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Saturday, September 21, 2019


(Rowan Bartlett, Darren King & Bryan Hiles. Pic by Val Bottomley)

Don’t miss “Knot Again” if you enjoy well-known numbers presented with entertaining style. (Review by Caroline Smart)

Bryan Hiles, Darren King and Rowan Bartlett have appeared in Think Theatre’s annual Shakespeare productions for the past 11 years. About four years ago, they were chatting in the dressing room about how well they worked together and how it would be a nice idea to pool their skills and do a show.

They approached Sue Clarence, director of the Hilton Arts Festival, about presenting something at the Hilton Arts Festival and the first of the highly successful and entertaining series about life in Las Vegas was born.

Titled Tie a Knot in It, they went on to create Tie Another Knot in It and Get Knotted and the latest in the series, Knot Again, is currently running at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban. All the shows have appeared at the Hilton Arts Festival and at Rhumbelow – either at the Durban venue or at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

The joy of this production is that it shows the extensive talents of song, drama, comedy and dance (especially King who is a trained dancer) of three highly professional and popular performers. They really impressed movement-wise in a hoedown sequence.

The threesome decided to do something different with Knot Again –still focusing on Las Vegas but this time they feature more on the performers who have played there.

The first half of the show is set but the second half is the surprise. Each table is given a list of some 33 numbers and asked to choose their top ten. These lists are then evaluated in the interval and the final ten choices are presented – all kudos to well-known actress Clare Mortimer who is in charge of the backing tracks! So you could see a different show every night!

There is much banter, upstaging and casual chat which includes fascinating information on some of the stars – particularly those who changed their name. In less capable hands, some of the chit-chat could appear to be self-indulgent but then this tight-knit trio will perform either a group or solo number which shows their individual artistic excellence.

(Bryan Hiles, Rowan Bartlett & Darren King. Pic by Val Bottomley)

It’s a busy stage with a number of props included three huge feathered head-dresses (acknowledged as the well-known Durban trio, The Glitter Girls) but costume changes mainly stick to hats, wigs and beards. Bartlett’s most hilarious appearance was in a wild white curly wig and hanging boobs representing Dolly Parton.

They explain that they like to do things differently and they bring their own interpretations, tempo and feeling to songs that we have become accustomed to in their original style. Their harmonies are excellent and numbers that were memorable for me were those sung with much feeling and passion such as The Rose, Bobby McGee (Bartlett); Summertime (King) and Dock of the Bay (Hiles).

The number that most impressed me was An American Trilogy in which Bartlett really showed his vocal strength and power as well as the passion that the number requires. In response to shouts for encore, the trio did a beautiful a capella version of Hallelujah.

Don’t miss Knot Again if you enjoy well-known numbers presented with entertaining style. The next show is tomorrow at Rhumbelow Durban at 14h00. There are further performances next weekend at the same venue (September 27 to 29, 2019, with performances on Friday at Saturday at 20h00 and on Sunday at 14h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnics & drinks)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners, students with a valid student card and tables of eight or more – discounts for the first week only).

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available and food is available to purchase at the venue. 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 – Caroline Smart