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JAKE’S REVOLUTION (article first published : 2008-08-7)

Fresh from Grahamstown, Clifford Bryan takes some time away from the studio to perform his self-penned show Jake’s Revolution that explores the life of pub muso Jake Harrison.

The story is a look into to a life of a pub gigger "Jake" who we find playing at Jonny's pub and grill. Audiences follow Jake Harrison’s life journey from farm boy to minor singing sensation to pub musician. It deals with his life as an artist and the people who influence him, following his musical career and personal story as he tries to discover life and the arts and the big city.

“When I first started out writing the piece three years ago, I asked myself a question after watching a pub gigger - why he never played anything he wrote? And so began my process,” explains Bryan.

The material is original and new – Bryan only plays three covers in the show, and he plays them for effect. The bulk of the show features music he has written which he describes loosely as original light acoustic rock

This one man musical premiered at the National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown this year. "Cliff has a magnificent voice, he performs close to the bone and his performance is sincere,” Cue magazine, Grahamstown."

Bryan has also performed in Rocky Horror (Barnyard 2004/2005) as Dr Scott as well as appearing in Othello; and Sound of Music in 1996.

The show is light story telling with music, and a slight twist. It is suitable for an age group from 16 up.

Jake’s Revolution runs at Catalina Theatre on Wilson’s Wharf from August 6 to 17 (no show on August 9). Shows Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sunday at 14h00 and 18h00) with Buy One Get One Free offers on Tuesdays and Sundays. Tickets R60 (R30 pensioners and students). Bookings through Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889

The Catalina Theatre is still functioning thanks to the generosity and support of Rainbow Chicken.




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