An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life at Alexander Upstairs Theatre

By MapMyWay
6 February 2019

Alexander Upstairs Theatre, An Extraordinary Life
An Extraordinary Life - a musical memoir

The musical memoir of Jervis Pennington at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre is a truly original performance from a superb storyteller and world class songwriter with razor-sharp wit. From famous to homeless to fearless!

Jervis Pennington began his song writing career as lead-singer of his 80’s pop group The Soft Shoes. The group won the 1983 TV Talent Show ‘Follow that Star’ with their song ‘Elvis Astaire’, written by Jervis, which went to No 1 on several radio stations. The group sold over 100,000 records. Later, as General Manager of EMI’s South African music label, CCP Records, he managed the careers of artists such as Brenda Fassie. His songs written for The Capetonians mark a return to pop after writing the songs and scripts for several successful musical theatre productions.

  • “It’s a hellofa story!….and powerful songwriting.” – David Kramer at the Cape Town Fringe
  • “Emotionally overwhelming… and Jervis should be in stand-up comedy!” – Robyn Cohen, The Cape Times
  • “Brilliant Leonard Cohen-esque style folk songs!” – Bruce Dennill, Radio Today
  • “Raw, brutally honest, inspiring and hilarious. The most unusual piece of theatre I have seen.” – Alexander Upstairs audience review

Other Praise for Jervis Pennington‘s An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life includes

‘Who Really Freed Nelson?!’
FIVE NALEDI AWARD NOMINATIONS 2005
“…incredibly moving, world-class show…” – C.K. The Citizen
“See this show? Hell Yes!” -A.S. The Star
“…leaves audience begging for more.” This Day

Directed by Jervis Pennington & Nic Leonidas | Written & Performed by Jervis Pennington | Produced By Nic Leonidas | Presented by Authentik Productions  |  Duration: 70mins

WHERE: Alexander Bar & Café, 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town CBD, 8001
WHEN:Mon 11th Feb  to Sat 16th Feb at 7pm

TICKETS: R130.00 at door,  R120.00 pre-booked
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