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Sunday, December 19, 2021


Join international cabaret artist, Tonya Koenderman in her hilarious comedy cabaret, Growing Old Disgracefully - a light-hearted, frank look at the funny side of ageing. The show runs at Rhumbelow Theatre Durban from December 22 to 24, 2021.

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.

Tonya has been hailed by critics as "one of the hottest properties on the cabaret circuit".

Tonya Koenderman started her career fresh out of drama school with Kevin Feather's cabaret, The Dooh Wah Girls in 1990, which toured the country for 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, Liza with a T, Age of Aquarius, A Night In Paris, When Jazz Was King and Born To Diva.

Koenderman performed in the look-alike, sound-alike show, Stars in your Eyes, impersonating her favourite artist, Liza Minnelli, which ran for two seasons at the Carousel .

She has worked extensively for Sun International in numerous extravaganza throughout South Africa.

She had the great honour of being the only local artist to star in the Sun City sensation, Beyond Belief, which ran for 16 months at the Sun City Extravaganza In which again she impersonated the legendary Liza Minnelli.

In 2007, she 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).

Most recently, Koenderman has been very much in the corporate function scene, performing for the likes of Investec, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Appletizer, Gillette, S.A. Breweries, Avis, Adcock Ingram, World Travel, VWV, Absa, Discovery, Virgin Active, to name but a few.

Apart from dazzling Saudi Arabian “royalty”, she has performed in countries such as Australia, Italy, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Morocco.

Growing Old Disgracefully runs at Rhumbelow Theatre Durban from December 22 to 24, 2021. Performances start at 19h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

Tickets R180 (no discounts for this show). Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. 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, the venues will be limiting capacity to 50% maximum capacity per show.

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 Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo, Durban.