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Tuesday, July 2, 2013


(Tiwe Mbele catches Philani Muthwa mid leap! Pic by Val Adamson)
Fun, energetic and fully interactive show on National Arts Festival Fringe Programme. (Review by Keith Millar)

To paraphrase George and Ira Gershwin’s famous song; I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music, I’ve got my gal, who could ask for anything more.

Well, that is exactly what Rhythm Dudes is all about. To teach you rhythm - and who could ask for anything more?

It is a fun, energetic and fully interactive show which not only teaches young people about basic rhythmic sequences but carries a strong message about teamwork and respect.

Representing Durban’s Stable Theatre first production on the National Art Festival in Grahamstown, Rhythm Dudes features Philani Muthwa and Tiwe Mbele. These two young actors are engaging and charming on stage and have considerable rapport with the audience. In no time at all they have everyone, children and adults alike, rhythmically clapping their hands and clicking their fingers with perfect timing. Vocal clicks are then added to build the rhythms.

Volunteers are called for and, after been inspected like a military platoon and marched around the stage, they assist in handing out special rattles which are then used to enhance the various rhythmic patterns. Muthwa and Mbele’s witty repartee and physical antics also add to the general excitement and merriment of the occasion.

In addition Muthwa and Mbele chat to the audience about the importance of teamwork, good manners and respect in creating a harmonious society. Respect for family, community, elders and the environment are stressed.

Rhythm Dudes was devised, written and is directed by the doyenne of the Durban theatre industry, Caroline Smart. Get to Rhythm Dudes and join in with the spontaneous fun of clapping, stomping and clicking along. After all; who could ask for anything more?

Performances take place at Memory Hall as follows:  July 3 at 16h00; July 4 at 14h00; July 5 at 18h30; July 6 at 12h00, and July 7 at 16h00. Tickets R45 (R35 students and block price) – Keith Millar