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25 + 1 (article first published : 2006-03-24)

The Family Players are to perform a fundraiser to assist the Rhumbelow bowls team for the MOTH nationals in Gauteng.

The show will take place at the Rhumbelow Theatre, an informal theatre venue which The Family Players helped to create.

Early in 1980, Derek Pearce, John Cavalheir, David Hierons and Kevan Mardon got together to provide some light entertainment at an old age home. They borrowed clothes, make up and recorded their music on cassette, then hit the stage! The early shows were free, later progressing to paying shows to raise funds for the various institutions and projects. From these simple beginnings the amateur group “The Family Players” was born.

Since then the group has performed many shows at MOTHWA Havens, Bill Buchanan Home, TAFTA Lodge and numerous other seniors’ homes and venues around the city. The present troupe is Greg Baptie, Derek Pearce, Alan Quilhampton, Roland Stansell, Gino Veronie and David Hierons.

In 2001, the Family Players found a home at Rhumbelow Moth Shell Hole in Umbilo (Rhumbelow Theatre), to continue with fund raising and having fun. Over the years, The Family Players has brought joy to many people and raised funds for worthy causes. At Rhumbelow, this trend has continued with lots of laughter filling the theatre with many projects benefiting from the fundraising efforts. The latest plus is the installation of air-conditioning!

The Family Players pay tribute to players who have passed away, Gavin Young in 1996, Andrew Renaud and Zelma Hierons in 2005 – sorely missed for their acting, laughter, sewing and most of all their humour and wonderful support, both on and off the stage. The group also honours Joyce Grobbelaar, Mardie Mardon and Peggy Stansell who passed away in 2005.

The show is titled 25 + 1 and features Greg Baptie, Derek Pearce, David Hierons, Alan Quihampton, Gino Veronie and Roland Stansell.

Shows take place on April 6 at 19h30 and on April 7 and 8 at 20h00 with a final performance on April 9 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R70 with the extra R10 is a one-off aircon levy to contribute to the installation! Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

Bookings through Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, or email roland@stansell.za.net




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