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Durban band is the Reals deal

The Reals

Dynamic line-up of shows for Rhumbelow Tina’s

VERSATILE Durban band The Reals has a feast of music lined up for the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Tina’s Hotel branch at 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.

The band is to present two new shows, British Invasion and The Reals with Neill Solomon and Dan Chiorboli, as well as two previous stage successes, Woodstock and Cold Fact – A Tribute to Rodriguez.

Tickets for each of these shows cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or call Roland at 082 499 8636
First up is British Invasion, to be staged at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Sunday.

This show, reviewed under “Music” at has singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, keyboardist and musical director Dawn Selby, drummer Mali Sewell and bassist Jason Andrew sharing the stage with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the UK became popular in the US and significant to rising “counterculture” on both sides of the Atlantic.

Pop and rock groups such as The Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, the Rolling Stones and The Animals were at the forefront of the invasion, furnishing the model for important global developments in pop and rock music.

British Invasion

The Reals pay tribute to the pioneering artists and those who continued with the British Invasion. Expect music associated with The Beatles, The Animals, The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Coldplay, The Verve and many others.

The Reals with Neill Solomon and Dan Chiorboli will have performances at Tina’s Hotel at 8pm nightly, from August 15 to 18, then at 2pm on Sunday, August 19.

The Reals’ Cold Fact – A Tribute to Rodriguez runs at 8pm nightly from August 22 to 25, and at 2pm on Sunday, August 26.

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist.

On the local theatre scene, note that Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist is back in Durban, celebrating his 25th year in showbiz with a new touring show that opened last week at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Andre discovered his hypnotic calling after watching a performance of the late Max Collie in action.

Background in psychology

Having already studied drama, teaching and with a background in psychology, Andre became hooked at the promise of being able to entertain people on stage with his hilarious hypnotic skills… and that is exactly what he has been doing for the past 25 years.

No two performances are ever the same as every night the volunteers are different, leading to a diverse, hilarious and action-packed performance.

With every person reacting differently to Andre’s suggestion, not even he knows what to expect when he steps up on stage.

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist will be at the Sneddon Theatre until August 19, performing at 7.30pm every Wednesday to Saturday (and 3pm on Sundays). Booking is at Computicket outlets.

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Finally, note that among the new films on in cinemas this weekend is Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella and Dave Bautista, under the direction of Drew Pearce.

Jeff Goldblum in a scene from Hotel Artemis, new in cinemas.

The film opens on a Wednesday night in the year 2028, when the streets of downtown Los Angeles are impassable.
With the most violent riot in LA history in its third night, the city’s privatised police force is pummelling blue war-painted protestors whose only demand is clean water.


Amid this chaos, four men wearing skull masks find themselves in the middle of a failed bank heist.

After turning the situation around, Sherman Atkins leads his brother, Lev, and their two cohorts out of the bank – right into a fire fight with the cops.

Injured and seeing no other option, Sherman leads them to their only hope for survival… Hotel Artemis.


What hit 1972 song by a 14-year-old Michael Jackson lost the Oscar for Best Song to the Maureen McGovern hit, The Morning After, from The Poseidon Adventure?

Last week’s question was: What movie starring Tom Cruise contained the famous line, “Show me the money!?” (Answer: Jerry Maguire).


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