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Thursday, September 20, 2018


(Rouchelle Hubsch & Darren Peens)

If I could see them perform again this week I would be in front of the queue. (Review by Keith Millar)

It may be a bit unusual to review the same act twice within one week. But after been absolutely blown away by this duo at the Hilton Arts Festival last week-end, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity of seeing and hearing more of the enigmatic magic of these very special artists.

What is more, one has to offer as much support as possible to the effervescent Roland Stansell and his wonderful Rhumbelow Theatres. His efforts in keeping live theatre alive in Durban, often against the odds, are colossal.

My wife, and the friends who accompanied us last night, never having seen Digby & The Lullaby before, may have been a little sceptical after hearing me bang on about how impressive and enjoyable the show had been.

So, it was with a little trepidation that we headed for the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo last night.

However, at the risk of repeating myself or raving too much, I must say that perhaps I enjoyed the second dose even more than the first.

Firstly, Rouchelle Hubsch (vocals and keyboard) and Darren Peens’ (guitar and vocals) style of Indie Folk music is beautifully moody, gentle, intimate and hugely listenable. And, I repeat myself, Hubsch (which is the German word for pretty - which is most appropriate for this lovely person) is blessed with one of the finest singing voices I have ever heard.

Secondly, it is their presentation which makes them stand out from the rest. They create an intimate, tender and sincere ambience which brings a happy smile to the face. It is interesting to see the audience being drawn in and becoming part of the warm feeling of goodwill.

One huge improvement from the Hilton show was the wonderfully atmospheric lighting provided by Michael Taylor-Broderick. Using just eight lights to create a mood that was entirely complimentary to the performance. Masterful work by the lighting guru.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Hubsch and Peens last night and it must be said they are delightful people. Every bit as genuine and warmhearted as their music.

So, in conclusion, let me say that if I could see them perform again this week I would be in front of the queue. And as for my sceptical wife and friends? Suffice it to say that we left the theatre all feeling a little bit as if we were walking on a cloud. – Keith Millar