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Saturday, April 27, 2019


(Daniel Rossouw, Helen Vermaak, Tanya Nicolson & Erin Fourie)
(Pic courtesy of Sharon Watters)

A classy, elegant, and thoroughly entertaining show. Don’t miss this one. (Review by Keith Millar)

50 Ways…To Leave Your Lover is music revue production which was devised by a group of artists from Pietermaritzburg and surrounds and first saw the light of day at the Hilton Arts Festival last year. Since then it has been staged at various venues in the Midlands, and now has made its way to Durban to grace the stage at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo.

And “grace“ is an apt word, as it is a classy, elegant, and thoroughly entertaining show.

The show is fronted by two first-rate singers, Erin Fourie and Tanya Nicolson. They are supported by Helen Vermaak on piano and Daniel Rossouw on guitar who provided a stylish and complimentary backing.

Featured is a selection of popular and musical theatre songs all of which have themes along the lines of breakups and separations of relationships and heartbreak.

By light-hearted banter between songs, the girls managed to keep the mood light and as a result the show never sinks into a maudlin atmosphere which was possibly a risk, given the content of most of songs on offer.

Fourie and Nicolson perform solo and as a duo. Their voices are an excellent match and they dovetail wonderfully together. Some of their harmonies are absolutely spine-tingling.

Tanya Nicolson has a beautifully emotive voice with a pleasing breathy quality and perfect diction. She displayed these qualities with Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again and an absolute tear-jerker with Alanis Morrisette’s Your House.

Erin Fourie displays considerable range and power with her voice along with great sensitivity. She was very impressive with a soulful rendition of Lisa Loeb’s Stay, Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, The Script’s Breakeven, Jacque Brel’s I Loved and a bluesy standard Cry Me A River.

Also on the programme was a selection of songs from musicals such as Why Did I Love from Chorus Line, I Knew Him So Well from Chess and He Had It Coming from Chicago - as well a medley of songs from the Queen of angst, Adele.

A member of our party felt that the programme was all a little depressing. In fact, he used the word wrist-slitting. However, he was decidedly in the minority and may have been mollified by the tongue-in-cheek Big Girls Don’t Cry, D.I.V.O.R.C.E, Tom Lehrer’s When You Are Old and Grey and a rousing version of the anthem I Will Survive.

Rhumbelow Theatre has come up trumps again by bringing this impressive show to Durban. It is directed by veteran theatre personality and Director of the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg, Peter Mitchell. If this is the quality of the work available in the capital, let’s see more!

50 ways…To Leave Your Lover will be back at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo next weekend with shows on Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4 at 20h00 and on Sunday May 5 at 14h00.

Don’t miss this one, it is a great show.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners, students with a valid student card and tables of eight or more. R75 under 13s.)

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email (also for group booking discounts of 20 or more) or visit – Keith Millar