Cat Simoni in Abba show

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CAT Simoni, long based in the Midlands and now relocated to Cape Town, is opening the newly revamped Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban’s Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this weekend – and a trip to Surf City is well worthwhile if you enjoy this popular singer-pianist and happen to be an Abba fan.

Cat is saluting the Swedish supergroup in a show titled We Luv Abba, devised and directed by Paul Spence and also featuring him. Catch it at 8pm today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7) and again at 2pm on Sunday, July 8.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. Seating is at trestle tables and one can take along one’s own snacks but have to buy all beverages at the theatre pub.

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The show will be the first in the new-look theatre in the Rhumbelow Shellhole in Umbilo, which has acquired a new roof, newly sanded and varnished flooring, and new ceiling fans, paint and curtaining.

Dave Monks and Marion Loudon

Dave Monks and Marion Loudon present classic songs of the 1960s this weekend. Catch their show, The Swinging Sixties, at Pietermaritzburg’s Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole on Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, will present this weekend seasoned Irish singer and musician Dave Monks, alongside Durban singer Marion Loudon, in a salute to the hits of the 1960s.

Swinging Sixties

The Swinging Sixties is scheduled for performances at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, July 8, and admission is R150 a head (R130 for pensioners). Call 082 499 8636 to book.

Expect to hear classics associated with 20 different artists, including The Carpenters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Nancy Sinatra, the Bee Gees, The Monkees and Cliff Richard.

A reminder that, if you haven’t seen it, this is the final weekend for the acclaimed KickstArt children’s play, The BFG, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban.

Directed and designed by Greg King, formerly of Pietermaritzburg, the show is a real treat in which King creates a colourful world of fun. It offers humour and surprises, as well as poignancy, as a zealous and talented cast imaginatively, and very cleverly, unfold the tale of a little orphan in London, Sophie, who meets a friendly giant.

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Featuring Lyle Buxton, Clare Mortimer, Daisy Spencer and Mpilo “Straw” Nzimande, the show has costumes by Steven Stead, lighting design by Tina le Roux, sound design by Ross van Wyk and musical direction by Jason Bird.

The play runs until Sunday, July 8. Booking is at Computicket.

My full review of the production is accessible by clicking here

Show Dogs, movie

Will Arnett and canine in a scene from the film Show Dog, also starring Alan Cumming and Stanley Tucci.

Finally, movies new in cinemas this weekend? If you’re looking for something for the little ones, consider Show Dogs, directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Alan Cumming, Will Arnett and Stanley Tucci, it tells of Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog.

The hound is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

TRIVIA: DO YOU KNOW?
What movie, a British black comedy directed by Danny Boyle, spawned a sequel 21 years after its 1996 release?
(Answer next Friday).
Last week’s question was: What 1988 movie featured the classic line, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way”?
(Answer: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?).
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