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Sunday, March 7, 2021


Leonard Cohen – A Tribute
, to be presented by Rhumbelow Theatre Durban, is a critically acclaimed show, written by Perran Hahndiek and performed by Dave Starke. It will have a two-night run on March 19 and 20, 2021.

Created in early 2017, the show has been toured across South Africa including two successive years at The National Arts Festival Fringe during which Starke appeared in an unprecedented 27 performances over eight days.

The show is an exploration of the life and works of the late musician and poet and features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings. You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So long Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, lighter works such as Tower of Song as well as pieces from his final album You Want It Darker? that was released just before his death.

Starke is a singer and guitarist based in KZN who has performed in a number of festivals and shows throughout South Africa and abroad over the last 20 years. He is a two-time semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest and, in March of 2020, released his second studio album Shifting Boundaries.

Hahndiek is a writer and poet based in Cape Town. He studied political science at UCT and is a procedural advisor to the National Assembly in the South African Parliament.

Review by Billy Suter: “Singer-guitarist Starke pays excellent tribute to Leonard Cohen, offering not only a well-researched history of the man, his poetry, music and achievements, but also insight into Cohen’s thought processes. We also get various anecdotes, much interesting sideline info on the great poet and songwriter, and a lot of unexpected, dry humour. It is an elegant and captivating show, impressively lit by Sarah Claxon. It has the cool and confident Starke doing a great job with hits such a ‘So Long Marianne’, ‘Suzanne’, ‘Sisters of Mercy’, ‘Hallelujah’ and the moving ‘The Treaty’, as well as other hits and lesser-known material. Highly Recommended!”

Leonard Cohen – A Tribute has performances on March 19 and 20 at 19h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

“Whilst we are not changing our 2020 pricing, we would ask that if you are able to please assist us and the performers by donating a higher ticket price,” says Roland Stansell who runs the Rhumbelow circuit.

Tickets R160 (no discounts for this show). Bring food picnic baskets or buy from Kevin. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

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

Limited secure parking available.

With the current Covid levels capacity is limited to 50 people max. Booking is essential on email: or through Computicket.

For more information contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636 or visit

Strict Covid protocols will be observed. Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Rd off Bartle Road, Durban.