Things have been frantic at Johnson HQ lately as we prepare for a 3 nights only run of Shadow of Brel again at Tabula Rasa – just to warm me up for a tour to Durban where I’ll be hosted at the wonderful Rhumbelow theatre. I love working in Durban, the whole atmosphere is great – the press and audience, not to mention the weather, are very warm. I think they’re in for a treat with this one, Sanjin Muftic’s direction is simple and effective, really letting the raw power of Brel’s lyrics drive the show.
But before I trot up to Durbs we’ll be opening a brand new show at Tabula Rasa: Stories of Crime and Passion. This will be my first time being directed by Jon Keevy, the talented designer of Yawazzi Productions. We’ve worked together many times before and we’re both very excited about Stories – the song selection is all based around tales of, well I suppose it’s a little obvious, crime and passion. We’re looking at songs by Johnny Cash, Cole Porter, Aerosmith, Kenny Rogers, the Decemberists, Nick Cave, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and many others. It’s going to be quite a task choosing from such great material, let alone finding a new arrangement for each one.
Back to work now – have to sort out all our SAMRO registrations before these dreams can come true!
Shadow of Brel at Tabula Rasa… 22nd, 23rd, 24th April, 8.30 pm
Stories of Crime and Passion at Tabula Rasa… 13th, 14th, 15th and 20th, 21st, 22nd May, 7.30pm
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