It’s a busy time for me as the Yawazzi team embark on several projects overlapping in a cascade of theatre, effectively keeping me busy every Thursday through Saturday from the launch of Tabula Rasa’s Jam Sessions on the 15th of April. Tape Hiss and Sparkle will kick off on Thursday night, Friday night is Jazz lead by young talent Mr Jephta, Saturday night is opened by solo songster Gabriel Marchand playing a mix of compositions.
Busy, busy, busy.
The following week Godfrey Johnson returns for a 3 night run with his very popular show, Shadow of Brel, on a warm-up for his tour to Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre.
Which brings us to an experiment of quite epic proportions – Two Fold. A collaboration between myself, Sanjin Muftic and Jason Potgieter, Two Fold is a visual theatre feast flirting with the theories of Antonin Artaud. Late at night a single employee is at work in the laundry, unpacking a very strange load. I’ll be cooking up many special effects and making improvised projectors, I’m looking forward to the hands on work. It’ll be running for 2 weeks, Thursday to Saturday.
And then Godfrey Johnson: Stories of Crime and Passion. This project has been a dream of mine for quite some time, Godfrey will be performing songs from diverse musicians, rearranging them to his signature piano style and passionate voice. The line up feature tales of love, murder, starcrossed criminals, passion and revenge from artists like Johnny Cash, Cole Porter, Aerosmith, Kenny Rogers, the Decemberists, Nick Cave, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and many others. This will also be my first time directing a performance in almost 2 years. Scary.
That’ll bring us to the end of Tabula Rasa’s season, it’ll be focusing on laundry related matters until after the World Cup. We’ve got some very cool projects being lined up for the second half of the year. more on these later.
Tape Hiss and Sparkle at Tabula Rasa… 15th April
Mr Jephta at Tabula Rasa… 16th April
Gabriel Marchand at Tabula Rasa… 17th April
Shadow of Brel at Tabula Rasa… 22nd, 23rd, 24th April, 8.30 pm
Two Fold at Tablua Rasa… 29th, 30th April, 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th May 8.30pm
Stories of Crime and Passion at Tabula Rasa… 13th, 14th, 15th and 20th, 21st, 22nd May, 7.30pm