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Thursday, July 15, 2021


Rhumbelow Theatre will present a virtual evening of music with Calli Thomson titled Kitten on the Keys which will be streaming online from July 16 to 23, 2021.

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.

Thomson 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 KZN Philharmonic Orchestra 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.

Tickets R100 available from or

Patrons are invited to support the Rhumbelow LOSS Series (lockdown online streaming shows). Email Roland Stansell for a list of shows available on email:

Stansell explains: “The Loss (Lockdown Online Streaming) project includes shows we recorded between September and December, 2020, just in case we needed to do LOSS SERIES stuff again, and we do. This is to keep the theatre afloat – Please support if you are able to do so. Over 120 shows available.

“Please email us how many are watching with a minimum donation of R100-00 per head and we will send you the shows link. Please support this initiative to keep the Rhumbelow afloat and it will help the relevant performers keep bread and butter on the table.”

All donations welcome. Banking Details for Rhumbelow Theatre:

Branch Code: NEDBANK MUSGRAVE 130126

Generic Branch Code: 198 765

Acc No: 2301348474 (SAVINGS)

Name Of Account: Rhumbelow Theatre

Fax for Deposit Slip: 086 685 0300 (if not electronic transfer)


WARNING: The quality of video recordings and the age and size of performers may vary, depending on when the video was recorded.