‘Stage, song and sedation’

2011-11-08 00:00

FRESH from its successful run at the ­National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Robert-Ian Caldwell and Jeff Judge present their new show, A Green Number, at the Dive at the Hexagon ­Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus at 7 pm for 7.30 pm on Thursday and Friday.

Caldwell, a Hilton-based ­physician, and Judge, a ­professional musician ­specialising in saxophone and piano, have performed ­together since 2001. A Green Number marked their third Grahamstown collaboration.

They have also performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Caldwell has appeared solo in New ­Zealand, and in London and Torquay in Britain.

In their latest show, Caldwell is on “stage, song and sedation”; while Judge does keys, saxophone and vocals. “The tunes are borrowed and well known, while the lyrics are largely original, ­although successive South African ­governments have made script-writing a cinch,” Caldwell says, adding that patrons can look forward to decomposed Broadway musicals; politicians new and old; Dalai diversions; name changes; ­polluted rivers and speedy locomotives; cats and dogs; nightingales and white ants; applied tartan dyslexia; and a health-care section that should relieve depression.

In a review for Cue, Lee-Ann Knowles said of A Green Number, which was staged at the Grahamstown Fringe Festival: “These two entertainers treat their audience to a range of great pieces, with clever original lyrics and a good measure of mirth. It’s hard to write this — I can’t see through the tears of laughter. Good music, good show.”

Caldwell’s other shows include Trial by Surjury, Style plus Forgery, If the Cap Fits, Gnu’s Travels, Shaggy Dogs and Flannelled Fools, Eight Bells in the Last Dog, Catch Caldwell, Catch Another Caldwell, Cowardy Caldwell, Well ­Goodness Gracious Me, Thanks a ­Millennium, Caldwell Recalls, Museum Piece and By George! — it’s Caldwell.

Judge, meanwhile, was born in ­England’s Lake District and settled as a professional musician in Johannesburg in 1975, playing with The Supremes on their South African tour.

He has worked with Johnny Mathis, Juliet Prowse, Rolf Harris, Shirley Bassey and Rufus ­Thomas, performed with Tom Waits at the 1989 Grahamstown Festival, and has done orchestral work with PACT, Napac and CAPAB, including Chicago, Joseph, The Sound of Music, ­Jesus Christ ­Superstar and Queen at the Opera.

Director of music at Kingswood College in Grahamstown, Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill and at St Anne’s Diocesan School for Girls in Hilton, he has performed in jazz concerts at the Hilton Festival and currently leads the joint St Anne’s-Hilton College jazz and concert bands.


• Tickets for A Green Number are R60 (R55 for a table of 10). Take your own picnic. A cash bar will be available. To book, phone 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ ukzn.ac.za

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