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Sunday, November 20, 2022



(Above: Roland Perold & Godfrey Johnson)

Two of cabaret’s most consummate, interesting, accomplished and quirky performers, Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold, reunite around the piano to bring their tantalising show: The Good News Cabaret to Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in December for a two-week festive season run, from December 15 until 31, 2022.

Featuring the talented fingers and distinctive voices of this dynamic duo, Johnson and Perold are well-known for their cabaret work throughout South Africa and abroad. Both sing and play piano simultaneously and bring their uncompromising talents and unique musical arrangements to the Durban stage.

The Good News Cabaret features a carefully handpicked selection of music / comedy material from across the globe - songs that are funny and witty; or strange and unusual. Perold, who is also producing, explains: “We live in a social media crazy world where everyone seems to be ‘doing fab’ but if you scratch below the surface, you realise that it’s another story. ‘Good News!’ on the surface, yes, but boy-oh-boy one level down and it’s a quagmire.”

Johnson continues: “We acknowledge this. And, by seeing the humour in the situation, we can all start to heal. Music is such a great tool to facilitate this. It has the ability to find the smiles, irrespective of the situation.”

(Right: Godfrey Johnson & Roland Perold)

Their song-list includes an array of cutting-edge new material as well as standards by composers like Tim Minchin, Noël Coward, Fats Waller, Randy Newman and others. Johnson and Perold have managed to extract the bittersweet sentiment that is present in so many works that form part of these composers’ discographies. Both Johnson and Perold are also established songwriters, with Perold winning the Writers’ Guild of South Africa’s MUSE Award for his musical, The Pitch. The audience can also look forward to original songs, Johnson explains: “With the current state of the world there is so much to talk about, we can’t resist!”

Johnson has performed over 21 one-man shows locally and internationally. He has worked extensively as a musician, director, composer and is a stalwart on the cabaret scene and no stranger to Durban audiences. Johnson has been nominated for six Fleur du Cap awards, most recently for his solo performances in Vaslav, and won for Best Performance in a Cabaret for his work in Kissed by Brel.

Perold is a skilled performer, producer and cabaret artist with 12 years’ experience across Revue, Cabaret, Plays, Musicals and Pantomime. Since returning to Durban he has launched the CAB Festival which supports the development of new musical theatre composers, at the behest of the Centre for Creative Arts, and was recently featured at the Hilton Arts Festival. Perold is thrilled to reunite with Johnson after the sell-out success of Coward & Cole, their previous collaboration.

This is the first time The Good News Cabaret comes to Durban.

The show runs from December 16 until 31, 2022.

Shows take place as follows:

December 15 to 17 at 19h00

December 18 at 14h00

December 21 to 23 at 19h00

December 24 at 14h00

December 28 to 31 at 19h00


(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R180 (“2 for 1 special” discount offered for the first five pairs of tickets sold for each performance at Computicket).

Picnic baskets may be brought to the venue, or food can be purchased onsite – burgers, wors rolls, chicken pops and chips, cheesy Russians, snack baskets etc. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). The venue opens 90 minutes before each show for snacks/drinks.

Limited secure parking available.

Booking is essential on email: or through Computicket.

For more information contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636 or visit

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo, Durban.

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