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Wednesday, July 4, 2018


(Roland Stansell, Rhumbelow Theatre Manager, and lighting designer Tina le Roux. Pic by Barry Meehan)

Barry Meehan has a look at the upgraded Rhumbelow Theatre.

It’s all hands on deck at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban as the final touches are made to the renovations at this intimate supper theatre to get it ready for the grand re-opening on Friday night. A lowered ceiling, gleaming floors, fancy hall lighting and new blackout curtains create a much cosier atmosphere than previously. Outside, there is a new catering area and plenty of fresh paint, with a new bar still to be constructed.

From a staging point of view, vast upgrades have been actioned, with new lighting bars and electrical points. According to Roland Stansell, the stage now has more power capacity than the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre! The sound will wow patrons, with a brand-new 32-channel mixer installed with new cabling through to the monitors and speakers. There are also plans for an elevated sound, lighting and follow spot platform at the back of the auditorium, making life easier for all the technical crew.

Altogether, it’s a great upgrade for the 17-year old theatre, and is sure to impress anyone who has missed the intimacy of the Rhumbelow over the last few months. – Barry Meehan

The first production up at the upgraded Rhumbelow Theatre is “We LUV ABBA!” with Cat Simoni which runs over this forthcoming weekend (July 6 to 8). See