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Monday, June 14, 2021


(Tonya Koenderman)

Join international cabaret artist, Tonya Koenderman in her hilarious comedy cabaret, Growing Old Disgracefully – a light-hearted look at the funny side of ageing. There will be one performance only at Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban on June 16, 2021, at 14h00.

Do you put your car keys in the fridge? Do you walk into a room and forget why you went there in the first place? Are your arms starting to resemble bat wings? You are not alone! Come enjoy a glass of wine or six with this pint-sized dynamo and enjoy a show filled with laughter and just a few tears.

All your favourite songs will be featured, with a wicked twist. The evergreen but, perhaps, dated These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things has been rebooted to embrace more age-appropriate themes. All about That Base is now an ode to make-up and other anti-aging tools, while the classic Memories, from the musical Cats, is now about … can’t remember. All in all, you can look forward to a side-splitting night of entertainment and fun filled frivolity. “Sorry, in advance, for the new laugh lines,” quips Koenderman.

Koenderman has been hailed by critics as “one of the hottest properties on the cabaret circuit”. She started her career fresh out of drama school with Kevin Feather’s cabaret, The Dooh Wah Girls in 1990, which toured the country for four years.

Other cabarets under her belt are Dooh Wah Girls, We 3, Juke is King, Jive to the Juke, and Wurlitzer, All of Woman and Shake Your Bootie, all of which have performed to packed houses throughout South Africa.

Her solo cabarets include the hits, Tonya unwrapped, Makin’ Whoopee, Age of Aquarius, A Night In Paris, When Jazz Was King, Born To Diva and Liza with a T which has just completed a successful run at Rhumbelow. Impersonating her favourite artist, Liza Minnelli, Liza with a T ran for two seasons at the Carousel .

In 2007, Koenderman co-directed and starred in Convent Girls with fellow performer and friend, Lisa Bobbert, which was nominated for three Durban Mercury awards: Best Production, Best Direction, and Best lead Actress (for which both Lisa and Tonya were nominated).

Growing Old Disgracefully has one show only on June 16, at 14h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks). Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking.

Tickets a minimum of R160 (donations will be welcome). Bookings on e-mail: or Computicket. Booking is essential as capacity is limited to 50%. All Covid protocols will be observed.

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Durban. For more information contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or visit