'Cabaret Unzipped' with Godfrey Johnson


Being someone who is wears many artistical hats, from being a singer, writer, actor to being a director, it's no wonder Godfrey Johnson fell in love with cabaret!
"I love the cabaret genre as it allows me to blend my piano playing, singing and story telling into one intimate piece", said the singer while announcing his show schedule for the next couple of months.

Central to his upcoming performances is the piece titled 'Cabaret Unzipped - Songs and Satire', one that provides a satirical look at religion, hypocrisy and of course US President Donald Trump.
"I will be performing with Nicholas McDiarmid at The Alexander Bar in Cape Town from 18 to 21 July at 7pm. Our show is entitled 'Cabaret Unzipped - Songs and Satire' and it includes some not too polite songs about Trump, religion, coffee and hypocrisy. We do, however, also include some songs by favourites such as Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Tori Amos. 'Cabaret Unzipped' will also be at The Drama Factory in Somerset West on 22 July at 4pm.
“The Shadow of Brel will be at The Galloway Theatre 27 and 28 July at 8pm. In August Nicholas McDiarmid and I will be presenting a poetry and piano recital at the 2018 McGregor Poetry Festival. This performance will include a performance of Ravel’s spectacular, Gaspard de la Nuit", said Johnson.

The composer, who is also a writer/actor/director has been in the business for nearly 3 decades and has quite a lot of colourful moments to look back on that will surely bolster his 'highlight reel' one day.
"I have won a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for best performance in a revue. I have also been nominated for six. In 2016, I was nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards for 'Vaslav', best actor in a musical, best composer and best performance in a one person show".
"I have created and performed dozens of one man shows. Titles include, 'Alice Sal Regkom', 'The Importance of Being Harnessed', 'Vaslav', 'The Shadow of Brel' (directed by Sanjin Muftic), 'Stories of Crime and Passion' (directed by Jon Keevy), 'Love is Strange' (directed by Megan Furniss) and many many more.
"I have appeared in a number of films, Robert Silke’s, 'The Satry of Springbok Heights' and David Moore’s, 'Once Upon a Roadtrip', to name but a few. I have also composed a number of film soundtracks over the years.
"Other career highlights include playing Noel Coward opposite Pieter-Dirk Uys in 'Noel and Marlene', composing the musical, 'Die Van Aardes Van Grootoor' with Pieter-Dirk Uys, working with writer Karen Jeynes and director Lara Bye on 'Vaslav" and performing on the West End, London with my dear friend Claire Watling", said Johnson.

The cabaret artist feels privileged to be in the position that he is today and is thankful that his passion and curiosity for the arts is still very much alive.
"As a child I was interested in all aspects of the arts from design to music and fortunately not much has changed. I have been extremely privileged to work with some of the most original and exciting people in the industry who have helped feed my curiosity and passion.
"In 1992 I was asked to compose music for a university production, we had two weeks in which to get it all together. The experience was a glorious blur which led to awards and further career opportunities.
"I immediately started collaborating with some crazy and brilliant people and that is when my performance style began its evolution", said Johnson.

Apart from his upcoming perfomances, Godfrey is also looking forward to finishing the script for his new one person show, an album and a book!
"I'd like to complete the script for my new one person show about the life of Benjamin Britten. I am also working on a new album of my own songs as well as a dvd of show highlights. I am also completing 'Ancient Pieces' a book of piano pieces and drawings for beginners", he said.



DID YOU KNOW



Cabaret is a form of theatrical entertainment featuring music, song, dance, recitation, or drama. It is mainly distinguished by the performance venue, which might be a pub, a restaurant or a nightclub with a stage for performances. The audience, often dining or drinking, does not typically dance but usually sits at tables. Performances are usually introduced by a master of ceremonies or MC. The entertainment, as done by an ensemble of actors and according to its European origins, is often (but not always) oriented towards adult audiences and of a clearly underground nature. In the United States striptease, burlesque, drag shows, or a solo vocalist with a pianist, as well as the venues which offer this entertainment, are often advertised as cabarets.