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Saturday, March 7, 2020


(Paul Spence)

Is this show worth a visit? Absolutely, if you are looking for two hours of good solid entertainment. (Review by Adrienne Lansdell)

Rowan Skits is a selection of classic Rowan Atkinson sketches devised, directed and performed by top notch actor/director Paul Spence and presented at Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

Spence spent seven years with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK and has acted and directed in theatres worldwide.

The show is both entertaining and thought-provoking .... a rare mix in the world of theatre which encourages one to both look inwardly and question honestly yet still leave feeling thoroughly entertained. This must surely be a goal of theatre.

It was easy to warm to Paul Spence, the actor and the person. He engaged the audience well with a seemingly relaxed style but was extremely professional in presenting his craft. He went effortlessly from the ‘sloshed father of the bride’ in The Wedding to the beautiful Vanessa in Bad Loser to finding the perfect Mr Elton John in the audience. His faultless skit of Graham Norton interviewing Rowan Atkinson brilliantly conveyed the evident warmth and likeability of Rowan the actor/comedian to the audience.

Rowan Atkinson is an ‘observer of humanity’ and tackles the realities of life so many of us shy away from. He does this by offering the option of facing our foibles and reflecting them back to us through a humorous lens which can only be described as cathartic and Spence did this brilliantly. 

However, I personally found the material in the skit called 2nd Form Roll-Call rather smutty, and some might take offence to the tongue-in-cheek sermons; but we were pre-warned of the ‘adult-nature’ of the content of the show. The highly intelligent Rowan Atkinson experimented with many topics some of which might not have universal appeal. This may have contributed to the low audience numbers last evening.

Is this show worth a visit?  Absolutely, if you are looking for two hours of good solid entertainment.

Rowan Skits has performances tonight (March 7) at 20h00 and tomorrow (March 8) at 14h00. (The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R160 (R140 pensioners and students with a valid student card) and tables seat 8. (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 8 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

(Patrons are welcome to book for dinner or lunch at Tina's Restaurant before the show: Call 031 764 7843 to book)

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof. - Adrienne Lansdell

This show will run at Rhumbelow Durban from March 13 to 15, 2020, and at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg with one performance on May 24, 2020.