUDON Ever noticed how often a great song gets drowned out by the noise that comes from over production in a studio? Join Durbanites Barry Thomson, Jason Andrew & Marion Loudon as they get back to the root of what makes a great song and give the melody and lyrics space to shine.
2015-08: THE WAY WE WERE – STREISAND CAT SIMONI A musical presentation by Cat Simoni on the life and music of Barbra Streisand.
2015-12: LAUREL CANYON BARRY THOMSON, JASON ANDREW & DAWN SELBY Laurel Canyon wasn’t much to look at. A few modest bungalows and log cabins crammed between an occasional faded mansion that had been left over from the days when it was a secluded, semi-rural retreat for Hollywood’s silent-movie stars. And yet from the quiet of the densely wooded canyon came a music revolution that would change popular culture.
2008-10: BOTH OF ME RORY ROOTENBERG & JEREMY QUICKFALL ON PIANO Musical mompoer presented by Rory & Jeremy
2013-10: ELVIS – THROUGH THE AGES DOUG WEICH & HIS BAND The Music of Elvis Presely over the years. 201303 WALKIN IN MEMPHIS DOUG WEICH & HIS BAND The Music of Elvis Presely over the years.
2014-11: PASCAL SINGS BREL DANIÉLE PASCAL – PIANO PIETER VAN HELSLANDT In the Francophone world, Brel has left an enduring influence on music and culture and he has inspired many musicians worldwide. The Music and life of Jacques Brel
2007-06: SONGS OF LOVE & LIPSTICK GODFREY JOHNSON Songs and music with Godfrey Johnson
2015-02: QUEENS OF THE OPERA THE FAMILY PLAYERS AND FRIENDS Fun music and drag show presentation for Valentine’s Day in 2015
WIN A LINK TO WATCH A RHUMBELOW THEATRE SHOW OF YOUR CHOICE
Care to put yourself in line to be one of FIVE SoSuterBill followers who will each win a link to watch a Rhumbelow show of their choice? The list of available shows features above.
You simply have to be a follower of the SoSuterBill site to win. At no cost.
If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com
You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.
Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’S CONTACT FORM) to email@example.com and place the words ‘RHUMBELOW LINK’ in the subject field. In the main body of your email indicate clearly which show you would like to watch online should you be chosen as a competition winner.
Note that the competition closes at 6pm on Sunday, March 12, and the five winners will be contacted soon after, via email, and provided with the online link to ew the show of their choice. (The lucky winners were James Wyllie, Diana du Plooy, Bryan Payne, Roselle Cracknell and Melanie Graham).
NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.
ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.