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Friday, August 28, 2020


(Calli Thomson)

Rhumbelow Theatre is back in action again with three shows coming up. The first is Kitten on the Keys, an evening of music with Calli Thomson.

There are only three performances: September 4 and 5 at 19h00 and September 6 at 14h00. (Venue opens 60 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

Thomson pays tribute to some of her musical heroes including a few piano ladies and guys and other singers and songwriters and bands who inspire her including Billy Joel, Paul Rodgers, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Jim Steinman, Barbra Streisand, Regina Spektor, The Cat Empire, The Dixie Chicks, Mark Cohn, Sting and Bonnie Raitt.

She is no stranger to the Durban music and theatres scene having played in many shows at the Heritage, Barnyard, Catalina and Sneddon theatres, some of them with her husband guitarist singer Barry Thomson, such as The Guitar That Rocked the World, Unplugged, Johnny Plays Guitar, Forever Young, Rock me Amadeus, La Vida and 80’s tribute show Alive and Kicking.

She has been musical director, and band member of numerous shows at the Barnyard theatre such as Glory Days, Rock Around the Clock, Walking in Memphis, Your Momma Don’t Dance, Celtic Rock, Natural Woman, Hollywood Rocks, Rocking all Over the World, Big Band Magic, Viva Las Vegas, Elvis Forever, Broadway Rocks, Route 66, LM Radio, Diamonds & Pearls, 99 Hits, Those Were the Days, Thank You for the Music and 50 Carat Gold.

She obtained a BMus from UCT in classical piano and also studied jazz at UCT for three years, taught piano in the Jazz Department at UCT for seven years and wrote the music syllabus for the sound engineering diploma at City Varsity Town where she lectured for four years. She thoroughly enjoys accompanying singers and has toured nationally with Danielle Pascale and has also accompanied Mynie Grove, Rory Rootenberg and worked with Judy Page, Kim Kallie, Joseph Clark, Vicky Sampson, Sibongile Khumalo and Anton Stoltz. She has a private piano teaching practice in Durban and continues to play a variety of gigs ranging from the KZNPO and Cathy Peacock’s Dixieland Platform Jazz to all-girl Afro Jazz band Heels Over Head to putting together bands to back the international blues artists for the annual Durban International Blues Festival to solo gigs.

Whilst Rhumbelow is not changing its 2020 pricing, the theatre asks its audiences to assist it and the performers by donating a higher ticket price.

Tickets R160 (R140 pensioners and students with a valid student card). Loyalty Card Holders (R130) ALL SHOWS

Bring food picnic baskets or buy from Kevin.

All seating will be at separate tables and the theatre will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members.


Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Durban. Limited secure parking is available and there is a cash bar (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

All tickets must be pre-booked - no walk-ins allowed

Booking is essential - email or



1. Patrons need to wear a face and nose covering at all times in the venue except when eating or drinking.

2. All patrons will have their temperatures taken on arrival at the venue.

3. All patrons will be required to complete documents relating to Travel and Covid-19 contacts.

4. All patrons will be required to complete an indemnity form.

5. All patrons will be required to complete an attendance register with all appropriate information including confirmation of co-habiting when couples attend.

6. All patrons will be hand sanitized on arrival and at interval.

7. All patrons will be requested to bring hand sanitizer with them to the venue.

8. Any patron who does not meet the required Health & Safety protocols and temperature check will be refused entry.

9. Patrons above the age of 60 or a person with co-morbidities will be discouraged from attending performances. (Note: Discouraged as per Government Guidelines)