Review: Shadow of Brel – An Evening of Music with Godfrey Johnson



Inadvertently I have become a theatre groupie. It was cemented last week when I found myself sitting in the front row for The Shadow of Brel – an evening of songs and entertainment by Godfrey Johnson at the Kalk Bay Theatre.

Johnson comes to his own in this rendition of Jacques Brel’s best known works. Don’t know who Brel is? This is all you need to know, he wrote songs that are stuffed with dark humour and witticisms accompanied by beautiful music that is light on the ear. Even though I did not recognize a single tune, it felt like I did.

The second half of the show is popular songs chosen by the audience. The proceeds go to the Darling fund. This is particularly fun if you want to hear “Like a Chicken, plucked for the very first time”. Johnson has a wicked sense of humour that mocks without being nasty.

The theatre could not have lent itself better to the performance. On a two seater bench it almost felt like I was over at my friend Godfrey’s for an evening of musical theatre. Naturally I let him have a go at the piano first.

By Jana van Heerden

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