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Thursday, March 22, 2018


(Dawn Selby; Colin Peddie; Barry Thomson; Jason Andrew;
Samantha Landers & Mali Sewell)

The Reals have raised the bar and produced a seriously classy piece supper theatre. (Review by Keith Millar)

There is little doubt that The Reals is Durban’s foremost tribute band. So, you can be confident that any show featuring them will be pretty good. However, with their latest show, Poetry in Music, which is currently on at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof, they have raised the bar and produced a seriously classy piece supper theatre.

The Reals are made up Barry Thomson (guitar), Dawn Selby (keyboards), Jason Andrew (bass) and Mali Sewell (drums). All four contribute to the vocals in this show as well.

On this occasion, the group is enhanced by the inclusion of guitarist/vocalist Colin Peddie, who also devised the show, and the vivacious vocalist Samantha Landers.

Together they put in a superb performance and deliver a show of great atmosphere, drama, emotion, a good dollop of humour and plenty of good music.

Poetry in Music showcases material which is more lyrically driven, but retains musical integrity and popular appeal. Artists which are featured include Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Rodriguez, Counting Crows, Mumford and Son and Don Mclean. It is a fantastic line-up and delivers with many highlights.

Integrated into the production is the use of purpose-made and very professional AV presentations and sound-bites. Here they have made use of the big guns. Michael Gritten provides the moody voice-overs, while in a well-made video production used for links between some of the songs, an impressive Ben Voss plays an acerbic, cynical and very funny academic, Professor Tobias Montgomery, who is presenting a TV programme called Poetry Hour. 

Also very impressive in this production are the technical aspects. The atmospheric lighting design is by Mike Broderick, while Andre Norden’s sound is excellent throughout in an acoustically awkward venue.

Musical Direction is, as ever by the brilliant Dawn Selby. Her solo performance of Sarah Mclachlan’s Angel is a spine-tingling moment in the show.

Colin Peddie also deserves special mention for his innovative and well thought-out production. He took a year to develop it and that shows in its quality.

With many music tribute shows, one can’t help but get the impression that they are little more than a bunch of hit tunes and a bit of google research thrown together and away we go. Poetry in Music is different. It is a cut above the average and has substance, intelligence and inspiration. It is highly recommended.

Poetry In Music (and what better place for it to be to make it more enjoyable and palatable) is on at Rhumbelow, Tina’s in Beryldene Road in Kloof until Sunday (April 1, 2018). There are shows from Thursday to Saturday at 20h00 and on Sunday at 14h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R150 pp (R130 Pensioners & FHSSC Members). Loyalty Card Holders are R120. Tables seat 6. Secure parking available. Booking is essential. Bar Available (no alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Book at Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 20 or more) on 0824998636 or email or

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof. – Keith Millar

(Should you wish to dine before the show at Tina’s, it is recommended that you arrive no later than 90 min before show-time for the restaurant. An a-la-carte menu is available and the Sunday buffet is R135 per head (R110 pensioners). Booking is essential as seating is limited. Payment for restaurant is cash, credit card or zapper. Contact 031 764 7843 or visit Please indicate that you are a theatre booking when making your reservation.)