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IMPROVEMENTS AT RHUMBELOW (article first published : 2006-03-13)

The Rhumbelow Theatre is to get air-conditioning! This welcome news comes from the Family Players who run this popular Umbilo venue which is situated in a Moth Hall.

“We will have been in existence for five years in June and believe at 6% growth per year in our attendance numbers that we will be around for the next 10 years,” says Roland Stansell of The Family Players. “Our average attendance is at 75%. We are full for many shows but there are many that run at lesser numbers.

“The Family Players comprises a group of guys who have been doing comedy Drag Mime shows for fund raising for TAFTA for some 25 years,” adds Roland. “We have loads of fun doing it and have a good following (like a cult following) of people ranging from 18 to 80 who come to see our shows. We do shows about four times a year and sometimes get other charities involved.”

Just over four years ago, The Family Players went into partnership with the Rhumbelow Shellhole in Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

The latest major renovation is an awning down the side of the building to enlarge the outdoor area, which with Durban’s climate is ideal for braaing. Rhumbelow now has two pianos, one for the stage and one for pre-show music. All excess money is used to do necessary renovation to ensure that the venture is sustainable.

Those interested in being put on the Rhumbelow Theatre mailing list should contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636 or 031 205 7602 or e-mail: roland@stansell.za.net




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