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Friday, December 18, 2020


(Miriam Erasmus)

It is well worth a visit during the holidays. It has a warm-hearted old-fashioned charm about it and celebrates good values in life. (Review by Keith Millar)

Veteran and much-loved Durban performer Auntie Min Erasmus is back at the Rhumbelow Theatre this Christmastime entertaining the young and young at heart with her popular puppets.

The Rhumbelow has become the go-to venue in recent years for children’s theatre and this year, fully fogged and sanitised and observing all Covid regulations, it is once again keeping young theatre-goers happy.

Miriam Erasmus, with the help of her husband John, have been presenting puppet shows since 1987 and they are once again offering uncomplicated old fashioned (or “old school” as eight-year old Landon informed me is the right term) entertainment featuring Suzy and friends.

During the course of Christmas Eve spent at puppet Suzie’s house we got to meet Suzie’s Grandma, the postman – a hilarious donkey who delivered a Christmas Card (remember those?), Christopher Crocodile, Santa Claus, Freddie the Frog, and the Christmas Angel.

There is plenty of opportunity to sing along, which the children in the audience did with enthusiasm. Among others there were well-loved songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night, When Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney, All I want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Jingle Bells and Away In A Manger.

The Puppet stand from which the show is presented is a beautifully-made scene of Suzie’s Living Room complete with Christmas Tree and decorations. The puppets are delightfully attired in costumes made by Mim herself.

The Supa Dupa Christmas Puppet Show is a fun and entertaining show for children. It is well worth a visit during the holidays. It has a warm-hearted old-fashioned charm about it and celebrates good values in life.

My eight year-old co-reviewer, Landon, declared it to be incredible and awesome while five year-old Maxie just wanted to know when he could go back again.

The Supa Dupa Christmas Puppet Show runs on December 18 and 19 and again from December 21 to 24. All shows are at 11h00.

Rhumbelow Theatre has done its best to make sure that the show is a safe area for everyone. All protocols are in place.

The children can join in and sing along, as they will not have to wear masks inside the theatre if they have munchies in their hands. Snacks and juices will be on sale.

Tickets R75 booked through Computicket or email Roland at or visit

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Durban. For more information contact 082 499 8636. – Keith Millar