Preview: Brand new South African production, Devil Song, glittering cabaret of villainous proportions, has its premiere in Cape Town from March 27 to April 5, 2023, at the Avalon Theatre

Devil Song- South African cabaret

When: March 27 to  April 5, 2023 at 7.30pm
Where: Avalon Auditorium, Homecoming Centre, Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town (formerly The Fugard)
Compiled and directed by: David Fick
Performer: Schoeman Smit
Tickets: R120
Bookings: Webtickets  

Vignettes written by: David Fick, Pieter Jacobs, Joanna Weinberg
Lighting design: Tara Notcutt
Set and costume design: Widaad Albertus
Musical direction: Ian Bothma
Sound Design: Melissa George  

Music, magic and drama: Thrilling news is the announcement of Devil Song, a cabaret, performed by Schoeman Smit and described as a “glittering cabaret of villainous proportions.” The cabaret has been inspired by Audra McDonald’s Tony Award-winning song cycle, The Seven Deadly Sins. Cape Town theatre maker and musical theatre maven, David Fick is in the director’s seat and has compiled vignettes which include his own writing and writing by Pieter Jacobs and Joanna Weinberg. This big production has an awesome creative team on board which includes Tara Notcutt (lighting design) and Widaad Albertus (set and costume design). Bravo to the production company, Dal Segno Theatre for bringing us this cabaret, with writing by South Africans and sumptuous staging. Read on for more:  

Brand new South African production DEVIL SONG is a glittering cabaret of villainous proportions!

 A brand new South African cabaret DEVIL SONG has its premiere in Cape Town from March 27 to April 5, 20223 at the Avalon Theatre.

Inspired by Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald’s song cycles The Seven Deadly Sins, DEVIL SONG is a delicious new cabaret that’s devilishly good fun! Presented by Dal Segno Theatre, DEVIL SONG is created by a stellar team of theatre makers. Compiled and directed by David Fick, it is performed by Schoeman Smit. The cabaret includes scenes written by South African artists, exploring universal themes around the seven deadly sins such as greed, lust, anger and gluttony.

So come one! Come all! DEVIL SONG is calling! Music, magic and drama come together in a gleaming and glittering cabaret of villainous proportions. Toss a coin to musical theatre maestro Schoeman Smit and he will bring to life a deliciously sinful montage of crooks, murderers, seducers, con men, traitors, tyrants, vagabonds and thieves. It’s show time, folks – so lock up your virtues and see what fortune has in store for you….

 Creative team

Lighting Design is by Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winner Tara Notcutt; original set and costume Design is by Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominee Widaad Albertus. Musical direction is by Ian Bothma and sound Design is by Melissa George. The vignettes are written by David Fick, Pieter Jacobs, Joanna Weinberg and also include a rarely- performed translation of to be or not to be by Eitemal.

We have been cooking up something delightfully dark and decadent with Devil Song,” says performer Schoeman Smit. “Take some meaty themes, a smorgasbord of talented writers, captivating music, songs and a good dollop of fun, and you have an evening of entertaining cabaret to remember!”

David Fick

David Fick has previously directed Schoeman Smit in the solo musical, Picture Incomplete, the debut production of Dal Segno Theatre. David has also directed small-scale independent musicals such as Over the Rainbow, House of Shadows and You Bet Your Life! He has also previously worked as an assistant director to acclaimed theatre-makers Geoffrey Hyland (The Fantasticks) and Janice Honeyman (Hansel and Gretel).  

Schoeman Smit

Schoeman Smit is a two-time Naledi Award-nominated performer whose credits include major musicals like Sweeney ToddRock of Ages, Into the Woods, The Producers, Sinbad the Sailor and Evita. A third-generation musician, he graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology’s Opera School and has performed in classical and opera works such as Mozart’s RequiemUn Giorno di RegnoCarmen and Il Caro Sassone. Further credits include children’s theatre productions of The Secret GardenNoddy and The Adventures of Oliver and a Spanish tour of the music show, The Boys are Back in Town.

DEVIL SONG will be performed from March 27 until April 5 at 19h30 in the Avalon Auditorium, Homecoming Centre, Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town. Bookings can be made at Webtickets  

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