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Saturday, September 29, 2012


(Philani Muthwa and Tiwe Mbele)

No shortage of humour in rhythmic adventure led by charming and energetic young performers. (Review by Keith Millar)

Rhythm Dudes at the Stable Theatre is described as a fun-filled rhythmic adventure aimed at 10 to 14 year olds.

I was invited to the first public performance on Saturday morning and, as I didn’t have any 10 to 14 year olds available to take with me, I went alone with some trepidation.

Well, I had a ball. In no time at all, everyone - including this tone deaf reviewer - was clicking and clapping and stomping along and setting up rhythms which would have made any seasoned musician proud.

The proceedings were led by the charming and energetic young performers Philani Muthwa and Tiwe Mbele. From the start, they engaged the audience and soon had them creating basic rhythmic patterns. Initially using thumb clicks, claps and vocal sounds, they later moved us on to plastic bottles with which we tapped and rattled out rhythms.

The opportunity was also taken for Philani and Tiwe to share important messages on respect, etiquette, manners and the environment.

There was also no shortage of humour as the two indulged in their engaging double act.

We then had the writer and director of this production, Caroline Smart, explain the lineup of an orchestra. To demonstrate the percussion section, she had us all imitating the various drums. In no time at all, we had quite a beat going. I was a bass drum.

Rhythm Dudes has been staged for over 20 school performances so far and been seen and enjoyed by over 2,500 pupils. Public performances in English will be held at Stable Theatre in Alice Street at 11h00 every day during the school holidays, from October 1 to 6. Tickets R50 booked at Computicket and available at the door.

Rhythm Dudes may be aimed at 10 to 14 year olds but it will be enjoyed by anyone who is willing to let their hair down and enter the spirit of things. And I suspect it will be even more fun if you do have a few 10 to 14 year olds to take along.

After an enjoyable morning, I can proudly say “I am a rhythm dude!” – Keith Millar