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Saturday, December 10, 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 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.”

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 20 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 show had a very short run in Cape Town at the now defunct Alexander Bar. This is the first time it comes to Durban.

Shows run from

December 15 to 17 at 19h00 and on December 18 at 14h00.

December 21 to 23 at 19h00 and on 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.

Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. Bar available (no alcohol may be brought onto the premises). There is limited secure parking.

Booking is essential on email: or through Computicket

For more information contact 082 499 8636 or visit


For more information on the show, click on the “The Good News Cabaret” advert to the right of this article or visit