……BY BILLY SUTER……
DURBAN’S Roland Stansell, manager and entertainment co-ordinator at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo, has wasted no time in securing shows for the next few weekends at the Cunningham Road theatre, following last night’s announcement of the Covid-10 lockdown restrictions again permitting the theatre to accommodate 50 patrons.
For the next few weeks, says Stansell, performances will be only at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
“Aside from the national curfew, which starts at 10pm, I think the public will not feel safe yet to be out at night, following recent KwaZulu-Natal riots and looting, so we will stick to 2pm performances until further notice,” he says.
The first show for July will be Anthony Stonier’s Sinatra… Frankly, a salute to the classic songs of Frank Sinatra. It will be presented at 2pm this Saturday, July 31, and will be followed at 2pm on Sunday, August 1, by An Afternoon with Calli Thomson, featuring the singer-keyboardist with a mixed bag of popular songs.
The hugely successful and widely acclaimed Billy Joel Meets Sting – teaming John Ellis, Evan Cullum and Andy Turrell – will be staged at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, as well as 2pm on the public holiday, Monday, August 9.
Next up will be Doug Weich’s Burning Love, a tribute to Elvis Presley, at 2pm on August 14 and 15. The Reals band’s excellent tribute to Neil Diamond, Hot August Night, is then scheduled for 2pm on August 21 and 22.
Tickets for each show cost R160 each and all Covid-19 safety protocols regarding mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitising will be observed.
For bookings, or any further information, contact Roland at 082 499 8636 or mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org