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Tuesday, June 2, 2015


(Lisa Bobbert & Anthony Stonier)

A most macabre musical mixture of madness, murder and mirth starring Lisa Bobbert and Anthony Stonier, upstaged by concert pianist Andrew Warburton, this multi-award winning, brutal cabaret is back by public demand.

Directed by Caroline Smart, Brutal Tunes has music by Sondheim, Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer - all masters of the brutal, witty lyric...and there are more lyrics than you can possibly imagine! It will have two performances at the Westville Country Club on June 7.

Bristling with sharp wit and comedy and over flowing with musical ability, audiences should grab the opportunity to enjoy such talent. It has received rave reviews whenever it is presented:  Bobbert is brilliant, Stonier is first rate” - M Tarr; “Right royal treat!” - B Suter; “Amongst the finest supper shows yet staged” - B Suter; “Wickedly funny” - P Leeman

Brutal Tunes was specifically designed to highlight the talents and excellent working rapport of this trio. It is a music revue filled with comedy, clever (and brutal …!!) lyrics and outrageous fun. It is mad cap and macabre with a mixture of mystery, murder, mayhem and mirth mixed together for massive ‘musement!!

So much of life is brutal: love, lost love, marriage, the games society plays, parties, liaisons, families, the horrors adults put their children through - after all which child wants a mother whose face is lifted from its proper place … no aspect of life is left unscathed in this brutal take on life.

Bobbert and Stonier will be accompanied on piano by the acclaimed Andrew Warburton, accomplished classical musician and more than capable of upstaging them - after all, he has far more glamorous costumes - providing wonderful music, including an entire brutal concerto, despite the concerted attempts of the performers to derail him and, despite himself, adding enormously to the brutal atmosphere!

Expect to hear songs like Noel Coward’s That is the End of the News; Nina; Old Fashioned Girl - a la Eartha Kitt; A Bar on the Piccola Marina, and I’ve been to a Marvellous Party as well as Tom Lehrer’s Poisoning Pigeons in the Park and Masochism Tango.

Brutal Tunes is presented by the Westville Country Club in association with Rhumbelow Theatre performances take place on June 7 at 14h30 and 19h00 at the Westville Old Boys Hall, Westville Country Club, 1 Link Road, Westville.

The venue opens 90 minutes before show for meal. Tickets R170 including Main Meal (R150 WCC Members and Pensioners). Show tickets alone R120 (R100 WCC Members and Pensioners). There is a full bar and secure parking. Booking is essential through Computicket or e-mail Roland on 082 499 8636 or or visit