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Thursday, August 2, 2018


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British Invasion is a hard driving, high energy and quite breath-taking rock show. (Review by Keith Millar)

Durban’s fantastic tribute band, The Reals, will be ramping up the entertainment at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof over the next five weeks. They are presenting four shows (two new and two “back by popular demand”) that should excite all lovers of rock music.

To kick off the season a brand new production, British Invasion, hit the stage last night, and, if this is what we are in for, it is going to be a blast.

Based on a concept by guitarist Shaun Dragt, who performs with The Reals for this production, British Invasion pays tribute to the British rock and pop groups which had such a profound effect on the world of music, art and culture internationally, in the 1960’s and later.

Leaders in this phenomenon were, of course, The Beatles. But there were many others who were in the forefront of the invasion. They included the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Kinks. Then later in the 80’s and 90’s along came Queen, Oasis, Verve, Blur and many more.

Interspersed with excellent audio visual material, The Reals play examples from the music of all these groups as well as others.

They were on the top of their form, belting out hit after hit, with massive energy, considerable skill and obvious delight. They were led by their musical director and keyboard player, Dawn Selby, whose rendition of The Beatles Helter Skelter and Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll made her the star of the show. It is way overdue, I think, for The Reals do a show featuring her brilliant voice.

Guitar maestro Barry Thomson is his usual irrepressible self while Shaun Dragt (guitar), Mali Sewell (drums) and Jason Andrew (bass) played with style and vigour. All contribute to the vocals in this show.

I particularly enjoyed the sound mix during this production. Soundman Izan Greyling, who has recently returned to Durban, produced a mix which was strong in bass and provided a perfect backbone for the other musicians. Of course, Jason Andrew’s inspired playing had a lot to do with well.

Some of the songs to look out for in this show include Twist and Shout and Helter Skelter from The Beatles, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by the Hollies, All Day and All Of The Night by the Kinks, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals, Start Me Up and Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones, Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd, Wonderwall by Oasis, Bitter Sweet Symphony by Verve, London Calling by The Sex Pistols, Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden and Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen. A veritable treasure chest of music, I am sure you will agree.

British Invasion is a hard-driving, high energy and quite breathtaking rock show. I recommend it highly to all lovers of rock music, and particularly those who grew up during this time.

The show can be seen at Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Rd, Kloof from August 3 to 12 (No shows Monday and Tuesday). Shows are at 20h00 Wednesday to Saturday and at 14h00 on Sundays. (The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners) and tables seat 6. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 20 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

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